Originally Posted by dildatonr
I'm a colorist/editor by trade and I have to say I enjoyed the movie enough that it really never bothered me at all.
While I do struggle at times to 'leave my work at work' and turn that switch off while at home, I'm very grateful I don't obsess over it to the point of avoiding films based solely on their color timing/correction. For me it's about the story first and foremost. Being a big fan of this film, the thought of avoiding the director's future work because of some bluish blacks is just absurd...for me.
Watching the blu-ray of 28 days later on a large screen can be a bit of a strain on the ol' eyeballs. But I still watch it at least once a year because it's a damn good movie.
Edit to add: I actually thought the blacks on The Imanginarium of Dr. Parnasus were more elevated/blue than this title. It could be I noticed it more because the story didn't grab me nearly as much.
28 days later is an ugly film for sure, but I still enjoy it too. It's visuals, ugly as they are, still suit the film and thus can seem justified. I didn't find that to be the case with Kick-Ass.
Kick-Ass was better than I expected but I hardly "loved" it, which wasn't nearly enough to be able to forgive the black levels, and I'm nowhere near as anal about this stuff as I was when I reviewed. Actually, if the film were one of my favorites, I'd probably be really upset at what I perceive a very sloppy visual design, evidenced most by its inconsistencies.
I can usually get lost in a good movie like this again these days, rather than constantly examining the A/V quality. But being in a dark review studio, with black walls, and no light other than a projector broadcasting onto a 92" screen, the blue blacks just glared at me. They weren't remotely subtle enough to ignore, and like I said, I couldn't even compromise my calibration to fix them. It was enough to deter me from investing in the film, if I hadn't already bought the BD, blindly, as I usually do for films I'm interested in. If you're watching on a smaller display in a room with sun streaming through the windows or overhead lights on, I imagine the blue blacks wouldn't be as objectionable.
I wouldn't actually hide from the director or dps future work, if the concept actually held more appeal. But if I was only passively interested, as was the case here, I'll definately do my homework before plopping down $20 on a BD. But, again, it was only blacks that I found too objectionable, and unjustified to forgive in this film, assuming the rest was intentional. Thanks for the warning on Dr Parnasus. I knew there was a reason I was waiting for that one to hit the bargain bin.