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post #20371 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod View Post

To the PQ Tier thread court, I present this review that clearly shows my colleague is out of his gord. wink.gif

The color palette is yellowed, but a stunning contrast doesn't wash anything out. In fact, it is some of the most brilliant contrast I have ever seen. And the level of detail? Absolutely exquisite. Beautiful grain structure and deep blacks where needed. Tier Blu.

Tier 0.75

Whoa, man! Them are fightin' words! wink.gif

I would welcome a "jury of my peers" regarding this title. If you look back on my "whole review" and another post that I added to the review, you will see that I highly praise this title for its details, depth, flesh tones, etc. In fact, I stated that there is a facial shot of Naomi Watts "up close and personal" that is the best I've ever seen.

But if one looks critically at the first few scenes you can't help but notice shots that appear "washed out" due to it being too bright. Add to that some soft shots (in the plane and especially some scenes at the resort before the tsunami hits) and one simply can't assign this to Tier Blu. Maybe, and I stress the word "maybe," one could justify putting it in Tier 1, but I personally couldn't go any higher than 1.5 or 1.75.

So fellow-AVS members, we need some help in settling this matter. I wish we could settle it "out of court," but GRG has appealed to the PQ Thread court and I'm willing to comply. smile.gifcool.gif
Edited by djoberg - 5/28/13 at 4:15pm
post #20372 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger View Post

The Verdict

recommendation: Tier 4.0*

Phantom, thanks for reviewing this. It seems that older catalog titles usually don't get reviewed often. I agree about it being a great movie. If I remember correctly it revived Paul Newman's career. I may end up buying this when it's bargain basement priced as I only have it on LD.

Fox isn't the only studio giving short-shift to older catalog titles. I was really disappointed with Warner's release of Little Shop of Horrors and Cabaret.
Fox does fine work when they put any effort into their catalog releases, but all too often they scrounge up an HD transfer made before the time of the Blu-ray format. It is becoming more and more apparent to me that the studios have already cherry-picked the decent-looking transfers. What we are getting now on Blu-ray shows little consideration for what the existing transfer looks like. My next review should be right up your alley, if you are into older catalog gems.
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Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod View Post

To the PQ Tier thread court, I present this review that clearly shows my colleague is out of his gord. wink.gif

The color palette is yellowed, but a stunning contrast doesn't wash anything out. In fact, it is some of the most brilliant contrast I have ever seen. And the level of detail? Absolutely exquisite. Beautiful grain structure and deep blacks where needed. Tier Blu.

Tier 0.75

Whoa, man! Them are fightin' words! wink.gif

I would welcome a "jury of my peers" regarding this title. If you look back on my "whole review" and another post that I added to the review, you will see that I highly praise this title for its details, depth, flesh tones, etc. In fact, I stated that there is a facial shot of Naomi Watts "up close and personal" that is the best I've ever seen.

But if one looks critically at the first few scenes you can't help but notice shots that appear "washed out" due to it being too bright. Add to that some soft shots (in the plane and especially some scenes at the resort before the tsunami hits) and one simply can't assign this to Tier Blu. Maybe, and I stress the word "maybe," one could justify putting it in Tier 1, but I personally couldn't go any higher than 1.5 or 1.75.

So fellow-AVS members, we need some help in settling this matter. I wish we could settle it "out of court," but GRG has appealed to the PQ Thread court and I'm willing to comply. smile.gifcool.gif
I probably won't get around to watching The Impossible, at least on Blu-ray. Hopefully someone else will step in and throw in their two cents on the matter. We could always settle this dispute like gentlemen. Who is up to see Gamereviewgod and Djoberg go three rounds in the ring? I can referee.biggrin.gif
post #20373 of 21406
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)

recommendation: Tier 5*


The brilliant BBC adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was filmed on 16mm stock. Acorn Media did the best they could with the dated master, but even seriously high bitrates can't create detail when it is missing from the original scan. The 1080i resolution indicates this was possibly sourced from a PAL broadcast master, obviously not the best solution for a film-based production. The transfer is not heavily processed, but the elements used for the transfer are second-rate. The Blu-ray is certainly watchable enough, but don't expect much more detail than a DVD.
post #20374 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger View Post

I probably won't get around to watching The Impossible, at least on Blu-ray. Hopefully someone else will step in and throw in their two cents on the matter. We could always settle this dispute like gentlemen. Who is up to see Gamereviewgod and Djoberg go three rounds in the ring? I can referee.biggrin.gif

I would be willing to go three rounds with GRG and I'm quite confident I could achieve a TKO by using two of my best punches:

1) My "uppercut" would make him see BRIGHT LIGHTS and give him a WASHED-OUT feeling.

