Originally Posted by Laserfan
I've not watched it on the big screen yet, but on my 2560x1600 computer display it's easily the ugliest BD I own I think.
Not a pretty transfer I'm afraid.
So does that mean your copy is going straight to eBay?
What is "ugly" about it that we don't already know related to the lack of an original negative?
The film’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is faithfully rendered in this 1080p transfer using the AVC codec. Apart from a few inserts and some other effects work, sharpness is excellent throughout. Color is outstandingly reproduced (one look at the theatrical trailer with its oversaturated brown tones will help the viewer appreciate what we have here; reds are especially vivid), and flesh tones look natural and appealing. Black levels are fairly good but are not the transfer’s most outstanding characteristic. There are some occasional dust specks but nothing intrusive to spoil one's enjoyment of the movie. The film has been divided into 12 chapters.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 sound mix features outstanding and surprisingly gripping bass levels heard almost from the beginning and notable throughout. Dialogue has been spread across the front soundstage rather than being done directionally, but it’s always clear and precise. And the rear surround channel carries some interesting sound effects with water and waves swirling, heavy winds whirling, and avalanche-pounding rock slides being especially notable. Bernard Herrmann’s score gets woven impressively through the entire four channel mix.
The Bernard Herrmann music score is offered in a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo isolated track which has great fidelity of its own.
There are two theatrical trailers: the American trailer runs 3 ¼ minutes. The Spanish trailer runs for 2 minutes. Both are in 480i.
The enclosed six-page booklet contains color and black stills, poster art for the film on the booklet’s back cover, and film historian Julie Kirgo’s always interesting background essay on the movie.
4/5 (not an average)
Journey to the Center of the Earth is an adventure lover’s paradise of a movie. Perfect for family viewing especially once the journey actually gets started, the movie comes with a strong recommendation. Only three thousand copies of the Blu-ray are available, so those interested in obtaining it should hop to www.screenarchives.com
to see if copies are still available. They're also available via Facebook at www.facebook.com/twilighttimemovies