Sin City DVD PQ impressions
Watched Sin City on the Denon 1920 last night. Display was a Panasonic TH-42PD25U plasma. PQ was exceptional, although that was somewhat expected since SC was a largely digital production. Tons of detail revealed on the 1920 despite the fact that SC is a literally dark film. Blacks were deep and clean on the plasma, which is good news for the 1920. No macroblocking observed. Colors, when utilized in the film, were vivid and nicely saturated. Additionally, the video transfer of this film is not
saddled with excessive edge enhancement, which is always a possibility and may have made for difficult viewing. I think the 1920 presented the film beautifully, and continues to impress.
The DTS audio was outstanding. Effective use of the rear surrounds, but not overblown. The disc itself is pretty sparse, so I will hold out for the Special Edition before buying. A 1080p Blu-Ray release would be absolutely amazing.
Did not notice any rainbow effects from the DVD image on my plasma. I have a HD CRT display I will check out with SC and see how it looks. No unusual color shifts or artifacts either, only the intended color accents intentionally blended with the otherwise stark B&W landscape.
If I were a sales associate at an AV dealership, this title on a well calibrated display would sell a lot
of Denon 1920's. Unfortunately it is a hard-R rated film, so that is not likely.
I plan to compare the DVD on the 1920 to the Pio 59AVi and Panny S97 tonight.