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I just picked up the film Renaissance, distributed by Alliance. Too me it looked pretty good, deep blacks and no aliasing to my eyes.
The Good: It's presented in it's correct aspect ration of 2.35:1
The Bad: No extras and the only menu available only allows for audio selection.
The Ugly: The english language dub track gets lossless while the original french is only lossy.
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I just picked up the film Renaissance, distributed by Alliance. Too me it looked pretty good, deep blacks and no aliasing to my eyes.
The Good: It's presented in it's correct aspect ration of 2.35:1
The Bad: No extras and the only menu available only allows for audio selection.
The Ugly: The english language dub track gets lossless while the original french is only lossy.

Is it 1080i or 1080p? Does it have English subtitles?

As far as the language track of this movie, an argument can be made that English is the original language. Although the film was produced in France, the motion capture actors were speaking English. The English audio (despite being different actors) syncs with the animation. The film was made with international distribution in mind.

It's similar to Resident Evil: Degneration in this respect. Degeneration was produced in Japan, but all the motion-capture actors were American, and English was the intended primary language.

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can someone in Quebec see if their Halo Legends has french packaging? i think there's a french track on the disc but in not-Quebec there's english only packaging. thanks.

No it doesn't have bilingual packaging, it's english only eventhough it does include a french track. I remembered about your post so I checked yesterday when I got 2012

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Is it 1080i or 1080p? Does it have English subtitles?

As far as the language track of this movie, an argument can be made that English is the original language. Although the film was produced in France, the motion capture actors were speaking English. The English audio (despite being different actors) syncs with the animation. The film was made with international distribution in mind.

It's similar to Resident Evil: Degneration in this respect. Degeneration was produced in Japan, but all the motion-capture actors were American, and English was the intended primary language.

The film is in 1080P and has no subtitles in any language. Here's the disc specs. I also retract my comment about aliasing as some is evident in the first screencap (next post).


DISC INFO:

Disc Title: RENAISSANCE
Disc Size: 12,561,874,660 bytes
Protection: AACS
BD-Java: Yes

PLAYLIST REPORT:

Name: 00000.mpls
Size: 12,452,272,128 bytes
Length: 1:45:32 (h:m:s)
Total Bitrate: 15.73 Mbps
Description:

FILES:

Name Size Length Time In Time Out
---- ---- ------ ------- --------
00006.M2TS 12,452,272,128 1:45:32.075 0:00:00.000 1:45:32.075

VIDEO:

Codec Bitrate Description
----- ------- -----------
MPEG-4 AVC Video 9589 kbps 1080p / 23.976fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1

AUDIO:

Codec Language Bitrate Description
----- -------- ------- -----------
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3809 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 3809kbps (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 1536kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz/ 640kbps
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The film is in 1080P and has no subtitles in any language.

Well, that stinks. I was curious to see the French version, but the lack of subtitles makes it a non-starter. I can stick with my German HD DVD for now.

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As far as the language track of this movie, an argument can be made that English is the original language. Although the film was produced in France, the motion capture actors were speaking English. The English audio (despite being different actors) syncs with the animation. The film was made with international distribution in mind.


was there two versions originally made? an english version and a french version?
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There are a bunch of the Alliance titles available on the cheap at walmart right now, at least up here in the arctic, so I'm guessing it must be through the country. I picked up Equilibrium and Ella Enchanted for $9.93 each.
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Many of the Alliance discs can be picked up for $8 at HMV now.

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That's great. I did see that they are cheapo at Amazon.ca now too. I think I was just happy to finally see a different batch of cheap discs at walmart instead of the usual (reservoir dogs, young guns, american psycho, SAW movies etc).

The last time I had checked on Amazon for either Equilibrium or Ella Enchanted they were still in the $17 range, so it was just a happy surprise to see them there this week.
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Thanks to back scans from Axel Music, we have some clarification on titles being released today (July 6th). Credit goes to steve_dave on Blu-Ray.com




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Thanks to back scans from Axel Music, we have some clarification on titles being released today (July 6th). Credit goes to steve_dave on Blu-Ray.com

Do these back covers say what movies they are? I don't see it (maybe I'm blind), I'm not up on pop culture enough to sus it out and I'm too lazy to do detective work on imdb. Can you give us the titles?
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The titles are visible on all of the above back cover scans.

As shown, they are: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS, I AM SAM and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING.

I just returned from the store with that last title in hand.
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The titles are visible on all of the above back cover scans.

As shown, they are: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS, I AM SAM and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING.

I just returned from the store with that last title in hand.

