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post #23311 of 23316 Old 07-25-2016, 08:51 PM
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That KURO of yours admirably served the PQ Tiers with many years of fine service. May it now enjoy retirement. The Sony you've chosen sounds like the perfect replacement.
Yes, the KURO was indeed an admirable "servant." As far as "retirement," I am glad my daughter and her family will be able to enjoy its excellent PQ for (hopefully) years to come.

Regarding the Sony being the perfect replacement, as you know I had my eye on the OLED technology for the last few years. But in the end I craved a big screen and LG's 77" OLED is priced somewhere in the stratosphere (at over 20k) and there was no way I would ever consider such a price (the Sony cost about 75% less). The OLED definitely has better black levels (for with it being a self-emissive display, the pixels turn completely black when called upon to do so) than the Sony, but they aren't without problems. There are still some uniformity issues and at times the blacks are too strong and crush detail. They also don't have as good an up-scaler as the Sony, so "all things considered," the Sony was the most practical choice. Plus, it was good enough to win 2nd place in the Flat Panel Shootout this year. I'm satisfied with "second best!"

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I just got back from the Video store with Criminal and Allegiant. I hope to see both of them today. Has anyone seen either or both of these?

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant

We have another WINNER here!

My jaw was dropping to the floor throughout this release, thanks to the incredible DETAILS, DEPTH, CLARITY and some of the best BLACK LEVELS/SHADOW DETAILS I've ever seen. Early on there is some annoying color-grading that affected other colors (and flesh tones), but it didn't disrupt in the least the 4 things just mentioned. I should also mention CONTRAST, for there are a lot of bright scenes and the WHITES are simply brilliant. I was so impressed with this release that I immediately ordered the UHD version of it (but be assured the 1080p version is excellent and will give your eyes a true visual feast).

This is a "PQ thread," but I feel constrained to say that the audio (which was "only" Dolby Digital) was reference quality from beginning to end. Dialogue was crisp, action in the surrounds was enveloping and precise, and everything coming from my SVS sub was awesome!

Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (.5)

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Criminal

I am blessed! Two WINNERS in a row!!

I did some research before viewing this title and discovered it was shot using the Arri Alexa XT camera AND the Red Epic Dragon. Though there were FLEETING SOFT SHOTS at times (primarily in the first 30 minutes), the vast majority of its 110 minutes running time was SHARP as a tack! The DETAILS were exemplary, whether we're talking facial close-ups (the texture was unbelievable in both Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones), clothing, buildings, foliage, etc., etc. FLESH TONES were spot-on accurate. DEPTH was astounding in many shots. COLORS were vibrant when primaries were on display. CONTRAST was bold and strong, with STELLAR BLACKS and AMAZING WHITES. There were many night time scenes to showcase the inky blacks, and they never crushed details. During the very last shot taken on a beach, the PQ was so hypnotizing that I truly thought I was watching a reference 4K release.

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I've seen some stunning video from the RED Epic Dragon camera, so I can imagine.

Croupier

recommendation: Tier 2.75*

Hen's Tooth Video put this little seen but excellent Clive Owens' film from 1997 out on Blu-ray. Croupier receives a decent film transfer with solid definition and improved clarity over DVD. It's a newish effort that is pleasantly sharp. Some light high-frequency filtering may have been applied, detail is seemingly rolled off a tiny bit. It remains a film-like presentation without notable artifacts.

My main complaint resides in the somewhat blown-out contrast. A richer, darker contrast is probably more accurate for this film. Don't get me wrong, this is a very serviceable presentation.

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Belladonna of Sadness

recommendation: Tier 3.0*

Los Angeles-based digital restoration and post-production studio Cinelicious restored this lost Japanese masterpiece of animation. Belladonna of Sadness is an experimental 1973 animated film helmed by Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion). The original 35mm camera negative has been scanned at 4K resolution and beautifully restored in a proper, high-quality transfer.

An in-depth article discussing Belladonna's restoration can be found here:

http://www.moviemaker.com/archives/s...na-of-sadness/

This is not traditional cel animation. Its animation is closer to a series of highly refined still watercolors, which gives it a unique aesthetic. Colors don't pop off the screen as much as they bleed and twist together. A picture is worth more than a thousand words. The best way to grasp Belladonna of Sadness's thoroughly unique animation is checking out screenshots, found below at the link.

http://doblu.com/2016/07/26/belladon...lu-ray-review/

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