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Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-23-2014, 10:00 PM
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Posted By Phantom Stranger
Noah is coming soon. Blue Ruin ...

Noah is coming soon.

Blue Ruin

recommendation: Tier 1.5*

An independent film distributed by Anchor Bay via The Weinstein Company, the thriller surpassed my picture quality expectations. This...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-22-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
The next update to the Tiers has not been...

The next update to the Tiers has not been published but the following scores are included in it. These are all the ones I have since the last official update. Speak now if you see an error. Going...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-22-2014, 11:32 AM
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Views: 252,700
Posted By Phantom Stranger
It's a crime we haven't seen Quick Change on...

It's a crime we haven't seen Quick Change on Blu-ray, one of Bill Murray's funnier movies.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-21-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Which distributor released it in the UK?

Which distributor released it in the UK?
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-21-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Rio 2 sounds like a true contender for the top...

Rio 2 sounds like a true contender for the top spot. I probably won't get around to watching it, so someone else will have to chime-in on its merits. I can imagine the color palette being truly...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-21-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By Phantom Stranger
It's possible we are getting too jaded by the...

It's possible we are getting too jaded by the ultra-pristine transfers from digitally-shot blockbusters. Transcendence really doesn't look much different than a number of other movies shot on film...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-20-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By Phantom Stranger
When people here speak of filtering it's usually...

When people here speak of filtering it's usually a low-pass filter commonly applied to the entire Digital Intermediate, though it's tough to suss out in Transcendence with all of the VFX going on....
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-20-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
It's not related to those series aside from...

It's not related to those series aside from appropriating their naming convention. Steins; Gate of course is one of the best programs of all time, Hollywood should really attempt to turn it into a...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-20-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Alas, you named one series I don't like very...

Alas, you named one series I don't like very much. I had a tough time making it through Attack on Titan, it's not my cup of tea. I'm about to finish watching Robotics; Notes on Blu-ray at the current...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-20-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I have not seen it yet but I am usually a couple...

I have not seen it yet but I am usually a couple of months behind on my anime watching.;) For the better shows I will usually wait until I can watch it on Blu-ray unless there is massive hype for it....
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-20-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By Phantom Stranger
There is definite filtering going on, I have good...

There is definite filtering going on, I have good references from other Blu-rays on how Morgan Freeman looks on screen in 1080p. I was not the one railing about it, merely confirming its existence....
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-19-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I'm speaking of the Blu-ray having been filtered,...

I'm speaking of the Blu-ray having been filtered, I have a review copy.;)
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-19-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I have seen Transcendence and it is filtered,...

I have seen Transcendence and it is filtered, though that review goes overboard on its severity and impact. How else were they going to keep Johnny Depp looking young? The video filtering helps...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-19-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Transcendence recommendation: Tier 1.75* ...

Transcendence

recommendation: Tier 1.75*

The picture quality is a little disappointing for noted cinematographer Wally Pfister's first film as director. There is nothing grossly wrong with the...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-19-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I cheated a little and went back through my...

I cheated a little and went back through my written reviews to come up with a short list to begin the discussion. Working backward from today, the discs that jumped out at me include Wolf Creek 2,...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-16-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,153
Posted By Phantom Stranger
This is actually one of Scream Factory's...

This is actually one of Scream Factory's better-looking discs compared to the ones with near-DVD level detail.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-15-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Countess Dracula recommendation: Tier 4.5* ...

Countess Dracula

recommendation: Tier 4.5*

The 1970 Hammer film starring Ingrid Pitt was released onto Blu-ray a couple of months ago by Synapse. Countess Dracula's transfer appears to be an...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-14-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I'm not sure when I will make the jump,...

I'm not sure when I will make the jump, especially with the impending death of plasma technology. Panasonic and now Samsung have announced they are leaving plasma behind since 4K technology is poised...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-14-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
You also have to be careful with Terminator 3...

You also have to be careful with Terminator 3 since Warner first incorrectly issued it with interlaced 1080i resolution. They did issue a corrected version in 1080p video.


Ray Donovan: Season...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-13-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 496
Views: 65,331
Posted By Phantom Stranger
It's cheaper if you are region free and can...

It's cheaper if you are region free and can import the UK sets. Sword Art Online II just began last week.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-13-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
There is nothing quite like breaking in a new...

There is nothing quite like breaking in a new display with Tier 0 discs. I think Warner Bros. did give Blazing Saddles a 4K restoration.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

recommendation: Tier 1.5*
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Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-12-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Revenge of the Nerds recommendation: Tier...

Revenge of the Nerds

recommendation: Tier 3.75*

The 1984 comedy finally saw the light of day on Blu-ray in May of this year, receiving a decent new edition that exhibits modest improvements in...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-11-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 416
Posted By Phantom Stranger
The film scan itself is vastly better in the new...

The film scan itself is vastly better in the new remaster. However, I think the next remastered edition (presumably for whatever 4K format comes around) will have yet another color grading.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-11-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 21,710
Views: 3,519,565
Posted By Phantom Stranger
All Cheerleaders Die recommendation: Tier...

All Cheerleaders Die

recommendation: Tier 2.75*

This one from Image does not get released for a couple more weeks. The production quality seems a little rushed with somewhat softer detail for a...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   07-11-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 496
Views: 65,331
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Ground Control To Psychoelectric Girl looks...

Ground Control To Psychoelectric Girl looks really nice on Blu-ray. It was easier to keep up with anime on Blu-ray a couple of years ago. Now it seems like every other show gets an American BD...
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