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well it does look good, but not good enough to make me upgrade since I just found a copy of the tin case edition about a month ago. maybe when i can find it used someplace for $10 or less.
post #153 of 175
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The audio dynamics (depending on your setup) on Blu-ray is worth it.
post #154 of 175
Softness aside, the increase in image clarity and audio quality is enough to make me triple-dip on this one.
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Softness aside, the increase in image clarity and audio quality is enough to make me triple-dip on this one.

I got you beat
post #156 of 175
Some DVD versions still have the original "grain" (once upscaled)....why has it been removed in the Blu-ray ? and the same with the color ; the Laserdisc has great color intensity more equal to the original cinema proyection..
...for me the BD is a little bit dissapointing
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and the same with the color ; the Laserdisc has great color intensity more equal to the original cinema proyection..

Laserdisc color can't be used as a reference for anything. You'll get different color depending on which player model you use, and which output cable type you use (composite or S-video). There's no consistency in what one person will see on a Laserdisc compared to another person with the same disc.
post #158 of 175
Laserdisc has no digital compression, colors are more natural like original source
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Laserdisc has no digital compression, colors are more natural like original source
Pretty sure you are trolling but the telecine transfers of the 90's used for laserdiscs are far from accurate
post #160 of 175
Does anyone know if the British R2 disc has the same transfer? http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Akira-Blu-ray/21841/

It happens to be the cheapest one going right now.
post #161 of 175
I haven't watched this in a long time. I'll need to watch it one day and see how much the Darbee Darblet improves the BD picture quality.
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I haven't watched this in a long time. I'll need to watch it one day and see how much the Darbee Darblet improves the BD picture quality.

Ok, tangent time: I'd never heard of that gadget til you mentioned it, now I can see the massive threads on it, and the thing that cracks me up is, in the first couple of pages, NO ONE can say concisely what the heck it is the thing does. I went to the site and saw some unimpressive before and after screenshots that looked like edge enhancement mixed with the Photoshop levels tool. So in one sentence, what does it do?
post #163 of 175
Holy thread-bump, Batman!
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Pretty sure you are trolling but the telecine transfers of the 90's used for laserdiscs are far from accurate

Why am i trollin ? http://forum.lddb.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=129&start=0

Akira - Criterion CAV Edition. Presented in original color scheme and original English dub (by Streamline) is included.

Does it refer to original copy color or original "Theatrical" color ?
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Ok, tangent time: I'd never heard of that gadget til you mentioned it, now I can see the massive threads on it, and the thing that cracks me up is, in the first couple of pages, NO ONE can say concisely what the heck it is the thing does. I went to the site and saw some unimpressive before and after screenshots that looked like edge enhancement mixed with the Photoshop levels tool. So in one sentence, what does it do?

It uses a proprietary algorithm to increase the perceived sharpness. You would have to read further into what exactly it does, but it does it's magic with zero ringing. Lumagen was so impressed with it that they will be incorporating it in their newer, high end, scalers.

I was skeptical when I first read about it until I got one. Then I ordered a second one. I had paid many times more for different devices over the last 12 years that didn't do as good a job as the darblet does. But you really need to try it to see if it's something you want. Just make sure you purchase it from someplace, like AVS, that has a good return policy in case you are not happy with the results. Although the vast majority of people seem to be pleased with the results.

It does a great job with animation so it should work well with Akira.
post #166 of 175
I know that a web video isn't necessarily the best to judge a product by, but "Darbee Vision" looks horrid.

http://darbeevision.com/view_news/id/24/title/DarbeeVision_Video_Demo
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Originally Posted by Greg_R_STL View Post

Ok, tangent time: I'd never heard of that gadget til you mentioned it, now I can see the massive threads on it, and the thing that cracks me up is, in the first couple of pages, NO ONE can say concisely what the heck it is the thing does. I went to the site and saw some unimpressive before and after screenshots that looked like edge enhancement mixed with the Photoshop levels tool. So in one sentence, what does it do?
Looks like a wide-radius unsharp mask to me, which has the effect of increasing local contrast.

(sniff... i smell astroturf)
post #168 of 175
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I was skeptical when I first read about it until I got one. Then I ordered a second one. I had paid many times more for different devices over the last 12 years that didn't do as good a job as the darblet does. But you really need to try it to see if it's something you want. Just make sure you purchase it from someplace, like AVS, that has a good return policy in case you are not happy with the results. Although the vast majority of people seem to be pleased with the results.
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I know that a web video isn't necessarily the best to judge a product by, but "Darbee Vision" looks horrid.
http://darbeevision.com/view_news/id/24/title/DarbeeVision_Video_Demo
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Looks like a wide-radius unsharp mask to me, which has the effect of increasing local contrast.
(sniff... i smell astroturf)

Yeah, part of me wants to see what the shiny gadget does, and part of me is thinking, if my blu-rays don't look the way they're supposed to, what did I spend my money on?
post #169 of 175
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Originally Posted by Greg_R_STL View Post

Does anyone know if the British R2 disc has the same transfer? http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Akira-Blu-ray/21841/

It happens to be the cheapest one going right now.

It should be the exact same a/v encode but it's Region B locked as noted at that link.
post #170 of 175
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Originally Posted by jd213 View Post

It should be the exact same a/v encode but it's Region B locked as noted at that link.

Perfect.
post #171 of 175
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Originally Posted by nathanddrews View Post

I know that a web video isn't necessarily the best to judge a product by, but "Darbee Vision" looks horrid.

This is not a Darblet thread. There is a Darblet thread in the Video Processors forum that is currently 180 pages long.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1399154/darbee-vision-darblet

Have fun reading. We'll see you back here once you've caught up.
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Originally Posted by Josh Z View Post

This is not a Darblet thread. There is a Darblet thread in the Video Processors forum that is currently 180 pages long.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1399154/darbee-vision-darblet
Have fun reading. We'll see you back here once you've caught up.

Yeah, to each his own. It sounds like a lot of people are impressed with it. As someone who tries to avoid as much processing as possible, it's clearly not the product for me.

As for as Akira goes, it looks like I should upgrade from the DVD. biggrin.gif
post #173 of 175
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Yeah, to each his own. It sounds like a lot of people are impressed with it. As someone who tries to avoid as much processing as possible, it's clearly not the product for me.

That's how a lot of people feel, until they try it.
post #174 of 175
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That's how a lot of people feel, until they try it.

I appreciate you looking out for me, but I'm not interested. wink.gif
post #175 of 175
^ Yes, if you are a purest then make sure to stay away from the Darblet. I was the same way. I have my displays calibrated by top notch calibrators like UMR and DNICE to get the most accurate image I can get. No image processing was my mantra too. Until I tried one. Ended up with two. Can't watch without it now. So if you don't want to go there stay away. smile.gif
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