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post #19471 of 21407
American Reunion

Highly textured and detailed comedy also fitted with superb color. Flesh tones are baked a little too much, but that's minor. A rough start pushes the grain structure a little overboard, but that subsides as the disc moves on. Black levels are generally on good behavior with a handful of lapses.

Tier 1.75*
post #19472 of 21407
Wrath of the Titans

Details...details...and then MORE DETAILS!!! Whether the camera is highlighting a sweeping panoramic view of lush landscapes...or close-ups of rocks and foliage...or, my favorite, facial close-ups, we are treated to some of the best details Blu-ray has to offer. Many, and I mean many, shots were clearly reference quality, right up there with the best to be seen in Tier Blu.

Contrast was generally strong (with sporadic lapses).....colors were somewhat limited to earth tones, but when primaries were on display they were vibrant....flesh tones were accurate...and blacks were good, not excellent, but good enough to be pleasing to the eye in most instances. I will add that this has the look of film with a light layer of grain that never detracted but only enhanced the detail.

I have one main criticism with this film. Can you guess what it is? I'll give you a clue; this is a WARNER RELEASE. Patrick's already nailed it (even if he hasn't seen it yet), for it's their "par for the course" BOUTS OF SOFTNESS. It was bothersome, for one minute it would be "sharp as a tack," and without warning it would be soft, resulting in a dull and flat look. This was especially true during the first half, but even the second half had enough soft shots to call for a heavy penalization of the rating. Let me just say that had it not been for this, I would be tempted to cast my vote for low Tier 0, but I would be dishonest if I didn't drop this a whole tier so I'm opting for....

Tier Recommendation: 1.75*

Pioneer 60" KURO Elite (1080p/24)....Pioneer Elite 05....Viewed from 7.5'

PS The audio was phenomenal. If you have a decent subwoofer, hang on to your hat...and make sure your pictures and other wall hangings are secured firmly!!
post #19473 of 21407
I was reviewing the full listing, and I'm still questioning some placements for catalog movies, especially from Criterion.

I want first to say that, if I don't fully agree with it, I perfectly understand the point that most catalog movies, even if treated the best possible, won't get very high in the Tiers.

I still find surprising that a beautiful and sharp transfer as Last Year at Marienbad is as low as 3.5 (with movies I consider to be technically much worse, as Dracula, American Graffiti, Superman Returns or Once Upon A Time in The West). Or the other end, it is on par with beautiful transfers such as Taxi Driver, The Maltese Falcon and Forbidden Planet, which fits well.

However, my point is that I'm amazed to see The 400 Blows with Seven Samurai, much lower than The Last Emperor (which is one of the worse Criterion transfers, easily), Stagecoach with Walkabout, Black Narcissus with Ben Button in Tier 1.75 but Lola Montes in Tier 3.25, Kagemusha in Tier 2.0 with Pierrot le fou when Last Year At Marienbad is 3.5, Gojira in 3.0 but the US version in 3.5, etc etc.


Understand me : I don't want to say that this is awful, blah blah blah. It is not, and I don't want to look agressive or whatever. I do believe that this is a wonderful listing to start with, when looking for demo stuff notably.

It just suprises me, because it is far from the ranking I would have, and, I believe, most of the people (both professionnal and personnal) would have over the web.

My question would then be : considering that this is far from being the purpose of this thread, is it still making sense to include catalog movies in this ranking ? Because reading the full listing just make it seems, past the very first thread, as if you're comparing apples and pears altogether. And since, obviously, the people here are much more experienced with apples, and tends to be more interested by them than by pears, I keep on wondering. smile.gif
Edited by tenia54 - 7/2/12 at 2:34pm
post #19474 of 21407
You have to remember that some of the Criterions were ranked by a single user's recommendation. Catalog movies rarely get more than a handful of votes unless it is a very popular franchise like Star Wars, so individual rankings for them will often come down to the individual preferences of the reviewer. That leads to a bit more variation than the new release discs, where multiple people will review it within a short time span. If you believe a specific ranking is out of place or unjustified, please put forward your placement for it. The Tiers are only as accurate as the placements given by users. Placements are not set in stone and will change if users feel a BD is unfairly ranked.

