Originally Posted by madshi
For your interest. The UK Blu-Ray (also VC-1) beats everything else we have so far:
Compared several frames between French HD DVD and UK Blu-Ray and the UK Blu-Ray was never worse. Sometimes equal, often noticably better.
average bitrates (video only!):
French HD DVD (VC-1): 20254 mbps
UK Blu-Ray (VC-1): 28769 mbps
Unfortunately the UK Blu-Ray only has one lousy Spanish AC3 640kbit track. No other multi channel audio tracks. No lossless.
Thank you very much madshi, I appreciate it.
This is about what Pans Labyrinth "is supposed" to look like - comparing the UK BD (high bitrate
) release with the New Line one is quite shocking. Mild DNR???
Mess up a perfectly fine international master tape with obsessive DNR, obvious contrast and edge enhancement and encode it with the lowest, compromised bitrate that "just" doesn't result in obvious artifacts and is therefor good enough (even for "professional" reviewers - NL PL release gets 4.5 - 5 stars for P"Q" in published reviews so far)...NEW LINE.
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madshi, is there any chance at all that you could provide screen captures and/or impressions of the German HD-DVD/BD release of Pans Labyrinth??? That would really make my day (it is a region codefree release with PCM tracks)! Thanks again und ein frohes neues Jahr!