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post #361 of 21406
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Originally Posted by DomNY View Post

Greetings,
I Didn't see "The Searchers" anywhere on the Tier List. How is the BD transfer on it? Anyone see it projected?
Regards,
Dom

I rented this a few months ago and thought it had great picture quality, especially considering it's a movie from 1956.........the movie itself on the other hand was a real bore in my opinion. The Cowboys is another John Wayne film on Blu Ray with great picture quality (and a much better movie in my opinion).
post #362 of 21406
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Originally Posted by btdvox View Post

Well i mean scanner darkly is a really clean disc, sure its not very hard to be a clean disc cuz its animated, but nonetheless it is.


Yes it is...it also isn't really that impressive over the DVD. Love the movie love the look but it doesn't look night and day from the DVD, rotoscoping (or whatever it is called) just means a lot less details. Casino Royale, Apocalypto, POTC...these all destroy their counterparts and look amazing.

Also as I have a DVI connection I can't judge, but Kris noted the unintentional banding, I know some laugh at this as there is so much intentional "banding" but still, something that isn't "perfect".

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...anner%20Darkly

Kris is a stickler for these things...I noticed both when he pointed them out.
post #363 of 21406
A Scanner Darkly

Just finished watching this 5 minutes ago.

First, this is a very impressive looking movie! The style is simply amazing!

That said: this needs to be removed from Tier 0 immediately. There is far too much banding and jaggies/line twitter to be considered a reference title. Eye candy, absolutely, but it most certainly has some issues with the video.
post #364 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin View Post

I will let Patrick speak for himself, but I personally believe that they are doing the poorest job in terms of PQ of any of the major studios. Why exactly that is the case is debatable.

That is the reason for my complaints about Warner: they are doing the poorest job in terms of PQ of any of the major studios.

Thanks, Rob, for putting it so well.
post #365 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin View Post

Another quality Warner release, eh?

Exactly right.
post #366 of 21406
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Originally Posted by TwisTz View Post

Off-topic question: Patrick, why do you hate Warner so much? Did they kidnap your cat or something?

As further followup, Warner seems to have made a very conscious, deliberate, and high-level decision that achieving the highest possible PQ on high def discs is not a priority for them. As Rob indicated, the motivation behind this apparent decision by Warner is somewhat of a mystery. Is it their intention at some point in the future to come out with "superbit" versions of all their high def releases so that they can get everyone to buy the same titles again? Is it because they think it is a higher priority to eliminate grain because they think that consumers don't like grain and any resulting softness is a side effect they prefer to grain? Is it some desire to get the lowest possible bitrates that produce "acceptable" results in order to facilitate downloading?

Whatever the explanation, I think their PQ practices are despicable and need to be called out.
post #367 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin View Post

A Scanner Darkly

Just finished watching this 5 minutes ago.

First, this is a very impressive looking movie! The style is simply amazing!

That said: this needs to be removed from Tier 0 immediately. There is far too much banding and jaggies/line twitter to be considered a reference title. Eye candy, absolutely, but it most certainly has some issues with the video.

I think the banding is actually part of the style of the "rendering". I could be wrong though, since I haven't seen this movie in its entirety.
post #368 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Garconis View Post

I think the banding is actually part of the style of the "rendering". I could be wrong though, since I haven't seen this movie in its entirety.

I think you are partially correct. But there are also clearly examples of where the banding is not intentional. And the line twitter is some of the worst I have seen to date on any HD title.

I checked the bitrate meter on my Pioneer Elite HD1 several times, and it is very clear that the video bitrate is very low. Frankly, I am surprised that it looks as good as it does given the low bitrate used.
post #369 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin View Post

I think you are partially correct. But there are also clearly examples of where the banding is not intentional. And the line twitter is some of the worst I have seen to date on any HD title.

I checked the bitrate meter on my Pioneer Elite HD1 several times, and it is very clear that the video bitrate is very low. Frankly, I am surprised that it looks as good as it does given the low bitrate used.

Tell me how you check the bitrate on the HD1...I have one and would like to know!
post #370 of 21406
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Originally Posted by AustinSTI View Post

Tell me how you check the bitrate on the HD1...I have one and would like to know!

I'll tell you after you remove A Scanner Darkly from Tier 0!




Just click the "display" button (near the top right) twice.
post #371 of 21406
Has anyone mentioned Curse of the Golden Flower? The transfer is a bit grainy at parts, but for the most part the PQ is fantastic. It is the reference disc I use to wow people because the bright colors pop and the cinematography/visuals are top-notch. I'd recommend low Tier 1, though I can see it dropping to Tier 2 because the transfer has occasional blemishes. For the most part, though, it's great to look at.
post #372 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin View Post

A Scanner Darkly

Just finished watching this 5 minutes ago.

First, this is a very impressive looking movie! The style is simply amazing!

That said: this needs to be removed from Tier 0 immediately. There is far too much banding and jaggies/line twitter to be considered a reference title. Eye candy, absolutely, but it most certainly has some issues with the video.

Weird i didnt see much of this at all on the HD DVD version, but i thikn the transfers are the same.
post #373 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Eggo View Post

Has anyone mentioned Curse of the Golden Flower? The transfer is a bit grainy at parts, but for the most part the PQ is fantastic. It is the reference disc I use to wow people because the bright colors pop and the cinematography/visuals are top-notch. I'd recommend low Tier 1, though I can see it dropping to Tier 2 because the transfer has occasional blemishes. For the most part, though, it's great to look at.