The Criterions pose a specific problem, as I think they have a devoted fan following whom have a difficult time evaluating their discs objectively. The Hollywood studios have set the bar so low that Criterion gets praise when they don't DNR a transfer. Many of their discs use less-than-perfect elements for the transfer due to the type of niche films they release.
post #19475 of 21407
The single-user testing is what I came down to while trying to understand what I believe to be a strange ranking among them all.

Again, I perfectly understand, and agree with most of the placements, because clearly, this is mostly not demo material, but I do think that some of the transfers are under-estimated, and some probably over-estimated.

I understand what you say with "less than perfect" transfer, which then might fall in the "it's not perfect, but transparent to the source", but I believe they have in their catalog (as studios such as Warner or FOX) some titles that are visually stunning (especially when I see Patton at 2.75 and the first release of Gladiator at 3.25).

I will probably, now that I have some of them, take some time to write a few reviews for here, it's probably the best to nuance this. smile.gif
post #19476 of 21407
The Hunter

Short on time, so generally gorgeous Willem Dafoe outing with some oddball black levels at times. Great photography.

Tier 1.75*
post #19477 of 21407
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The Hunter
Short on time, so generally gorgeous Willem Dafoe outing with some oddball black levels at times. Great photography.
Tier 1.75*
The movie itself is also very good. I imagine the Australian wildlife looks great on the BD.
post #19478 of 21407
The Lost Weekend :

Overall very film-looking picture, good definition and good contrast, but some shots stays dirty (white / black speckles, vertical lines) and the fade in - fade out shots are, as usual, less defined than the rest of the movies. However, the most parts of the transfer are very nice looking, no sign of digital processing / tweaking, fine grain is well handled by the healthy bitrate.

The sound is crystal clear, but without any real power and width. However, dialog are well rendered and music benefits of this nice track without pops or distorsion.


Recommandation : Tier 3.0

Panasonic 50G20, viewed from 8 ft.
Edited by tenia54 - 7/5/12 at 10:51pm
post #19479 of 21407
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Griff the Invisible


16mm piece with fantastic definition up close. Unfortunately, the encode isn't up to snuff, wildly out of control of the grain structure. Tons of noise in this one. There's some smearing too with small movement. Colors are a garish mixture of orange, blue, teal, and yellow, never all that pleasing.

Tier 3.75*
This is an older review of yours from last year, but I am going to end up being even more harsh on this 2010 indie production out of Australia. The grain structure is quite messy and appears to have been processed on some level to cope with the FX work at the digital intermediate stage, producing bouts of aliasing and ringing. The transfer has spotty black levels always on the verge of being crushed and loses a tad of shadow detail. I think the video compression is not that bad, it was dealt a very difficult master to cleanly encode. The VC-1 encode averages a robust 32.66 Mbps and frequently peaks over 40 Mbps, near the limits of the format. Shooting on 16mm film in this case was not a good choice for a movie centered around the fantasies of a man pretending to be a superhero.

BDInfo scan (courtesy of Cinema Squid):
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1155731/new-unofficial-blu-ray-audio-and-video-specifications-thread/3660#post_21316088

Griff The Invisible

recommendation: Tier 4.5
post #19480 of 21407
Safe House

Exaggerated in the extreme in terms of contrast and color, but still a looker. Facial detail is startling and consistent. Black levels are hyper aggressive leading into heavy moments of crush. Colors are blazing hot except for interiors which dive into orange and teal boredom (why does the CIA have monochrome teal computer monitors these days?). Grain is all over the place, sometimes artificially added (it has to be in order to become this thick) and the encode does a great job of keeping it in line.

Tier 1.5*
post #19481 of 21407
Blade

recommendation: Tier 2.25*


The Blade BD was released around two weeks ago courtesy of Warner Bros., finally releasing the 1998 New Line movie on the format after it had been put out in other countries by different distributors. Running 120 minutes on a BD-50, the AVC video encode averages 29.88 Mbps. The picture quality is fairly strong for a catalog title but does have one troubling flaw that discerning viewers might find objectionable.

The compression has been handled in a satisfactory manner that goes well beyond the typical Warner effort. Outside of possibly one scene near the finale where dust and smoke completely fills the screen as Blade battles a horde of vampires, the picture is totally absent of compression noise or artifacting. More importantly, the generous bitrate budget preserves the excellent amount of micro-detail visible in most scenes beyond the scope of older AVC encodes from Warner.

