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Old 08-15-2014, 08:23 AM - Thread Starter
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I guess Ralph you will be reviewing Captain America 2 this week? Looking forward in receiving my copy next wedneday
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Hi Frank, my screener disc (no 3D! ) is on the way and should arrive mid week.

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Hi Frank, my screener disc (no 3D! ) is on the way and should arrive mid week.

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Question X-MEN Days of Future Past

Hi Lee, Ralph

Any word yet on X-MEN Days of Future Past? If I'm not mistaken, I think it is due to release this coming Tuesday, Oct. 14th.

Thanks in advance for any info.

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It may be less expensive to buy Blu Rays, especially if you buy them on sale and a door buster sales. Here's an explanation:chipbrown.me/2013/05/16/is-physical-product-cheaper-than-netflix/

The quality is also better (less compression) and you also get a lot more extras and it's way cheaper than actually going to the movie theater.
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Hi Lee, Ralph

Any word yet on X-MEN Days of Future Past? If I'm not mistaken, I think it is due to release this coming Tuesday, Oct. 14th.

Thanks in advance for any info.

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20th Century Fox has changed their policy with respect to forwarding Blu-ray screeners for review. They have now opened a "Digital Screening Room" online for press to watch new releases in advance. The titles are in watermarked HD and of course there is no option for surround sound playback, lossless or otherwise. This will make it impossible for writers to report on the quality of both the image and sound.

Any Blu-ray screeners that are sent out will go only to a limited few online reviewers probably on a case by case basis. I have something arriving today from 20th Century Fox but if I had to guess it's not X-Men but probably a DreamWorks title that streets today (Fox distributes DreamWorks so their screeners come from them also). I will advise.


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Hi Lee, Ralph

Any word yet on X-MEN Days of Future Past? If I'm not mistaken, I think it is due to release this coming Tuesday, Oct. 14th.

Thanks in advance for any info.

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Greetings,

20th Century Fox has changed their policy with respect to forwarding Blu-ray screeners for review. They have now opened a "Digital Screening Room" online for press to watch new releases in advance. The titles are in watermarked HD and of course there is no option for surround sound playback, lossless or otherwise. This will make it impossible for writers to report on the quality of both the image and sound.

Any Blu-ray screeners that are sent out will go only to a limited few online reviewers probably on a case by case basis. I have something arriving today from 20th Century Fox but if I had to guess it's not X-Men but probably a DreamWorks title that streets today (Fox distributes DreamWorks so their screeners come from them also). I will advise.


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Greetings,

I am happy to report that X-Men Days of future past arrived today from Fox. Look for my review on Thursday..


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Hey Ralph are you getting Maleficent ? The reason why I ask is because the Australian copy says DTS HD MA but its actually only DTS. Curious to read if US version is DTS HD MA

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Hey Ralph are you getting Maleficent ? The reason why I ask is because the Australian copy says DTS HD MA but its actually only DTS. Curious to read if US version is DTS HD MA
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I have requested it Frank and expect it to arrive in the next week. To my knowledge it contains a 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack..


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I have requested it Frank and expect it to arrive in the next week. To my knowledge it contains a 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack..





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Thanks Ralph! Will be keeping an eye out for your review.

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any one get the Blu-Ray version on the original version of Nutty Professor? If so how is it?...
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Variation in BD PQ

I have a technical question and was thinking about opening up a new thread and asking it there instead but I figure most of the experts follow this one already so here goes:

Why do some blu rays look much better than others? Let me explain by what I mean.

Riddick and Jobs are my two reference blu ray discs that look absolutely unbelievable and had me rewinding, pausing and gushing every few minutes when I first saw them. As to the actual movies themselves- sadly they were a meandering mess

Does it have anything to do with how the movies were shot (camera, lenses, type of film?) Or are we talking about the quality of transfers, the film used or the amount of film grain?

Or is this just personal preference? For example I hate film grain. Probably because I have a Panasonic 65VT60 which already has dithering as a drawback to its PDP technology so any grain added to it only makes it worse in my opinion.

Maybe I need a videophile doctor to diagnose me because even though I can't say I enjoyed a second of the 2 movies mentioned above, I still bought them afterwards to show off my Panny to family and friends. It could mean that I like colors that pop off coupled with a sharp picture but who doesn't? All I can say is that it's been a good couple of months and I haven't seen any BD close to those two when it comes to PQ.

Can someone tell me why I like the PQ of those 2 movies so much and wish every blu ray disc looked like them?

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Merlin Complete Series Blu Ray - Sound format?

Happy Thanksgiving week!
Does anyone know what sound format Merlin Complete Series Blu Ray is? 7.1 hopefully? I can't find any information out there.
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Good day, Ralph!

Just wondering if you'll be posting a review of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (released on blu-ray on Dec 02, 2014)?

Sorry if it has been posted already and I've missed it.

Thank you for all the fine reviews.

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Good day, Ralph!

Just wondering if you'll be posting a review of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (released on blu-ray on Dec 02, 2014)?

Sorry if it has been posted already and I've missed it.

Thank you for all the fine reviews.
Greetings,

Thanks for checking in oz. 20th Century Fox did not send a review copy. I picked up the Best Buy Metal Pack yesterday. I may put a Spotlight Review together although to be honest since the studio didn't send a copy I am torn about providing coverage for them.


