Originally Posted by cakefoo
Talk about planting seeds.
I didn't even realize that site even had a forum. Isn't that the site that gives virtually every release 4 or 5 stars?
They seem to be more attached to the format itself rather than the appreciation of a high quality presentation(which is, ironically, the purpose behind the creation of the format.)
If all this forum did was bitch and whine about "Ever other single release" than the whole of the forum wouldn't be slobbering over (and rightfully so) the only other Sapphire release - Braveheart. Wonder how they would explain that? Did the entire forum just arbitrarily decide to praise Braveheart and dump on Gladiator?
It can't be denied that this is a sub-par release. It's just of poor quality relative to what should be expected and what is possible on the format. What makes it worse is the contrast with the extremely high quality Braveheart release. The fact that it's basically on par visually with the old HBO presentation of the movie with added extremely high levels of digital manipulation (parts of the image are erased completely!) is all that needs to be said.
That being said, I don't think any of this will get Paramount to change anything and personally I don't care all that much (not the biggest Gladiator fan, much prefer Braveheart) but to call the release any less than "lackluster" is kind of silly. It is.