Outside of a few soft and dated CGI moments, the image is very sharp with excellent depth and focus. The pleasing dimensionality provides ample pop to the set action pieces. Unlike many other recent catalog releases on Blu-ray, the contrast has not been pumped up and the color timing has not been manipulated towards magenta. That leaves the flesh-tones with a normal appearance and the color palette fairly neutral.

Black levels are very strong with substantial shadow detail, outside of one scene where Deacon Frost first meets with the vampire elders. That particular scene does not look like the rest of the movie and almost looks like it wasn't from the same camera negative or film source. Which is odd as the transfer clearly has been taken from the camera negative. The BD shows zero print or film debris, and overall has an amazing level of clarity for a 1998 production.

Most of the film has outstanding high-frequency content, showing off a plethora of facial information in close-ups and even long shots. Digital noise reduction has been sparingly applied if used at all and likely in select moments only, leaving the film looking very good with a decent sense of cinematic texture. The grain does look a little strange in a few early scenes but my concerns were allayed as the movie developed.

What does bother me and will likely bother viewers on the largest screens over 55”, are the all-too-frequent signs of ringing and sharpening throughout the movie. The halos are noticeable and will be spotted by viewers aware of their appearance. Blade's car glows with them and they show up in other places on a regular basis. It's not a dealbreaker for a transfer that generally looks great in most other aspects, but it's clearly not perfect or desirable. The problem was serious enough for me to drop my final ranking some ways down the Tiers List.

Blade does enough to satisfy most requirements of Tier One, but unfortunately the ringing is bad enough to place it in Tier Two at the very least. The BD is still a must-buy for interested fans and looks much better than the available alternatives.

Watching on a 60” Pioneer KURO plasma played from a Sony PS3 (firmware 4.21), at a viewing distance of six feet.

BDInfo scan (courtesy of Patsfan123):
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1155731/new-unofficial-blu-ray-audio-and-video-specifications-thread/4350#post_22186280

Comparison against the Netherlands BD:
http://caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/comparison.php?cID=1126#auswahl
post #19482 of 21407
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Drive
What a blessing to "get back on track" (i.e. to be in demo territory again)! This excelled in details, especially my "first love" (facial close-ups), but not limited to them.Black levels and shadow details were exquisite, with quite a few nighttime scenes to highlight them (including a couple aerial views of the city that were pristine). I did detect *some* noise in one scene, but it was brief.Colors were so-so, but when primaries were pumped up they were pure EYE CANDY.Depth and clarity were reference quality at times.

This easily falls into Tier 1, somewhere in the middle....

Tier Recommendation: 1.5*


Pioneer 60" KURO Elite (1080p/24)....Pioneer Elite 05....Viewed from 7.5'


PS I REALLY enjoyed this movie! The acting and pacing were perfect, and it had a beautiful, haunting soundtrack.


Drive


Agree on all counts except for the final rating. Facial detail is excellent, with fine pores and hairs easily visible. Black levels are superb. Grain is VERY light but stable. The only thing holding this back a bit in my estimation is some changing film stocks which leads to inconsistency - it goes from reference quality to just really good at times. The movie it most reminds me of PQ wise is Tron: Legacy. So I'm going to go with a 1.0.


Tier Recommendation: 1.0
post #19483 of 21407
Terminal Velocity

One of the better discs out of the recent catalog crop of Mill Creek flicks, but still in need of better elements & master. Grain becomes a threat as compression sweeps in and medium shots are dull. Close-ups are fine though, and colors have some brightness. Signs of filtering can't be ignored.

Tier 3.0*
post #19484 of 21407
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Safe House
Exaggerated in the extreme in terms of contrast and color, but still a looker. Facial detail is startling and consistent. Black levels are hyper aggressive leading into heavy moments of crush. Colors are blazing hot except for interiors which dive into orange and teal boredom (why does the CIA have monochrome teal computer monitors these days?). Grain is all over the place, sometimes artificially added (it has to be in order to become this thick) and the encode does a great job of keeping it in line.

Tier 1.5*

Sounds good GRG!

