Join Date: Jun 2007
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So we're finally getting some of the classic Disney action flicks and other movies on Bluray. Crimson Tide, The Rock, Con-Air, Die-Hard, etc.
I was thrilled when they all arrived and I quickly inserted the discs, hit play and prepared myself for visual/audio orgasms.
I wasn't too concerned about the uncompressed PCM only 5.1 audio but it should have been a red flag for how these were made. As you see I quickly saw that folks over at the duplication center merely threw in the master, hit play, record and walked off for a coffee break.
Sure I appreciate them not having to apply Dolby Digital compression to the master audio track and giving me uncompressed 5.1 Sure I appreciate the 1080p resolution. But what I didn't appreciate was the absolutely ZERO modern day post processing before or while they did the transfer!
Die Hard especially is guilty of this. The movie sounds pretty good. SoundFX are dynamic, dialog is clear but the movie looks like a fourth generation transfer from 16mm! YUK. And it's not because Panavision lenses and the film at the time were that soft. I have seen movies OLDER than these look better thanks to post processing/remastering.
The Buena Vista ones are not as bad but they don't *pop* that is for sure.
I guess maybe we can hope for a special edition or something.
Armageddon was never released anamorphic on DVD. Not even the Criterion one. So I looked forward to not only seeing it 2:35:1 but in HD. But now I am worried that it too will be a PLAY-RECORD-GO-GET-COFFEE transfer. :\\
Kevin "Q" Quattro
Lead Artist, Inhance Digital