Originally Posted by Mark Booth
And that's the difference and disconnect here. I feel they DID do a competent job with Gladiator. Yes, it could be better. But it is FAR from the pile of garbage many of you are complaining about.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being perfect, I'd give the Gladiator transfer a 7.5. That's hardly bad enough to get my shorts in a wad, start a letter writing campaign, or boycott the title just out of principle.
I love home theater as much as anybody here. And I've been doing it for almost 30 years. I've owned as many as 8 different versions of certain movies on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD and now Blu, as I upgraded for the better experience. Perhaps that long experience has tempered my expectations but Gladiator is well worth owning on Blu.
I just got back from Best Buy while on vacation in NY. They had a loop from the BD of Gladiator running on a 60in Pio Elite. I was watching from 6 ft.
Mark nailed it if this indicative
of the entire BD as far as PQ goes. I would rate it 7.5 as well from the loop. I saw and I watched it several times. I saw the DNR on the faces, but even then detail was surprisingly good. As others have commented, going by this thread one would think this BD is a tier 3 or worse based on the PQ tier thread standards, or a 5/10 or worse. This is NOT the case. Does it look flawless? No. Does it look like the worse BD I have ever seen? Definitely not. While it isn't flawless, it isn't an abomination or the worse BD as some would claim. Those gross exaggerations really need to stop as they are unfair at best, especially if being made by those who have ONLY seen screen caps.
Maybe if they only have two BD's and this being one they might have a point, but this didn't even look mediocre. It looked above average and I would say about 1.50-2.0. as far as the tier thread goes. Again this is based only on the loop I saw which some of the screen caps are taken from the same scene.
I also agree with others who purchased this at Best Buy. It is a no brainer to purchase along with Braveheart, since you end up paying about 5.00 dollars
for each after all the rebates, discounts and reward zone. Even the DVDs of Glad and Brave are 14.99 each.
Based on what I have read in this thread, I too want the best possible transfer of Gladiator I can get and hope that they do come out with it, but right now the deal is almost impossible to pass up. Is it possible the studios or marketers got wind of the talk about the PQ for Glad, so they really wanted to make sure it sells? I am cynical enough to believe ANYTHING is possible, but again for five dollars....
As far as sending a message to the studios, the few hundred or even thousand that may not buy it will pail in comparison to the hundreds of thousands to millions who will buy it and dwarf the non buyers. While it may "not be the right message" to send the studios, it is what it is and the few aren't going to impact the many enough.