I'm leaving for over a week tomorrow but I have time to squeeze in one more Blu; you just made my decision as to "which one?" an easy one.
post #19485 of 21407
Safe House
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Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod View Post

Safe House
Exaggerated in the extreme in terms of contrast and color, but still a looker. Facial detail is startling and consistent. Black levels are hyper aggressive leading into heavy moments of crush. Colors are blazing hot except for interiors which dive into orange and teal boredom (why does the CIA have monochrome teal computer monitors these days?). Grain is all over the place, sometimes artificially added (it has to be in order to become this thick) and the encode does a great job of keeping it in line.

Tier 1.5*

I couldn't have said it better myself!! wink.gif

Tier Recommendation: 1.75*

Pioneer 60" KURO Elite (1080p/24)....Pioneer Elite 05....Viewed from 7.5'
post #19486 of 21407
Five Element Ninjas (aka Chinese Super Ninjas)

recommendation: Tier 2.0*


Widely considered a kung fu classic from the vault of the Shaw Brothers, Five Element Ninjas makes it to Blu-ray with a brilliant transfer that looks stunning most of the time. Perfect black levels, a saturated color palette, amazing clarity and resolution that far surpass anything I've seen of this vintage from the genre. The lone criticism is that the entire transfer has been low-pass filtered, leaving all shots of skin looking waxy and dull at times. The master has been kept in remarkable shape as there are no signs on this disc the film has aged a day since it was released in 1982. It is pristine with vivid colors and a sharpness few films, much less a Shaw Brothers' movie, have ever shown.

Without the low-pass filtering that leaves most flesh shots with a plastic sheen, Five Element Ninjas would unquestionably be in Tier 1.5 or higher. The transfer is that good if you can ignore the effects of the DNR.
post #19487 of 21407
Pina (2D version, French BD)

Absolutely gorgeous picture from the beginning to the end. So far, it's the best looking disc I've seen this half-year. The scenes outside of the theater are especially beautiful, with impressive precision and amount of detail. No post processing at all, very natural all through.

Simply gorgeous.

I thought it could be a Tier 1.0, but after a closer look of the titles in the Tier 0, my recommandation is :

Tier 0, below The Art of Flight
post #19488 of 21407
John Carter

Outdoor scenes shine but black levels were weak although it appears to be spot on towards the middle and in the end. Contrast runs hot with the teal / orange skin tones.

The movie was entertaining and not as bad as panned by Disney and the critics.

Recommendation: Tier 1.75


Safe House

Lava of orange / teal colors flowing out of the screen. Contrast is red hot. Blacks are crushed and in some scenes it becomes difficult to discern shadow details. Some intentionally grainy and gritty shots. Nothing much to complain although it doesn't deserve any further high praise.

Recommendation: Tier 1.75


Apocalypse Now

Oh dear. A bit too much of DNR and the result is plenty of waxiness and smoothness all over the place. Otherwise, this would have looked great and deserved a Tier 2.25~Tier 2.5 placement.

Recommendation: Tier 3.75
Edited by lgans316 - 7/9/12 at 9:38pm
post #19489 of 21407
Blade II

Just watched Blade II last night - bought it at Best Buy after hearing about the $10 deal. They were out of Blade and Trinity, or they would also be mine, but was more than satisfied with Blade II.

Video was very good, I thought. The night scenes were well defined, no crush that I could see and color representation very distinguishable. Especially good on the color of the uber vampire and reaper's faces. There was no real weakness in it, but was not up to tier 0 to me.

Equipment: 47" Vizio LED, Oppo BDP-83 bluray player, Pioneer Elite VSX-33 receiver, Energy RC-50''s x2, RC-LCR, RC-10 x2 side surrounds, RC-min surround backs, 2x S10.3
in an apartment living room at night. Watched with all lights out.

Recommendation: Tier 1.5
post #19490 of 21407
Straw Dogs (2011)

recommendation: Tier 1.75


The remake of Straw Dogs resides in Tier 3.0 at the moment, which looks a little harsh from my perspective. There are some problems in the final act, where the questionable lighting leads to poor shadow detail and a general loss in clarity from the rest of the film. But overall the picture quality looks pleasing enough to rank higher than the average designation that Tier 3.0 implies. It has a solid compression encode which is free of artifacts and is generally a well-shot film. One strong positive is the transfer has not been filtered, producing an image with a strong level of detail and high-frequency content.
post #19491 of 21407
Night Of The Living Dead (Japanese Happinet version)

recommendation: Tier 4.0*


Reputedly made from the best existing elements, this Japanese BD is probably the best this public domain film from 1968 has ever looked on home video. Print damage is virtually nil and mainly confined to a few thin scratches that run vertically in a couple of shots. The print is clean and stable, largely revealing flaws in the original production more than any technical errors made during the transfer.

