Originally Posted by FoxyMulder
I found the image quality watchable and enjoyed the film...The EE and grain reduction is disappointing but detail levels are generally high on this release but in no way can it be considered near reference in my opinion.
On my own site i give it the following marks in my review...Film Entertainment Rating - 90/100
Image Quality Rating - 75/100
Sound Quality Rating - 85/100
I think i was generous with 75/100 considering the grain reduction and EE.
Anyone who wants to read my review can just click my blog and get the site from there. A good shot to use for the comparisons would be a scene around 34 minutes into the film where Batman is posing on the Japanese building just before one of the big action scenes...I noticed EE on that scene ( among others )
While I do agree that these shots are a bit jaring, this certainly will not keep me from buying this title. While I do respect what Xylon has done here (and a few others, but not all as some of you IMO have taken this WAY to far), I dont plan on pausing the film and dweling on the issues. I understand that some are VERY sensitive to EE and DNR and this realy dampens their experience with the film, but I am NOT one of those people, and the VAST majority of people watching this wont even know that there is an issue because they dont know any better. Do I wish these issues were not there? Of course, but I imagine watching this film as one normaly watches a film (in motion) the issue will not be nearly as jaring FOR MOST as these screenshots are showing which is evidence by the many glowing PQ reviews (including our own Ralph Potts) where the EE was noted, but most claimed was minor at best. I think the vast majority of people (again, not the videophiles. You poor tortured souls
j/k) will be very happy with this transfer (besides hard core AVS'ers and the like). That does not make what is going on here correct, but this will be a non issue or minor issue at best for most.
I understand what you guys are doing here and it is good that you are doing it in hopes that it will bring better transfers in the future and lessen this practice, but this only hurts this amazing film experience as much as you let it after all the screenshots have been posted and it is beaten into our heads how bad this transfer is, and there are MANY positive things about this release that hopefully some of you will consider as well before tossing it into the fire. I myself am VERY EXCITED to hear the audio and just experience this great film. Honestly, I find it crazy to pass up on this release due to this issue as this very well could be the best transfer we ever get of this amazing film. Even if there is a double dip down the road there is a good chance it will be the same identical transfer. I am going to enjoy the DK warts and all and that is a choice and you guys have the same one
This BR release is still overall the best version available on home media. Why deny yourself that?
On a side note, I did watch Dark City last night which I am sure is one of the most problematic titles due to DNR specificaly and I still enjoyed the hell out of the movie warts and all. Even with the DNR I still enjoyed the BR transfer more overall compared to the SD-DVD, but that is just me. I certainly wish the DNR was not there, but the good points overshadowed this being the movie (which I love) and the audio track (which I have always loved).
Rant over, flame suit on!