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Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-18-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,049
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Those are all good calls. They need film...

Those are all good calls. They need film transfers struck this century.:p
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-18-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By Phantom Stranger
That particular movie is tricky, since the DP...

That particular movie is tricky, since the DP used very exotic lighting for its time. If I remember correctly, they used the older transfer struck for DVD when they issued its Blu-ray.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-18-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Some of is clearly revisionist thinking so the...

Some of is clearly revisionist thinking so the movie's look is more palatable for modern audiences. In other cases, it's hard to duplicate the original color timing with modern digital tools. Almost...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-17-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
The video on Godzilla is somewhat controversial...

The video on Godzilla is somewhat controversial from what I gather, there are complaints the picture is overly dark. It's not at the top of my priority list, so others will have to chime-in with...
Forum: HDTV Software Media Discussion   09-16-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 280
Posted By Phantom Stranger
A better, more capable 4K format. I think they've...

A better, more capable 4K format. I think they've made some limited technological choices to get it out on the market as soon as possible. They are repeating the same mistake they made with HD DVD.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-16-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,049
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Master & Commander has reference audio and...

Master & Commander has reference audio and suspect picture quality. It needs a better video encode and possibly a new film master struck for a more film-like experience.
Forum: HDTV Software Media Discussion   09-16-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 280
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Zero purchases. I believe 4K will be a temporary...

Zero purchases. I believe 4K will be a temporary transition format in the market, much like DVHS once was.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-16-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
My Tutor recommendation: Tier 3.0* The...

My Tutor

recommendation: Tier 3.0*

The people behind niche label Scorpion Releasing have shown a rather good eye when choosing their Blu-ray releases, at least from the ones I have personally...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-15-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
The Deadly Duo recommendation: Tier 2.5* ...

The Deadly Duo

recommendation: Tier 2.5*

I had a very long analysis written for this BD that was eaten by the forum, so I will be brief. This is possibly the best vintage film transfer struck...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-15-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 257,228
Posted By Phantom Stranger
The bigger sticking point for improved Blu-rays...

The bigger sticking point for improved Blu-rays is striking new film masters. That is the most expensive part of the process and the one most of the larger studios continue to skimp on.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-13-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Pawn Shop Chronicles recommendation: Tier 0*...

Pawn Shop Chronicles

recommendation: Tier 0* (.6)

Pristine picture quality, terrible movie.:eek: Incredible definition and texture, highlighted by impressive depth. If I had to cite anything...
Forum: Blu-ray Disc Great Found Deals!   09-13-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Some of the packs: Abduction/Killers/Push ...

Some of the packs:

Abduction/Killers/Push

Lord of War/Freelancers/King of New York
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-12-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Having seen a string of recent WB television...

Having seen a string of recent WB television releases, I'll review them all at once.

Supernatural: Season Nine

recommendation: Tier 2.5*

The Vampire Diaries: Season Five

recommendation:...
Forum: HDTV Software Media Discussion   09-12-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 409
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I don't think backwards compatibility is as big a...

I don't think backwards compatibility is as big a lure these days, as it once was in the past. Most agree 4K video will be a niche format aimed at the very wealthy and tech elites. Backwards...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-12-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,771
Posted By Phantom Stranger
It's interesting to see what studios decide when...

It's interesting to see what studios decide when they assign combo packs. The latest season of Supernatural didn't get companion DVDs but shows like Person of Interest and Vampire Diaries did receive...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-11-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,049
Posted By Phantom Stranger
For those new to the format, we have ranked...

For those new to the format, we have ranked thousands of Blu-rays by consensus according to their perceived picture quality:
...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-11-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 295
Views: 13,308
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I want it for the legendary producer's cut of...

I want it for the legendary producer's cut of Halloween 6, but it's tough spending $100 to re-buy all the other movies.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-09-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,181
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Anyone have firsthand experience with the Captain...

Anyone have firsthand experience with the Captain Kronos BD available in Australia? This is one of my favorite Hammers and I don't foresee it getting a North American release.
Forum: Blu-ray Disc Great Found Deals!   09-09-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By Phantom Stranger
They also come with UV codes for the movies.

They also come with UV codes for the movies.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-06-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Man of Tai Chi recommendation: Tier 0*...

Man of Tai Chi

recommendation: Tier 0* (bottom 1/3)

A beautiful scope presentation from director Keanu Reeves.:eek: I never imagined I would need to write those words. Man of Tai Chi is a...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-06-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Odd Thomas recommendation: Tier 2.25* ...

Odd Thomas

recommendation: Tier 2.25*

By all rights this superficially impressive picture quality should land in Tier One. Despite some minor banding due to a deficient AVC video encode...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-06-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 257,228
Posted By Phantom Stranger
It is owned by Miramax, which isn't much more...

It is owned by Miramax, which isn't much more than an empty licensing house at this point. We'll likely get stuck with the disappointing Disney transfer on Blu-ray in Region A until the format croaks.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-05-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Ruby Sparks recommendation: Tier 2.5* ...

Ruby Sparks

recommendation: Tier 2.5*

This BD is a couple of years old by now, released by 20th Century Fox. It is a rather middle-of-the-road looking film with relatively simple...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   09-05-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21,889
Views: 3,544,443
Posted By Phantom Stranger
This is only marginally related to the PQ Tiers...

This is only marginally related to the PQ Tiers but the following BDs are in low supply from Twilight Time:

OUR MAN FLINT - Fewer than 250 remaining
AS GOOD AS IT GETS - Fewer than 400 remaining...
Forum: HDTV Software Media Discussion   09-05-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 893
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I think the hardware manufacturers are the ones...

I think the hardware manufacturers are the ones behind this push more than Hollywood studios.
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