Quote:Your recommendation will surely be counted in the final tally, Toe. I am not a stickler by any means for posters adhering to a specific review format as long their intent is clear somewhere in the post, in regards to the score. For newer readers, the asterisk is merely a helpful guide indicating to me the disc has not been ranked on the main list (the latest update is always found in my signature) and helps speed up the accounting process. A simple Tier 0 placement is fine, though giving a more exact placement as to where it belongs in Tier 0 is always helpful.
To address other concerns, I purposefully left out language concerning color-timing in the definition for the Tiers. Reasonable people may disagree on whether a specific color-timing can impact the overall picture quality of a Blu-ray, so we've left that up to the individual in determining their own Tiers' score for a disc. I will say this on the matter...I have come across movies where I thought the color-timing significantly impacted my assessment, in both the positive and negative direction. The digital colorists in Hollywood have a tough job but there have been times where I was watching a movie and wondered who decided on this color scheme, it looks hideous. Everyone knows about the teal-and-orange mania, but each genre now seems to have their own de facto tint. Both horror and comedy have drastically different standard presentations now than in past generations. What is really bothersome to me is when older films are re-colored to appease modern tastes for Blu-ray.
At the end of the day, we are simply looking for the best of the best visuals and pure eye candy on the format. That is often a gut reaction as much as a clinical assessment and should be easily explainable to newer Blu-ray viewers. What will shock and awe someone that hasn't ever watched a top-notch Blu-ray presentation before, after familiarizing themselves with HD?
For the newer readers, I will repost the guidance provided for the top tier:
Tier Zero - Blu (Reference)
Blu-ray titles in this tier consistently offer reference level high-definition picture quality that continues to impress both at viewing distances approximately 1.5 screen widths from the display and on larger projection screens over 100”.
A Blu-ray in Tier Zero will generally exhibit the following characteristics:
A sharp image with a palpable sense of depth, clarity, and presence that will often appear nearly three-dimensional in nature.
Excellent contrast, superb shadow detail, and the deepest black levels without macroblocking or clipping.
Exquisite resolution of ultra-fine detail, fabric and surface textures, individual strands of hair, and human faces down to the imperfections and pores. Animated material will often exhibit photo-realistic qualities and will feature beautifully rendered environments.
Sophisticated color palettes will be completely resolved down to the most subtle gradations of each hue. Primary colors will appear striking and dynamic. Black-and-white material will exhibit top-notch and accurate grayscale reproduction.
A film-based title will exhibit natural grain structure free of excessive digital noise reduction (DNR) or filtering that results in a noticeable impact on the image, including waxy looking faces and missing high-frequency detail in general.
Halos and ringing artifacts are either absent or not visible enough to be distracting from standard viewing distances.
No alteration from the originally intended aspect ratio or viewable image area.
An artifact-free video compression encoding that shows virtually no signs of chroma noise, banding, posterization, aliasing, macroblocking, compression noise, and other encoding deficiencies.
The transfer of the Blu-ray will be sourced from a master with virtually no visible flaws. This entails an image free of print damage, dirt, specks, cue marks, and other flaws that should be absent from a new and pristine transfer of source material in excellent condition.