As is typical for a Japanese disc, the AVC video encode exactly averages a robust 38 Mbps. The 96-minute movie is included on a BD-50 and any visible noise is probably baked into the master. A hint of sharpening possibly shows up, but it's virtually unnoticeable unless one watches extremely closely. The grain is largely left in the transfer, though it does appear the transfer was made on an older CRT scanner which has a habit of producing some odd-textured grain at times and some very minor chroma noise.

The black-and-white cinematography looks decent with solid detail and okay black levels. There are instances of softness and a few murky shots with crushed blacks, but overall the clarity is impressive. Faces do get washed out on occasion from the odd lighting of the low-budget film, producing blown highlights. Contrast is acceptable but seems to vary a bit from scene to scene.

Some shots look fabulous, displaying excellent dimensionality and a surprising level of detail. If it always looked as good as it does in the first reel, the BD might have ended up being recommended for Tier 3.0. But as the action moves to the interior of the house, quirks in the production lower the standard picture quality. This edition is a little more expensive than other options, but Night Of The Living Dead has never looked better. Purists may note that a few scenes have been slightly cropped from the original negative's image, but no uncropped transfer exists that is this clean and pristine.
post #19492 of 21407
This is not a formal recommendation, but I am going over season one of Boss at the moment for an upcoming review on DoBlu. It's a political drama so it doesn't have the constant pop of something like Avatar, but what I've already seen is some of the best live-action video I've ever witnessed on Blu-ray. Consistently as good as practically anything at the highest reaches of Tier Zero. Its quality is making me re-think my personal standards for the Tiers.

Long ago in this thread I politely declined to get involved on The Thin Red Line's rank, as I had only watched it on a friend's display that wasn't calibrated. I now own it so look for that review in the future.
post #19493 of 21407
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This is not a formal recommendation, but I am going over season one of Boss at the moment for an upcoming review on DoBlu. It's a political drama so it doesn't have the constant pop of something like Avatar, but what I've already seen is some of the best live-action video I've ever witnessed on Blu-ray. Consistently as good as practically anything at the highest reaches of Tier Zero. Its quality is making me re-think my personal standards for the Tiers.

I am an avid fan of Boss; in fact, I just reordered Starz so I could catch the upcoming premiere in August. I agree its PQ is excellent, though the color scheme is less-than-desirable at times. But the details, depth, and clarity can be absolutely striking and easily falls into Tier Blu when this occurs. I can only imagine what it looks like on Blu-ray.
post #19494 of 21407
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Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger View Post

This is not a formal recommendation, but I am going over season one of Boss at the moment for an upcoming review on DoBlu. It's a political drama so it doesn't have the constant pop of something like Avatar, but what I've already seen is some of the best live-action video I've ever witnessed on Blu-ray. Consistently as good as practically anything at the highest reaches of Tier Zero. Its quality is making me re-think my personal standards for the Tiers.

I am an avid fan of Boss; in fact, I just reordered Starz so I could catch the upcoming premiere in August. I agree its PQ is excellent, though the color scheme is less-than-desirable at times. But the details, depth, and clarity can be absolutely striking and easily falls into Tier Blu when this occurs. I can only imagine what it looks like on Blu-ray.
Having only seen a handful of episodes at the moment, the show does seem to be a very effective political drama set in the dirty world of Chicago politics. I assume you're referring to the cooler color temperatures of the show with its slight teal tint and restrained saturation of warmer hues.
post #19495 of 21407
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Having only seen a handful of episodes at the moment, the show does seem to be a very effective political drama set in the dirty world of Chicago politics. I assume you're referring to the cooler color temperatures of the show with its slight teal tint and restrained saturation of warmer hues.

Yes, the "slight teal tint" is quite pervasive at times and one longs for some warm, vibrant colors.

This is one of the best political dramas I've seen, and the acting is superb, especially that of Kelsey Grammar, who was nominated for best actor in a TV series.
post #19496 of 21407
Friends with Kids

Great black levels and firm definition highlight this one, marred mostly by a decision to smooth out a certain actress' face. Noise is so minor as to be barely noticeable. Color timing steers warmly which will take the flesh tones, but not severely. Great fine detail in close-ups too. A looker (mostly).

