My write-up from the PQ tier thread...
tier recommendation: bottom quarter of Tier 1
Warner released this 1991 movie to Blu-ray in the past week in a digibook edition. The 205 minute feature is encoded in VC-1 on a BD-50. The average video bitrate is 18.85 Mbps (BDInfo scan link courtesy of House found below). While there are brief bursts peaking into the high thirties and low forties, most of the video encode hovers between 12 and 24 Mbps. This is a very nice compression job, with few visible artifacts. The bitrates tend to go higher for the various stock footage. There is the faint hint of some chroma noise in the backgrounds of certain indoor scenes but nothing else stands out.
Oliver Stone used a comparatively large amount of stock footage in this movie which I did not take into consideration when calculating my final recommendation. Grainy black and white television footage, 8mm footage from the Zapruder film, 16mm and video footage all comprise portions of the movie. But the normally filmed segments of the movie are on 35mm film and look great for a catalog title of this vintage.
Warner's High Definition master for this film must be in great condition as it looks pristine and in excellent shape on screen. Few if any flaws are visible, though I did notice a couple of digital scratch removal artifacts. The color palette is nicely saturated with above average fidelity. Flesh tones are rendered naturally if a tad warm in a few scenes. There is little if any edge enhancement apparent. If Warner is using DNR on their titles, it seems to produce much less impact on the final image quality than other studios. The 16mm footage looks appropriately grainy with little sign of unnatural grain or shifting fields.
The image appears razor sharp with solid detail in close-ups, though this is the weakest aspect of the transfer. High frequency information is average and probably closer to a tier two ranking for this particular aspect of the image. Shadow depth and delineation is excellent with very solid black levels. Contrast is near perfect and the image has a great sense of pop.
I am recommending this BD to be placed in the bottom quarter of tier one. I feel this is a very nice job Warner has done in releasing this movie and unlikely to be improved on given the source material.
Watching on a 60” Pioneer Kuro plasma at 1080p/24 played by a PS3 (firmware 2.52) from a viewing distance of six feet.