Another great review! I’m a little surprised by the exceptionally high marks, but I was impressed with the image quality of the ARRI Alexa’s as well. I’ve been doting on all of the movies shot on ‘film’ recently that I’ve been catching on Blu-ray and knew this was shot digitally from my HDVideoPro subscription – so, I was curious how it would compare.
Digital does have its own quality of clarity. The colors, to me, still didn’t have that certain richness to them of film, but they were by no means anything less than superb! Skin tones, etc. Digital seems to do very well with capturing skin tones I’ve been noticing (on my set that is NOT professionally calibrated either for that matter – they just look good for my ballpark settings)
I guess Skyfall had so many dramatically colorful scenes that it left me wondering – wow, what if that had been shot on film; how much better it might have looked. I think the relatively lower expectations of this movie lent to it being more impressive for a digitally shot movie for me. I believe the impression I get is that the ARRI Alexa’s have the edge in lower light vs. the higher resolution edge of the RED cameras. They certainly seemed to capture it well.
I rented this as a follow-up to Red Dawn from the evening before in keeping with a theme of sorts that I was in a mood for. I saw it in the theater and it had an unexpected appeal in the portrayal of the resolve of Jessica Chastain’s character to see triumph in her quest to bring justice.
Jessica Chastain was super impressive too btw. This was the first that I had really taken notice of her and it was quite an introduction. Too bad the politics of the torture scenes diminished the chances of her winning the Oscar (I’m sorta pissed at Jennifer Lawrence and refuse to watch Silver Linings Playbook despite it likely being a story that I would really like).
Anyway, impressive transfer to Blu-ray for certain! Sound was better than expected for me as well.