How is the movie itself ?
post #374 of 21406
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Originally Posted by ajamils View Post

How is the movie itself ?

Cinematography 10
Acting 9
Story 6
Overall 8

It's worth seeing at least once. I bought it without hesitation because of the visuals, and I'm a fan of Gong Li's cleavage in HD. There's also an epic battle towards the end, reminiscent of the battle of Helm's Deep in LOTR: The Two Towers. The movie is rated R for violence, and 90% of that is from that battle alone. There's also a couple cool ninja sequences. What's not to like?

Edit: Here are some threads where people were discussing the movie:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8&page=1&pp=30

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9&page=1&pp=30
post #375 of 21406
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Originally Posted by budd99 View Post

Does Blood Diamond really belong where it is now? High tier 2, and just 2 spots under Casino Royale? I havent seen it yet, but I ask this because when it came out I got the impression that a lot of people where unimpressed with the transfer, same with the reviews.

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Originally Posted by degas View Post

Certainly not.

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Originally Posted by Cane Dewey View Post

Blood Diamond needs to be lowered.

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Originally Posted by patrick99 View Post

Lowered a lot.

So, no response to the multiple requests that Blood Diamond be lowered?
post #376 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Eggo View Post

I bought it without hesitation because of the visuals, and I'm a fan of Gong Li's cleavage in HD.

Certainly a valid reason!
One should never underestimate the power of the cleavage.
post #377 of 21406
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Originally Posted by degas View Post

Certainly a valid reason!
One should never underestimate the power of the cleavage.

Correct !



Also Lower Blood Diamond please ! Its much too high
So is Season 1 of Weeds. I love the show but its gotta drop a bit. I can't see how this is better than the prestige
post #378 of 21406
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Originally Posted by donricouga View Post

Correct !



Also Lower Blood Diamond please ! Its much too high

Thank you!
post #379 of 21406
Fellow cleavage connoisseurs, there is a great pic of Gong Li in the second link I posted where they talk about Curse of the Golden Flower's release.
post #380 of 21406
Thoughts on the Untouchables? It's one of my faves, and I'm watching today's BR release right now. PQ is definitely solid, w/ good detail and not a lot of artifact. But it's certainly not Tier 0 or Tier 1. The vivid colors of the film really lend themselves well to BR though.

I've no doubt this one will be in my ps3 a lot more than some of my other recent BR purchases.
post #381 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Eggo View Post

Fellow cleavage connoisseurs, there is a great pic of Gong Li in the second link I posted where they talk about Curse of the Golden Flower's release.

.........YUMMY !! Now I'll definitely have to see this movie
post #382 of 21406
On a brief viewing Cruel Intentions is nice and sharp with lots of pop. I will post where I think it should be placed on here after I watch the whole thing though.
post #383 of 21406
Is a Scanner Darkly going to be lowered from Tier 0?
post #384 of 21406
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Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin View Post

Is a Scanner Darkly going to be lowered from Tier 0?

It should be...esp since tier 0 specifically says zero artifacts, and there are clear ones on Scanner Darkly. Far more so than Apacalypto (some film grain in some shots doesn't count as an artifact in my book)
post #385 of 21406
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Originally Posted by NewOrlnsDukie View Post

Thoughts on the Untouchables? It's one of my faves, and I'm watching today's BR release right now. PQ is definitely solid, w/ good detail and not a lot of artifact. But it's certainly not Tier 0 or Tier 1. The vivid colors of the film really lend themselves well to BR though.

I've no doubt this one will be in my ps3 a lot more than some of my other recent BR purchases.


I read a review that edge enhancement was noticeable. Did you see any?

Thanks,

ZM
post #386 of 21406
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Originally Posted by ZebraMajor View Post

I read a review that edge enhancement was noticeable. Did you see any?

Thanks,

ZM

Yeah, it's particularly noticeable on certain shots. But, on balance, it's not egregious.
post #387 of 21406
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Originally Posted by NewOrlnsDukie View Post

Yeah, it's particularly noticeable on certain shots. But, on balance, it's not egregious.

is it just me or is Paramount really bad about adding EE to their catalog titles? TRADING PLACES looks nice but there's an edginess to the picture that looks like video processing to me.
post #388 of 21406
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Originally Posted by NewOrlnsDukie View Post

Thoughts on the Untouchables? It's one of my faves, and I'm watching today's BR release right now. PQ is definitely solid, w/ good detail and not a lot of artifact. But it's certainly not Tier 0 or Tier 1. The vivid colors of the film really lend themselves well to BR though.

I've no doubt this one will be in my ps3 a lot more than some of my other recent BR purchases.


just watched it and i agree with your judgement, a solid tier 2 release.
post #389 of 21406
I just watched Cruel Intentions. Good solid PQ, sharp with good detail.

The only things that let it down was some bad lighting which seemed to wash out skintones in certain scenes, which is not a fault of the transfer itself.

I'd say it would definetly be a Tier 2 title. I would place it above The Departed.
post #390 of 21406
Just purchased "Rambo: First Blood" on blu ray. It looks surprisingly good to me. I'm very familiar with the dvd version and just watched it a few weeks ago on the same setup... Huge improvement. I'd likely put it in the tier 2 to tier 3 range (considering the tier placement of other movies).
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