Dallas Buyers Club
Firstly, if you're a movie buff, you owe it to yourself to see this film. It's a very moving and powerful film with great characters, which are acted beautifully. If any of the actors in Gravity won the Oscar for best/supporting actor it would have been an injustice. Taking nothing away from Gravity but the plot and characters do not come close to the breadth/character development like Dallas Buyers Club(DBC).
In terms of the quality of this transfer, its hit or miss, but more hit than miss. The negatives are minimal and don't take away to much from my overall Tier recommendation. Overall its clear, clean, and facial closeups are good, but not Tier 0 quality, in fact, in some case not Tier 1 either. Blacks are inky but not reference. Some scenes do suffer from softness and could have been more sharp. Colors are good but not great(although there isn't a huge palette overall in the film).
Some of the scenes when Hudson(McConaughey) travels to Mexico, China, and Japan are all great looking scenes. Very sharp with accurate colors( these are some of the most colorful scenes in the film).
Shadow detail in some of the dark scenes, when McConaughey is behind the gate watching the rodeo are average. I could not make out the distinct details in these dark scenes as everything sort of mixed/blurred together.
Overall, this is a quality transfer from Universal. A few of the negatives knock it down a bit, but its still a great upgrade from DVD.
Tier Recommendation: 1.75
Thanks Joe for the detailed review! I'm busy all weekend or I would go rent this immediately, but early next week should work for me.
I'm not surprised by your comment about the actors in Gravity, for although I liked the acting by Sandra Bullock, I was taken aback when she was nominated for Best Actor in a major role. Just from the trailers I've seen on Dallas Buyers Club it's obvious that the acting is superb with more depth and character development involved.