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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
I was quite surprised to see that this title has never been reviewed (and thus it is not listed in the Rankings Thread). I do recall seeing this before, so for whatever reason I failed to review it (it's possible I saw it on a satellite broadcast and that's why I didn't write a review).
I loved the "natural-look" that this release offered. It had a lot of natural light and colors were natural (not MUTED or SATURATED). It also had a lot of film grain and this usually lends itself to a more natural look. I will say though, regarding the grain, that it became heavy at times and I could see some thinking it was "noise" and not grain. This look appeared in quite a few long distance and panoramic shots of deserts, mountains and forests, with the sky suffering the most.
Black levels were superb and nothing was lost in the shadows! This is good news because there were many night time scenes or interior scenes with either low light or no light at all. Contrast overall was excellent. Flesh tones were also "natural" and thus spot on accurate. The color palette was on the drab side, though there were a fair amount of bold primaries (especially "reds") that really stuck out against the earth tones surrounding them. Details were good to very good, not excellent (some were high tier 1, others fell into tier 2). Depth could be astounding at times, but generally speaking there was nothing to write home to Mama about in this department.
Before I place this, I watched the 4K version and it really didn't look that much better for most of its 120 minute running time. There were subtle differences though that would probably bring it up a notch in placement.
Tier Recommendation: 1.25*
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