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20th Century Fox did not send a review copy. I picked up the Best Buy Metal Pack yesterday. I may put a Spotlight Review together although to be honest since the studio didn't send a copy I am torn about providing coverage for them.
Thanks, Ralph... can't say that I blame you. Maybe they will get around to sending your review copy. In the interim, I hope you enjoy watching the Best Buy Metal Pack purchase.
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Just got my 3D tv and would like some recommendations on the best 3D titles that really show off the TV to purchase.
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Just finished watching TNMNT on BLU Ralph I think you will be impressed especially with the audio


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Finished it this morning Frank and yeah it sounds great..


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I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum to ask but here goes...
I'm looking for a particular 2min to 4minute action sequence in "Star Trek Into Darkness". I'm only concerned with PQ for what would be regarded as an intense action scene but does not need to be a full steady 2 minute action scene but at least 60 seconds with minimal to no dialog would be most preferable. I need this to conduct a few power & performance tests on next gen hardware.

Unfortunately, I don't have the time to watch and assess which segment stands out the best so would appreciate if anyone has any recommended clip segments.
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Just got my 3D tv and would like some recommendations on the best 3D titles that really show off the TV to purchase.
I will hijack this post and ask for 3D blu-rays recommendation as well... I have quite a few very good 2D blu-rays to "show off", but which 3D ones besides Gravity (I have this one) are good?
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I will hijack this post and ask for 3D blu-rays recommendation as well... I have quite a few very good 2D blu-rays to "show off", but which 3D ones besides Gravity (I have this one) are good?
I already have Avatar- Excellent

and Plant Of The Apes- Very Good
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Spiderman 2 3D

Disappointed - Story line slow. Bad acting.

Need to trade this disk

Wish I had never bought this BR disk

2:40:1 (not full 16:9 screen)

After my learning experienced, I don't buy disks that are not:

http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=9502
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Spiderman 2 3D

Disappointed - Story line slow. Bad acting.

Need to trade this disk

Wish I had never bought this BR disk

2:40:1 (not full 16:9 screen)

After my learning experienced, I don't buy disks that are not:

http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=9502
I disagree with you about the story and acting, but that's a matter of taste.

Most movies have been shot at aspect ratios much wider than 16:9 (1.78:1), usually hovering around 2.35:1 (though Stanley Kubrick shot in 2.2:1), as a way to provide a widescreen experience that 4:3 (1.33:1) TV sets couldn't match, at least since the nineteen-sixties. We have two eyes, each with a roughly circular field of vision, placed a few inches apart, leading to a field of view at least twice as wide as it is high.

That is what most movies made in the past half century have attempted to emulate, at least in part to provide something that 4:3 TVs - which were all there were until a decade or so ago - couldn't match, as a way to lure folks away from their TVs and back into movie theaters.

Before 16:9 screens (and Blu-rays) became common, films on DVD were often available in two versions: the original aspect ratio "widescreen" version and a "fullscreen" version, with the image zoomed in on to fill the screen vertically, with one or both sides of the image shaved off to fit the screen - but that was to fit a 4:3 conventional TV screen.

Now that 16:9 screens have become common, leading to much thinner black bars above and below than on a 4:3 screen when watching a widescreen movie, the studios don't bother making "fullscreen" versions any more.

You're radically limiting your viewing choices by rejecting anything shot wider than 16:9.

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I disagree with you about the story and acting, but that's a matter of taste.

Most movies have been shot at aspect ratios much wider than 16:9 (1.78:1), usually hovering around 2.35:1 (though Stanley Kubrick shot in 2.2:1), as a way to provide a widescreen experience that 4:3 (1.33:1) TV sets couldn't match, at least since the nineteen-sixties. We have two eyes, each with a roughly circular field of vision, placed a few inches apart, leading to a field of view at least twice as wide as it is high.

That is what most movies made in the past half century have attempted to emulate, at least in part to provide something that 4:3 TVs - which were all there were until a decade or so ago - couldn't match, as a way to lure folks away from their TVs and back into movie theaters.

Before 16:9 screens (and Blu-rays) became common, films on DVD were often available in two versions: the original aspect ratio "widescreen" version and a "fullscreen" version, with the image zoomed in on to fill the screen vertically, with one or both sides of the image shaved off to fit the screen - but that was to fit a 4:3 conventional TV screen.

Now that 16:9 screens have become common, leading to much thinner black bars above and below than on a 4:3 screen when watching a widescreen movie, the studios don't bother making "fullscreen" versions any more.

You're radically limiting your viewing choices by rejecting anything shot wider than 16:9.
Thank you

I will stick with full screen videos as indicated below:

http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=9502
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I will hijack this post and ask for 3D blu-rays recommendation as well... I have quite a few very good 2D blu-rays to "show off", but which 3D ones besides Gravity (I have this one) are good?
Avitar 3D - Excellent video and surround quality - 1.78 (fullscreen)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D - Excellent video and surround quality - 1.85 (almost fullscreen)

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I have heard that there is one Harry Potter Blu-ray box set that is worth getting - but I am not sure which one it is...

I guess there were some stating that there are other Blu-ray box sets that were not as good...

Anyone know which is the one to get?


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