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post #1 of 21 Old 10-28-2008, 11:31 AM - Thread Starter
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I can't find a review on ELF anywhere. Anyone pick up this up yet?
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i ordered it. should be here soon.

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Yes!

Edit: My Thoughts from the thread above:

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Big Question: Lossless?

Answer: Yes; Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Though, I know that might still disappoint those who were spoiled by New Line's DTS-HD MA 7.1 tracks, but it's an effort!

Well, I went ahead and watched this immediately.


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All I want to know is if Elf is DNRed. Most New Line films have been butchered so far.

I currently view films sitting 12' away from a 50'' 768p Sony Wega LCD rear projection television (4 1/2 years old now). So I am by no means fully qualified to judge the video quality.

What I can say as that I was surprised by the amount of depth and, in some cases, 'pop' there was to the image, especially during the interior North Pole shots. The fine wood grains and cracks seemed very sharp and had great texture. The picture does shine in quite a few places. You can actually read the green menu in the 'World's best cup of coffee' shop and discern all of the windows and building textures far off during the Central Park snowball scene.

On the downside, there were a few shots where I had to blink to make sure my contacts hadn't dryed (possible softness?). Overall, I thought the picture was very good, if not a revelation, on my size screen, and I hope those with larger home venues are so lucky.




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Will Farrell's Elf burp in lossless sound?

Oh yeah, sign me up.

Very Dynamic...indeed.


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Zooey Deschanel singing in lossless... sweet mercy.

Very nice warmth to it. I suppose that was also aided by the running shower. You could almost feel the heat from the shower listening to this soundtrack.

The Dolby TrueHD really brought out subtle ambience that I honestly never noticed before. Every scene in the North Pole Interiors has an audible wind and heft on the walls from the snow storms outside, which also compares nicely to the same effect heard in New York interiors with constant traffic. During the Snowball fight, I actually could hear Buddy make his weaponry in the left channel like some sort of a machine gun. Any time the Kringle 3000 is juiced up, get ready for some bass!

So I'd say a very good video presentation with depth and texture (that has a few iffy shots, and possibly more when others with larger and more capable equipment dissect it) and a very solid TrueHD track which also has some good depth, nice pans to surrounds, a few scenes of hard hitting bass (mail room), and an airy ambience.

I'm not a professional, so, please, take this opinion to be just that.



Special Features (as read off of the actual in-movie menu):

-Commentary by Director Jon Favreau
-Commentary by Will Ferrel
-9 Documentaries:
1. Tag Along with Will Ferrel
2. Film School for Kids
3. Now They Made the North Pole
4. Lights, Camera, Puffin!
5. That's A Wrap
6. Kids on Christmas
7. Deck the Halls
8. Santa Mania
9. Christmas in Tinseltown
-Fact Track (in English, Dutch, or Spanish)
-Focus Points:
-> "Explore the making of ELF and the process of bringing the film to the screen"
-> Watch for the gold disc and press enter to explore behind-the-scenes exclusives and innovative features from the making of the movie
-> Focus Points can not be directly accessed in the menu
-Elf Karaoke (vocals on or off):
1. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
2. "Deck the Halls"
3. "Jingle Bells"
-Theatrical Trailer
-8 Additional/Deleted Scenes (w/ optional commentary by Director Jon Favreau):
1. Hockey
2. Buddy Talks with Papa
3. Walter and the Nun
4. Papa Tells Buddy the Truth
5. Buddy and Leon
6. Walter and Emily
7. Extended Tuck-in
8. Extended Miles Finch Fight

HUGE EDIT: I forgot to mention the DIGITAL COPY of the film. (I don't know how I could miss the whole second disc!)

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I have my copy sitting next to me. At my desk. Still at work.
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Got it last week along with Band of Brothers Blu-ray from WHV.

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did anyone from Columbia house order and get theirs to show as shipped yet?

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sweet. Thanks fellas. $20 at Best buy is a nice deal.

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did anyone from Columbia house order and get theirs to show as shipped yet?

I ordered through Columbia House a few weeks ago whrn they were running their BOGO sale. My order summary has read, 'scheduled to ship', with no change as of today. I sent them an e-mail inquiring about when the title is actually going to ship? Columbia House stinks...
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sweet. Thanks fellas. $20 at Best buy is a nice deal.

"You smell like beef and cheese!"

Strangely I went there this afternoon and couldn't find it locally. Guess I'll go online and do the "store pick-up" thingie.

Fight mediocrity: Insist on BD50 discs for all movies longer than 100 minutes, optimized video encodes that fully utilize the available space, lossless audio track, and new masters for catalog titles!
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I watched part of it tonight. It looked really good. Nice colors and lots of pop as mentioned above. It is amazing how much more detail you can make out on those little elf uniforms.

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This might be the worst transfer Ive witnessed in recent memory. At points in the movie, largely the whites like when the camera is panning through the mountains showing buddys long hike, flicker in a weird digital noise kind of way. It happens throughout the movie and is very noticeable. It isnt my equipment either because out of the 100 or so blu rays I own and watched on my stellar setup this is the only one that Ive seen do this. Flesh tones and colors are mostly well done but I cannot forgive the almost strobing effect that is clearly there. It seems like they just put the dvd in and doubled the resolution but forgot to go back and clean up the destruction that happens when you do this.
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got it from Amazon today. probably pop it in tonight to do a quick glance. is it heavy Java?
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I just rented this from Netflix. It's a typical New Line DNR botch job with Warner audio (albeit, Warner audio on the good side). They included 5.1 TrueHD, and there there are a few scenes it does benefit from. I know New Line does 7.1 DTS-MA, but i doubt that would have helped much.

It may have just been DNR applied to the faces, as everyone had a plastic look, typical of most other New Line titles. You can tell there was a good amount of detail to be seen , and at times it looked really good (minus the faces). I think it was the same or worse than Pan's Labyrinth.
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Predicatable. I wonder if the DNR is actually on the master or was it added just for us.
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Watched this last night. Did not think it looked that great on my 94" screen. Seemed more like upconverted DVD PQ than BR.

Sound was nothing special either, but as noted the mailroom scene with the rap music had some nice dynamics and LFE, and the finale scene had some decent bass.

This is one to buy if you enjoy the movie, but definately not one you would pop in to show off your A/V gear to anyone.
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Well, I think it looked better than an upconvert. When I wrote Pan's Labyrinth, I just meant the DNR. This movie looked nowhere as good as PL.

I agree with the sound, but I think the lossless helped in those mentioned scenes as well as a couple of others. I think it's hilarious that a title like this got lossless while other titles didn't (cough - Interview with the Vampire)
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Didn't anyone else notice that the focus was going out, and coming back in?...it was horrible!...Watching this movie gave me a headache and was driving me insane!...I have to get my money back on this butched flick...My SD version looks better upconverted...at least the focus stays focuse!
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Watched this last night. Did not think it looked that great on my 94" screen. Seemed more like upconverted DVD PQ than BR.

Sound was nothing special either, but as noted the mailroom scene with the rap music had some nice dynamics and LFE, and the finale scene had some decent bass.

This is one to buy if you enjoy the movie, but definately not one you would pop in to show off your A/V gear to anyone.

my wife said the same thing.....

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Another turd transfer from New Line.



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mine looks better than that on my Pioneer. maybe they have a turd TV. the picture you posted is the worst of the bunch, most of it looks passably better than upconverted DVD. I'm not saying it's the best ever but it looks decent.
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Wow, what smooth looking skin they have.
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