2) My "jabs" would really SOFTEN him up and he would feel anything but SHARP.

After three rounds he'd have to own up to the fact that The Impossible is just too BRIGHT and WASHED-OUT at times, along with bouts of SOFTNESS, to justify a Tier Blu ranking. Granted, this may not be a clear knock-out, but *technically* it would be! wink.gifcool.gif
post #20375 of 21406
The Brotherhood of Satan

recommendation: Tier 3.25*


A surprisingly strong print that Mill Creek has dug up for this 1971 horror film, encoded at better standards in AVC than prior efforts from the company. Largely film-like in appearance, detail is sporadic but that can be attributed to the spotty '70s cinematography. The Brotherhood of Satan shares a BD-50 with another film, Mr. Sardonicus. It's very possible that Mill Creek licensed this transfer from Sony, so that should give some indication as to its quality.
post #20376 of 21406
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Originally Posted by djoberg View Post

I would be willing to go three rounds with GRG and I'm quite confident I could achieve a TKO by using two of my best punches:

1) My "uppercut" would make him see BRIGHT LIGHTS and give him a WASHED-OUT feeling.

2) My "jabs" would really SOFTEN him up and he would feel anything but SHARP.

After three rounds he'd have to own up to the fact that The Impossible is just too BRIGHT and WASHED-OUT at times, along with bouts of SOFTNESS, to justify a Tier Blu ranking. Granted, this may not be a clear knock-out, but *technically* it would be! wink.gifcool.gif

My superior vision skills and detail detection will be able to adequately dodge any incoming blows.

The Numbers Station

Far from The Impossible, this dark and dreary black crush-a-thon is rather ugly. Nasty bouts of random noise and compression along with egregious orange and teal palette are boring to view. Hints of detail are there, a couple of great close-ups, but the rest is a mess.

Tier 4.0*
post #20377 of 21406
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Wildly fun movie with visuals to match, sans the orange and teal color palette. Detail is strong, sharpness is consistent, and the image is free of noise. Blacks could be denser, and contrast can be a tad over aggressive in spots.

Tier 1.75*
post #20378 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod View Post

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Wildly fun movie with visuals to match, sans the orange and teal color palette. Detail is strong, sharpness is consistent, and the image is free of noise. Blacks could be denser, and contrast can be a tad over aggressive in spots.

Tier 1.75*

I had a chance to check out the Blu-ray release a few days ago and passed having the impression it was basically the usual by-the-numbers fantasy CGI fest. I think I'll give it a chance and check it out this weekend.
post #20379 of 21406
The Numbers Station

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The Numbers Station

Far from The Impossible, this dark and dreary black crush-a-thon is rather ugly. Nasty bouts of random noise and compression along with egregious orange and teal palette are boring to view. Hints of detail are there, a couple of great close-ups, but the rest is a mess.

Tier 4.0*

Well, there's no need to go into "court" or into "the ring" for this one. I absolutely agree with every word of your review, as well as your placement.

Tier Recommendation: 4.0*

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post #20380 of 21406
Dark Skies

After watching the "dark and dreary" The Numbers Station this was a blessed and refreshing contrast. BLACK LEVELS (which were plentiful) ranged from GOOD to VERY GOOD....SHADOW DETAILS were also pleasing....DEPTH was outstanding at times....FLESH TONES were spot-on....COLORS (during daytimes scenes) were warm and vibrant....DETAILS were demo-worthy....CONTRAST was strong....and SHARPNESS/CLARITY characterized numerous scenes. For the "horror genre," this was better than expected and will easily find its way into Tier Gold.