Tier 1.75*
post #19497 of 21407
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Originally Posted by patrick99 View Post



Very much disagree. Ordinarily lacking in crisp detail; extremely disappointing PQ.


Particularly disappointing that the PQ was so mediocre since the movie itself was pretty enjoyable.

Tier 2.25*

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X-Men: First Class


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X-Men: First Class


Outstanding live action feature. Vivid contrast is mixed with intensely bright colors. A great encode keeps a firm, natural grain structure at bay and the detail flowing with incredible regularity. Black levels may lose a little bit in certain interiors and some aliasing is a mild distraction, but those are so minor in the scheme of things here.

Tier 0.75*




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Originally Posted by patrick99 View Post



Very much disagree. Ordinarily lacking in crisp detail; extremely disappointing PQ.


Particularly disappointing that the PQ was so mediocre since the movie itself was pretty enjoyable.

Tier 2.25*



I'm going with patrick on this one....very disappointing PQ sprinkled throughout the transfer. One minute you would have an extremely detailed shot with vivid colors and excellent contrast and clarity, the next minute softness would creep in along with noise and a nagging hot contrast (in some daytime scenes), resulting in a lack of detail. A real inconsistent mess!


Blacks levels too were a mixed bag; black and inky one moment, murky the next.


I will say though that the PQ became more consistently better in later scenes (some of the scenes at sea and on the beach were stunning, with incredible detail and depth) and had the whole transfer been that good it would have easily fallen into Tier 1. It's a shame to have to relegate this to Tier Silver, though I'm inclined to put it on the top.....

Tier Recommendation: 2.0*


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X-Men: First Class


Nice detail with a lot of soft, if not blurry, shots throughout. Colors were great, though skin tones seemed a little hot at times. Black levels were mediocre.

Tier 2.75


I thought the picture fit the movie perfectly, it just doesn't get a higher rating in this thread. Watched on Panasonic 65ST30 from 9.5'.
X-Men: First Class

recommendation: 2.75


These reviews were all correct, the picture quality for X-Men: First Class was horribly inconsistent and disappointing for a new release. Some of the worst cinematography I've seen on a big-budget summer movie in a long time and the FX looked poorly integrated with the film. The production had to have been rushed, some of the shots barely look better than 16mm with an odd optical distortion. I thought about recommending Tier 3 for a minute it's so bad at times.
post #19498 of 21407
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Wrath of the Titans
I have one main criticism with this film. Can you guess what it is? I'll give you a clue; this is a WARNER RELEASE. Patrick's already nailed it (even if he hasn't seen it yet), for it's their "par for the course" BOUTS OF SOFTNESS. It was bothersome, for one minute it would be "sharp as a tack," and without warning it would be soft, resulting in a dull and flat look. This was especially true during the first half, but even the second half had enough soft shots to call for a heavy penalization of the rating. Let me just say that had it not been for this, I would be tempted to cast my vote for low Tier 0, but I would be dishonest if I didn't drop this a whole tier so I'm opting for....
Tier Recommendation: 1.75*

Saw very little indication of Warner-related issues. Even those shots with a softer focus are pumping out detail. Way too much eye candy here to go any lower than:

Tier 1.0*
post #19499 of 21407
The Flowers of War

recommendation: Tier 1.5*


I ended up reviewing The Flowers of War for DoBlu and came away mightily impressed by the picture quality. It's a Chinese production that just so happens to star Christian Bale, but it has a Hollywood pedigree with the talent involved behind the camera. Beautiful imagery in spots, particularly the scenes set inside the church. There are few notable flaws and the transfer is unfiltered, leaving a crisp image with a pleasing sense of depth.
post #19500 of 21407
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Saw very little indication of Warner-related issues. Even those shots with a softer focus are pumping out detail. Way too much eye candy here to go any lower than:

I may rent this title again to see if I'm more impressed with a second viewing, but I specifically remember being let down by the shots with a "softer focus." They were such a contrast to the shots that were sharp and oftentimes they occurred without any notice, which served to heighten the contrast between the two (sharp vs. soft) all the more.

Patrick, if you have seen this title I'd love to get your take on it. I know you've been very critical of Warner Releases and in particular for their softness, so I want to see if those shots bothered you as much as they did me.
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