Picked up a few more things with U&S this week, including the new Mad Max releases, Wrath of Khan (before the price went up), The Sorcerer & the White Snake, and Black Swan.
The new 2013 AVC encode of The Road Warrior with lossless audio looks pretty good. (Though it's probably worth mentioning that the color is a bit faded and degraded in appearance on this title, compared to typical Blu-ray transfers these days.) Overall it has a pretty filmic appearance, and looks quite good on my CRT. The new Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome BD is largely spoiled though by some rather heavy-handed contrast and detail enhancement, and pretty muddy-lookin color. This is also encoded with AVC, and the typical bitrates on both titles are about 30 Mbps.
Wrath of Khan looks a little better than the other Trek movie transfers I've seen so far. But there are times when DNR rears its ugly head on this as well. And the gamma is pretty dark for a 2.4 display (so it might benefit from a lower display gamma more in the 2.2-2.0 range). There are some very nice model and FX shots in this film though, which look pretty good despite the occasional detail-related issues.
The Sorcerer & the White Snake transfer is also a tad soft in places, but otherwise pretty decent... I love these little Jet Li fantasy flicks btw. They're always a bit unique and different, and usually have some very nice set pieces and visuals. And the Asian actresses in them always seem to be breath-taking beauties. (Forbidden Kingdom is another good one, with a pretty decent BD transfer.) The CGFX could probably have been a little stronger in some spots, but for the most part, the visuals, and the gals (esp. S. Huang who plays "White Snake") are pretty stunning in this.
Black Swan was a last minute blind-buy, so haven't looked at that yet. But I watched the new Universal edition of Charade, and the color tweaking (which tends to favor reds and blue-greens) is fairly noticeable on that, though I wouldn't describe it as especially objectionable, for the most part. Contrast is on the higher side as well, and blacks sometimes looked a bit crushed. But it was a fairly nice watch on my CRT, and probably a keeper for me cuz I don't have the buck for the Criterion ed.
Edited by ADU - 8/4/13 at 9:59pm