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Forum: Surround Music Formats   01-25-2015, 11:25 PM
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Posted By Phantom Stranger
This is an absolutely awesome SACD, some of...

This is an absolutely awesome SACD, some of MFSL's better work.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   01-25-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 16
Posted By Phantom Stranger
A Modwright Sony XA-5400ES Ultimate Truth Mod? I...

A Modwright Sony XA-5400ES Ultimate Truth Mod? I guess that is a wee bit outside your budget.:)

http://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/vt.mpl?f=hirez&m=268431

I've heard praise for this Marantz unit's...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-25-2015, 11:04 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
The Mule recommendation: Tier 3.0* The...

The Mule

recommendation: Tier 3.0*

The Mule is another new release with less than impressive visuals, though this time it feels more a result of budget than an intended aesthetic choice. The...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-24-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
The movie is definitely a period piece, though I...

The movie is definitely a period piece, though I am not sure its poor picture quality helped the setting. I guess that was intentional, but I would question that creative decision.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-24-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Generally, Criterion has gotten less aggressive...

Generally, Criterion has gotten less aggressive in recent years manually removing film debris from their masters.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

recommendation: Tier 4.5*

Is this HD? This...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-23-2015, 02:02 PM
Replies: 542
Views: 35,566
Posted By Phantom Stranger
For those that missed out on the Twilight Time...

For those that missed out on the Twilight Time exclusives, this Japanese pre-order is getting a lot of attention:

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/BPBH-903

It's a double feature with both...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-23-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Baba Yaga recommendation: Tier 3.5* ...

Baba Yaga

recommendation: Tier 3.5*

Blue Underground produces one of their better-looking film transfers for Baba Yaga, a 1973 Italian movie. The slightly pillarboxed 1080P video does look...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-22-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
That is a very valid observation about digital...

That is a very valid observation about digital color timing, there has been a distinct improvement in that area since the dawn of Blu-ray. It's still a little dicey on older catalog properties shot...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-21-2015, 11:47 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
http://filmmakermagazine.com/88971-39-movies-relea...

http://filmmakermagazine.com/88971-39-movies-released-in-2014-shot-on-35mm/#.VMCasntDSpo

I'll draw others to this fine piece about 39 movies released in 2014 shot on 35mm film, including many that...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-21-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I had no interest in seeing Lucy before your...

I had no interest in seeing Lucy before your review, Denny. It wouldn't shock me if it lands in the upper half of Tier 0, we are beginning to see the dawn of a new era in live-action picture quality....
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-19-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 894
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I like Two Mules for Sister Sara as well. I was...

I like Two Mules for Sister Sara as well. I was expecting it to be a poor movie since it is one of Eastwood's movies that doesn't seem to have cache.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-19-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series ...

Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series

recommendation: Tier 1.75*

Funimation released this anime early last year. The animation has its unique features but lacks the dramatic picture quality seen...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-18-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2,652
Views: 263,121
Posted By Phantom Stranger
A couple of those movies have made it out on...

A couple of those movies have made it out on Blu-ray. The newer Lolita recently saw a German release. Tucker: The Man and his Dream would be nice to have on Blu-ray, I wish Criterion would tackle it.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-17-2015, 12:40 AM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
The Rover recommendation: Tier 1.75* ...

The Rover

recommendation: Tier 1.75*

When I went to check the Tiers I was surprised no one had rated this 2014 post-apocalyptic thriller set in Australia. Released by Lionsgate, The Rover opens...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-16-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 515
Views: 68,279
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I ended up nominating The Wind Rises for the...

I ended up nominating The Wind Rises for the highest level of the Picture Quality Tiers. If it is Hayao Miyazaki's farewell, he went out on top.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-16-2015, 12:16 AM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Annabelle recommendation: Tier 1.25* ...

Annabelle

recommendation: Tier 1.25*

Warner Bros. provides a superb 1080P presentation for Annabelle next week on Blu-ray. Director John R. Leonetti has been working for years as a Hollywood...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-15-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 49
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I suspect it is tied to which part of your audio...

I suspect it is tied to which part of your audio chain is decoding the Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Is the player decoding the TrueHD audio to PCM, or do you have the player set to bitstream it? Often...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-14-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 136
Posted By Phantom Stranger
An animated film doesn't have outstanding A/V...

An animated film doesn't have outstanding A/V quality? That is disappointing.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-14-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Produced By George Martin recommendation:...

Produced By George Martin

recommendation: Tier 1.75*

This is a BBC documentary from a few years ago on legendary music producer George Martin. For a feature of this type, the picture quality is...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-14-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Sony did have a filtering problem with their very...

Sony did have a filtering problem with their very early Blu-rays, they were often softer than a film should look. They've been meticulous in recent years when harvesting new film scans from the best...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-14-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 60,225
Posted By Phantom Stranger
My nervousness about that news is less with Routh...

My nervousness about that news is less with Routh and more about the Atom. I think there are only so many compelling stories you can tell about a man that shrinks in size, unless you have a...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-13-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
Gone Girl sounds like a winner, hopefully I will...

Gone Girl sounds like a winner, hopefully I will get around to seeing it at some point.

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

recommendation: Tier 2.5*

Fairly bland animation from this...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-12-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
I have Annabelle in my hands, I likely will have...

I have Annabelle in my hands, I likely will have formed an opinion about the disc by Friday. Six scores by Iggy was a lot for a first post, though we have had a couple of members in the past post...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-12-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,340
Posted By Phantom Stranger
By The Gun recommendation: Tier 2.5* ...

By The Gun

recommendation: Tier 2.5*

This new disc comes out next week, courtesy of Millennium Entertainment. The mafia drama looks perfectly ordinary for a new production, slightly limited by...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-11-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 84
Posted By Phantom Stranger
It's licensed from MGM, so I wouldn't expect a...

It's licensed from MGM, so I wouldn't expect a lavish new film transfer. I haven't personally watched the BD, Twilight Time's discs generally receive poor review coverage.

Here is what gets...
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