Before making a placement recommendation, I just want to say I enjoyed this film very much. So-called "expert" reviewers were quite critical but "average" movie-goers (on Amazon's site) gave it nearly 4 Stars and I concur with their general consensus. Keri Russell has become one of my favorite actresses and she gives yet another stellar performance. If I were to describe her acting in one word it would be "believable."

Tier Recommendation: 1.5*

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post #20381 of 21406
Mama

Another phenomenal-looking title from the horror genre! Incredible black levels/shadow details along with amazing details and depth serve to dispel any disappointments due to the muted color palette. I was captivated from beginning to end by the PQ and were it not for the EYE CANDY I would have been tempted to call it quits due to the rather slow-paced, boring storyline. Teal hues dominated throughout but thankfully they did NOT hinder finely-rendered definition in clothing, foliage, facial close-ups, etc. This was definitely worth a rental in spite of the lackluster plot, with superb PQ and another good performance by Jessica Chastain.

This was a notch above my lasting viewing so this one weighs in at.....

Tier Recommendation: 1.25*

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post #20382 of 21406
The Great Escape

recommendation: Tier 3.75*


The quintessence of Steve McQueen cool, The Great Escape arrives on Blu-ray in a passable transfer. MGM/Fox did spread the nearly three-hour film over a BD-50, but the listed average bitrate of 18 Mbps produces artifacts at times that will be noticed by viewers on displays over 50". There is also some mild sharpening and what appears to be filtering on some level in the older transfer. It's not an unwatchable disaster like the first Patton Blu-ray, but I suspect The Great Escape will look much better when it gets released on the next home video format. Subtle tweaks to the color timing and contrast levels have greatly improved those aspects.

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Originally Posted by djoberg View Post

Dark Skies
Before making a placement recommendation, I just want to say I enjoyed this film very much. So-called "expert" reviewers were quite critical but "average" movie-goers (on Amazon's site) gave it nearly 4 Stars and I concur with their general consensus. Keri Russell has become one of my favorite actresses and she gives yet another stellar performance. If I were to describe her acting in one word it would be "believable."

Tier Recommendation: 1.5*

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I've really been meaning to see this movie, hopefully soon.
post #20383 of 21406
Django Unchained

A highly stylized film that could have easily made its way into Tier Blu if not for 4 areas of concern:

1) Bouts of ugly "orange hues" wreaking havoc on flesh tones.

2) Sporadic soft shots, especially in earlier scenes.

3) Heavy grain (or noise) at times.

4) Overblown whites in several daytime, outdoor scenes.

Thankfully these were the exception and not the rule (though they happened often enough for me to dock this a half of a tier). The vast majority of the nearly 3 hour running time displayed amazing details and depth, along with fantastic black levels and shadow details, some of which ranked right up there with the best in Tier Blu. All things considered I'm inclined to assign this to....

Tier Recommendation: 1.5*

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post #20384 of 21406
The Impossible

I'm hungry for some "humble pie!" (Not really, but I to maintain a good conscience I feel I must eat a piece or two.) I have my sister visiting for the weekend and she wanted to watch The Impossible. After viewing this again I must confess I was dead wrong with my initial placement recommendation. I have no idea how I arrived at a 2.0 or 2.25 ranking the first time around (perhaps someone had changed my Mode from the excellent Pure Mode to Standard Mode, which comes across as way too bright), but this is clearly a high Tier 1 Blu-ray. This did NOT have the SOFT shots that I thought I had seen before, though there were still a fair amount of scenes where it was too bright, resulting in a bit of a washed out look. Surprisingly, I had said those scenes were prior to the tsunami, but I took special notice tonight and they happened AFTER the tsunami hit, starting at around the 32 Min. mark. They occurred a good half dozen times after that.

I want to officially change my placement recommendation to....

Tier Recommendation: 1.25*
post #20385 of 21406
That's quite big of you, Denny, changing your score after a second viewing and admitting it. I can't think of any recent examples, but I've definitely re-evaluated a placement after a second viewing. When I go back and read some of my recommendations in this thread from a few years ago, I cringe.
post #20386 of 21406
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The Impossible

I'm hungry for some "humble pie!" .... I want to officially change my placement recommendation to....

