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post #23941 of 23943 Old 08-20-2017, 06:05 PM
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Thanks, it is an awesome thread, i am just getting my UHD setup going, although it is extremely modest and i'm not sure i'm qualified to review movies haha.
Good eyes and a working display are really the only qualifications for giving your opinion in this thread. Once you get the hang of it, contributing here is easy as pie. Hopefully we'll get more UHD scores.

Whale Rider

recommendation: Tier 2.75*

A solid effort by Shout Factory. The film transfer offers decent definition with fine clarity. A hint of ringing and a spot of noisy grain are the only real demerits to this presentation. It's probably not a brand-new film scan but everything looks in order for the 2002 movie.

The New Zealand production does have its visual moments along the coastline.

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The Great Wall (UHD)

Recommendation: Tier 0.5*

Movie with a stretch of a plot that seemingly had the goal of hmmm that would look good/cool on screen. Armor is of various primary and secondary colors which comes across very rich in WCG. Plot gives reason to this by saying each color is a different troop unit. Details are rich and don't appear to be smoothed over with the possible exception of the lead actress' face. Having been to Japan this also seems to somewhat fall under the popular makeup style that's pervasive for the region. Lightens the skin and really smooth's out the face. Blacks are well maintained, and CGI holds up well. A couple fleeting shots that appeared to have heightened black levels, but due to how each set handles HDR curves differently I can't say for sure if it was my set's tone curve or the source. Due to this I am not going to ding this title harshly. Need to see more titles in general to get better understanding.

If looking for a fun flick that meets our general PQ criteria this title is worth a watch, just know what you're getting into with the plot before hand. (Martial Art warriors protect The Great Wall from Alien Species) Also, something about Matt Damon's accent in this threw me off. Couldn't place if it was a accent he was going in/out of, or he was trying to talk with a certain cadence that sometimes didn't happen.


Edit: Wanted to add that as Hollywood tries to capitalize on massive sales in China and surrounding region, these movies that mix 1 major Hollywood star with a cast of (presumably) famous Asian film stars together is going to keep growing. Hope that in future they can find better ways to do it, or leave out the white Hollywood actor and not rely on a thin plot reason for why they are present. The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise molded an entire movie around the idea, and made it work IMO, this film ehhhhh...... (I'll accept Matt Damon fine, but Willem Dafoe too???)

Have Despicable Me 1 & 2 in line, but waiting to get some software updates in the A/V chain so can watch in Dolby Vision.
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The Great Wall (UHD)

Recommendation: Tier 0.5*

Movie with a stretch of a plot that seemingly had the goal of hmmm that would look good/cool on screen. Armor is of various primary and secondary colors which comes across very rich in WCG. Plot gives reason to this by saying each color is a different troop unit. Details are rich and don't appear to be smoothed over with the possible exception of the lead actress' face. Having been to Japan this also seems to somewhat fall under the popular makeup style that's pervasive for the region. Lightens the skin and really smooth's out the face. Blacks are well maintained, and CGI holds up well. A couple fleeting shots that appeared to have heightened black levels, but due to how each set handles HDR curves differently I can't say for sure if it was my set's tone curve or the source. Due to this I am not going to ding this title harshly. Need to see more titles in general to get better understanding.

If looking for a fun flick that meets our general PQ criteria this title is worth a watch, just know what you're getting into with the plot before hand. (Martial Art warriors protect The Great Wall from Alien Species) Also, something about Matt Damon's accent in this threw me off. Couldn't place if it was a accent he was going in/out of, or he was trying to talk with a certain cadence that sometimes didn't happen.


Edit: Wanted to add that as Hollywood tries to capitalize on massive sales in China and surrounding region, these movies that mix 1 major Hollywood star with a cast of (presumably) famous Asian film stars together is going to keep growing. Hope that in future they can find better ways to do it, or leave out the white Hollywood actor and not rely on a thin plot reason for why they are present. The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise molded an entire movie around the idea, and made it work IMO, this film ehhhhh...... (I'll accept Matt Damon fine, but Willem Dafoe too???)

Have Despicable Me 1 & 2 in line, but waiting to get some software updates in the A/V chain so can watch in Dolby Vision.
Watched the 1080p blu of this and it is a very pretty movie with none of the teal/orange color grading that many US studio films seem to employ: colors were vibrant and clear and really quite wonderful. I was explaining to my parents how pretty it was while at the same time saying that I couldn't actually recommend the movie itself.

Matt Damon was attempting an Irish accent to very poor results.

I'd put the regular blu-ray in the same range: Tier 0 for sure, probably in the middle or towards the bottom.

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