Well, I just gave all my new HT stuff (Samsung Series 5, Samsung 1500, and Pioneer 5.1) a good workout.
I'm a Rambo nut, and I waited 10 years for the last one to come out. Today I received my boxset and final blurays, so I spent the day watching them all.
First Blood - I can't believe how well they converted this into blu ray. The quality was incredible (for I've seen the SD versions) and I had no audio dropouts. I could definitely tell though how they really forced the dialogue through the center channel; I had to play with my system a little bit to sound a little more full. I just found it funny though how at the end of the movie it says "Dolby Stereo - In Select Theaters" lol.
FB Part II - This movie from the beginning was a little odd in the PQ. There are certain times in the disc, even the very first second of the movie, where the video is shaky, like if the camera had parkinsons. Does anyone else have this problem with their Part II bluray? Do I have a messed up BD, or was this just a really bad conversion? This was the movie that "made" the whole story for me too... The sound was also the same as Part I.
Rambo III - PQ was also great and so was the sound. Now that it's in high def, I'm actually noticing all the movie mistakes, like at the end when Crenna is laughing as they start the final gun battle against the Russians.
Rambo (IV) - This was great PQ, but it's also using today's new technology. I only had two quick dropouts, and even my Pioneer system said so. DTS un-displayed itself those two times. I undid my receiver settings, and you could definitely tell how this was filmed in surround sound. I remember when I saw the ending the first time in the theater, and thought wow, how powerful. Again tonight, watching that ending, is just so powerful. I guess you need to be a nut like me to really get it.
Regarding the audio dropouts, I can live with. The vibration problems though in Part II kind of bug me though. If it's only my disc, I fear returning the discs to Amazon and getting another batch that is the same. I'm thinking about maybe contacting Lionsgate and asking them what's up.
Also, I'm still unsure how these new codecs work. I have a normal DD and DTS decoder, but all of the sound choices that were available were DDEX, DTSHD, and DTSMA. Somehow, they still played just fine on my system. I'm sending everything via bitstream.
All in all, the player performed beautifully, even though the bottom is SUPER hot after it playing 8 hours today.