Tier Recommendation: 1.25*

I could make some noise of this. I could dance around and yell, "Nah nah" all day. I could bring this up at regular intervals and use it to my advantage...

The Great Escape

One of those where Phantom and me represent the community split. Outstanding contrast and rich color feels natural, miles ahead of previous releases. Grain is suspect, and some scenes are clearly pulled from a different source. However, image fidelity is outright fantastic. I'm just not seeing signs of filtering or digital alteration. I'm far more concerned with the space given to the encode, which is nowhere near enough to handle a movie of this length.

Tier 2.75*
post #20387 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod View Post

I could make some noise of this. I could dance around and yell, "Nah nah" all day. I could bring this up at regular intervals and use it to my advantage...

Yes, you could, but if you did, I'd have to fall back on the fact that even though I changed my recommendation by quite a bit, I still didn't deem it worthy of Tier Blu. You and I are still a half of a tier apart, due to my still seeing some shots where it was too bright. wink.gif
post #20388 of 21406
Shoot First, Die Later

recommendation: Tier 3.75*

The 1974 Italian crime drama was very recently released by Raro Video. A completely new transfer was struck from the original camera negative, though a touch of digital noise reduction has been used on it. Technically it is a strong Blu-ray release, with appropriate color timing choices for the period and solid black levels. The film elements are in pristine condition. Limitations in the original photography limit its Tier ranking.
post #20389 of 21406
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Originally Posted by K-Spaz View Post

Movies like Total Recall, it's new enough that it most likely was shot with high res cameras as well.

Funnily enough, Total Recall 2012 was post-produced in 2K. biggrin.gif
post #20390 of 21406
Mr. Sardonicus

recommendation: Tier 2.75*

Part of a cheapie double-feature released by Mill Creek, William Castle's 1961 ghoulish frightfest looks positively fantastic. Mill Creek licensed the film from Sony and the stunning quality of the black-and-white transfer indicates Sony was likely behind it. The completely film-like picture has no unnecessary digital processing and nicely reproduced by the solid compression parameters. Practically a throwaway release salvaged by Mill Creek for Blu-ray, Mr. Sardonicus receives one of the better vintage film transfers in recent memory.
post #20391 of 21406
Jack the Giant Slayer

Well detailed at its peak, but suffers either from Warner's encode or source camera jitters. Quite filtered and compressed in spots. Color veers warm. Black levels are absolutely spectacular and hold even under challenging conditions.

Tier 2.0*
post #20392 of 21406
Based on the flowery words being used for the OZ the Great and Power , not to mention the score of 100. The review done by AVS it seems like it's a real winner, blu tier territory. Looking forward to an actual review done by one of the members on here .
post #20393 of 21406
We are current once again. The official PQ Tiers list is entirely up to date, with the following placements. Thanks to K-Spaz's database wizardry, the HDDB links have all been eliminated. If you now click on a movie in the Tiers, it will either return the direct Cinema Squid page with multiple Blu-ray reviews or a generic Cinema Squid page. Feel free to point out errors, omissions, etc. in the Tiers to me by pm. Tier 0 is getting quite big, we should probably discuss if it needs to be split up.

People entering their placements from this thread into the Google spreadsheet saved me a decent amount of time, thank you. I would ask everyone to continue using it, entries can easily be made at the link in my forum signature.

21 Jump Street* Tier 2.5 comperic2003
Alex Cross Tier 2.0 (Silver) djoberg
Amazing Spider-Man, The Tier 1.25 lgans316
Bachelorette* Tier 3.25 Gamereviewgod
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman* Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
Battleship Tier 1.25 lgans316
Beautiful Creatures* Tier 2.75 Phantom Stranger
Bible, The: The Epic Miniseries* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Broken City* Tier 2.25 Gamereviewgod
Broken City* Tier 2.75 djoberg
Brotherhood of Satan, The* Tier 3.25 Phantom Stranger
Brubaker* Tier 3.75 Phantom Stranger
Collection, The* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Dark Skies* Tier 1.5 djoberg
Day, The Tier 4.0 (Copper) Phantom Stranger
Deadfall* Tier 3.5 djoberg
Delhi Safari* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, The* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Django Unchained* Tier 1.0 (Gold) Gamereviewgod
Django Unchained* Tier 1.5 djoberg
Dragon Lord* Tier 5 (Coal) Gamereviewgod
Dredd Tier 3.0 (Bronze) audiomagnate
Flight Tier 1.5 djoberg
Fresh* Tier 2.5 Gamereviewgod
Gangster Squad* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Gamereviewgod
Gangster Squad* Tier 1.5 djoberg
Ghostbusters* (4K remaster) Tier 2.5 Gamereviewgod
Gorgo* Tier 4.0 (Copper) Gamereviewgod
Great Escape, The* Tier 2.75 Gamereviewgod
Great Escape, The* Tier 3.75 Phantom Stranger
Grey, The Tier 1.75 lgans316
Greystone Park* Tier 4.5 Phantom Stranger
Guilt Trip, The* Tier 2.25 djoberg
Guilt Trip, The* Tier 3.0 (Bronze) Gamereviewgod
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters* Tier 1.75 Gamereviewgod
Haunted House, A* Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
Hello, Dolly!* Tier 0 (Blu) hernanu
Hellsing Ultimate: Collection Volumes I - IV* Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
Hemingway & Gellhorn* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Hitchcock* Tier 1.0 (Gold) djoberg
Hitchcock* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey* Tier 0 (Blu) Gamereviewgod
Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey* Tier 1.5 patrick99
Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey* Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Horror of Dracula (region-locked UK import)* Tier 4.0 (Copper) Phantom Stranger
Hudson Hawk* Tier 2.75 Gamereviewgod
Impossible, The* Tier 0 (Blu) Gamereviewgod
Impossible, The* Tier 1.25 djoberg
In The Name Of The King* Tier 1.75 hungro
Jack Reacher* Tier 1.25 djoberg
Jack the Giant Slayer* Tier 2.0 (Silver) gamereviewgod
Jersey Girl* Tier 3.5 Gamereviewgod
Jurassic Park 3D* Tier 2.75 Gamereviewgod
King of Thorn* Tier 1.5 Phantom Stranger
Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden* Tier 1.25 Johnny Vertigo
Lawless Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Lawless (UK import)* Tier 2.25 lgans316
Les Misérables (2012)* Tier 2.0 (Silver) lgans316
Life of Pi* Tier 0 (Blu) JoeBloggz
Life of Pi* Tier 0 (Blu) Gamereviewgod
Life of Pi* Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Life of Pi* Tier 0 (Blu) hungro
Lincoln Tier 1.5 djoberg
Mama* Tier 1.25 djoberg
Man With the Iron Fists, The* Tier 1.75 djoberg
Man With The Iron Fists, The* Tier 0 (Blu) Phantom Stranger
Master, The Tier 0 (Blu) vpn75
Master, The Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Master, The Tier 0 (Blu) audiomagnate
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series 1* Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
Mr. Sardonicus* Tier 2.75 Phantom Stranger
Notebook, The Tier 1.5 djoberg
Numbers Station, The* Tier 4.0 (Copper) Gamereviewgod
Numbers Station, The* Tier 4.0 (Copper) djoberg
Odd Life of Timothy Green, The* Tier 1.25 djoberg
Oranges, The* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Gamereviewgod
Other Guys, The Tier 2.5 Comperic2003
Parental Guidance* Tier 3.25 Gamereviewgod
People Like Us Tier 2.0 (Silver) djoberg
Prep & Landing / Prep & Landing: Naughty & Nice* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Complete Series Collection (UK Import)* Tier 1.5 Phantom Stranger
Pulp Fiction* Tier 2.75 lgans316
Resident Evil: Retribution* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Gamereviewgod
Rise of the Guardians* Tier 0 (Blu) Gamereviewgod
Rise of the Guardians* Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Safety Not Guaranteed* Tier 2.75 Phantom Stranger
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Shangahi Knights* Tier 2.75 Gamereviewgod
Shanghai Noon* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Gamereviewgod
Ship of Fools* Tier 3.5 Gamereviewgod
Shoot First, Die Later* Tier 3.75 Phantom Stranger
Silent Hill: Revelation* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Silver Linings Playbook* Tier 1.75 Gamereviewgod
Sinister* Tier 2.0 (Silver) djoberg
Skyfall Tier 0 (Blu) lgans316
Skyfall Tier 0 (Blu) audiomagnate
Star Driver: Part 1* Tier 1.5 Phantom Stranger
Star Driver: Part 2* Tier 1.5 Phantom Stranger
Straitheads (UK)* Tier 4.5 Phantom Stranger
Superman Unbound* Tier 1.0 (Gold) Phantom Stranger
Taken 2 Tier 2.0 (Silver) lgans316
Tekkonkinkreet Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Tell Tale* Tier 2.5 audiomagnate
Thale* Tier 3.5 Phantom Stranger
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) Tier 5 (Coal) Phantom Stranger
Total Recall (2012) Tier 1.75 lgans316
Twilight Saga, The: Breaking Dawn - Part 2* Tier 2.75 Gamereviewgod
Twilight Saga, The: Breaking Dawn - Part 2* Tier 2.0 (Silver) djoberg
VEEP: The Complete First Season* Tier 1.5 Phantom Stranger
Verdict, The* Tier 4.0 (Copper) Phantom Stranger
Viva Zapata!* Tier 3.25 Phantom Stranger
Wicker Tree, The* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Phantom Stranger
Willow* Tier 2.5 Gamereviewgod
Words, The* Tier 1.75 djoberg
Wreck-It Ralph Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Wreck-It Ralph Tier 1.5 audiomagnate
X-Men: First Class Tier 1.0 (Gold) Johnny Vertigo
Zero Dark Thirty* Tier 1.0 (Gold) djoberg
Zero Dark Thirty* Tier 1.0 (Gold) Gamereviewgod
Zero Dark Thirty* Tier 1.75 lgans316
Zero Dark Thirty* Tier 0 (Blu) audiomagnate
post #20394 of 21406
Phantom - thank you for your stalwart curatorship!
post #20395 of 21406
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Phantom - thank you for your stalwart curatorship!

+1 Thank you for your time and effort with this data base.
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Phantom - thank you for your stalwart curatorship!

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+1 Thank you for your time and effort with this data base.

Ditto!
post #20397 of 21406
A Good Day to Die Hard

The worst orange and teal offender to date. Never thought it would get this bad. Grain, which is thick, generally resolves nicely. Facial detail is outstanding, blacks are awesome, and sharpness great. A bit of ringing doesn't harm anything.

Tier 2.0*
post #20398 of 21406
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A Good Day to Die Hard

The worst orange and teal offender to date. Never thought it would get this bad. Grain, which is thick, generally resolves nicely. Facial detail is outstanding, blacks are awesome, and sharpness great. A bit of ringing doesn't harm anything.

Tier 2.0*
Holy teal, Batman!eek.gif Those screenshots come with 100% of your recommended daily allowance of teal. Avert your eyes, children. 'Tis a shame, since I still consider Live Free or Die Hard a valuable reference disc.
post #20399 of 21406
Red Dawn (2012)

Lousy movie....excellent PQ!

Details, depth, and clarity rule the day in yet another winner from 20th Century Fox. Black levels were also quite good, except for a few instances of black crush. Good shadow details accompanied them. Flesh tones were accurate and contrast was strong. The only downside was some jerky camera work and during fast, action scenes it didn't retain its clarity and sharpness.

Tier Recommendation: 1.5*

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post #20400 of 21406
A Good Day to Die Hard

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Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod View Post

A Good Day to Die Hard

The worst orange and teal offender to date. Never thought it would get this bad. Grain, which is thick, generally resolves nicely. Facial detail is outstanding, blacks are awesome, and sharpness great. A bit of ringing doesn't harm anything.

Tier 2.0*

I pretty much agree with this review, though I must say the first half of the movie had me figuring a high Tier 1 placement. Then the "real teal" kicked in (especially at the Chernobyl plant), along with some nasty noise and soft shots that came and went. Again, the first half featured some of the most amazing details (including facial close-ups) on Blu-ray and some nice primary colors sprinkled in too. Black levels were excellent as well. But the last half hour was underwhelming and dropped it from a high Tier 1 to the top of Tier 2.

Tier Recommendation: 2.0*

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