Thanks for the heads up and thanks for being kind. I see the titles now. "I was blind, but now I can see." - The Life of Brian
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Does anyone know if THE RED VIOLIN is 1080p? Also, how is the picture quality?

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Does anyone know if THE RED VIOLIN is 1080p? Also, how is the picture quality?

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I hadn't even realized a BD of this had come out. For this movie, the question of audio quality needs to be asked, too. And then there's also the question of subtitles, since the film has what, like 4 or 5 languages spoken in it. I need to go dig around for some reviews of this.
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Looks like we're going to get City of God from Alliance on July 20th.

http://www.hmv.ca/Products/Detail/577658.aspx

Been hoping we would get this one eventually. Will post a review if it actually shows up.
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Red Violin's transfer stinks. Wax job with little grain and a considerable amount of edge enhancement. Another catalog screw up of an excellent movie.

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I saw "The Mist/1408" double feature disc at HMV yesterday ($14.99).
Both are listed as 1080i and no special features.

The cover did not indicate if 1408 was the director's cut or not, and "The Mist" did not feature the B/W version.
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I saw "The Mist/1408" double feature disc at HMV yesterday ($14.99).
Both are listed as 1080i and no special features.

That's downright bizarre!

The INDIVIDUAL Alliance releases of The Mist and 1408 are identical to the U.S. releases (except for the package art on The Mist, I beleive). The Mist is the same two disc set loaded with features.

I can understand why Alliance would drop the extras for them in order to make a cheap double feature.

But, if they are really 1080i, that's a crazy thing to use a lesser transfer after releasing them properly in the first place.
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Specs here

Awful, just awful. The first Alliance DVD of this movie came out in Jan 1999 and the same transfer appears to have been used.

Apart from the mushiness and abysmal lack of detail, there are frame-blending artifacts between several adjacent frames almost every time the shot changes (see screenshot #2). Sometimes this even extends to blending the two frames at either side of a scene change. They must have created this "1080p" master out of a 1080i transfer and sporadically applied blend deinterlacing whenever their inverse telecine couldn't keep up.

DVD Beaver appears to reference this artifact in their review of the 2000 Universal DVD, and according to their screencaps, Lionsgate's 2008 DVD uses the same master with boosted brightness.

The English subtitles at least look nice and sharp, since they're plain digital soft-subs.



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So, not too long ago, Alliance released a version of Amelie on Blu-ray, replacing the 1080i release from TVA. Anyone know how this compares to the Australian release from Icon? Importing this from Canada would be significantly cheaper, and I could pick up an unmolested version of The Ghost Writer at the same time to defray shipping costs (even from Canada to Minnesota, the international shipping rates are obscene).
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I have the recent Alliance BD of Amelie. I don't have the Australian release....but I did see some screencaps one another site.

I thought some of the reactions to the screencaps was telling. Amelie has a very, very warm color tone. Most of the screencaps from the non-Alliance discs were so warm as to be almost yellow. The Alliance disc was slightly cooler. Having watched the Alliance disc...even before I saw the screencaps...I was struck by how warm the movie is.

Because the Alliance BD was cooler and slightly more natural, some people singled it out as "must be wrong" based on the theory of majority rule...if the other screen caps are yellow, them it must be yellow. Honestly, I couldn't tell you which is right or which is wrong. I will say that it is my opinion that, based on the screencaps, the Alliance disc showed more detail than the Australian release. Both seemed relatively free of any obvious processing. Framing seem to be identical.

The Alliance disc has burned-in subtitles. I'm not a fan of burned-in subtitles but, let's be honest, I'd be using the subtitles anyway so that's more a matter of personal nit-picking than of practical reality.

The Alliance discs has all the extras" Commentray with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Look of Amelie, Fantasies of Audrey Tautou, Q&A with the director and cast,Storyboards, Chat with the director, Making of, and Trailer and TV spots.

Interestingly, the packaging is entirely in English.
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The Alliance Amelie looks terrific. I don't pretend to remember exactly how it looked in the theatre, but nothing about the disc seemed "wrong" or "off" to me.

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Thankfully, I fall into the customer bracket that won't mind burned in English subtitles on a French language film. I'm generally opposed to burned in subs but in this case it's the only way I'd watch the film. I think I'll order the Alliance disc then.

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An oldie but a... okay, no, it's just an old release. 15.00Mbps AVC so you've got the typical compression issues. Detail is pretty good, but it's transferred from a film print and burned-in subtitles have a strange "warbling" effect.


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I guess I've posted this in the Se7en thread too, but noticed that the new digi-book version shows 5.1 audio on the back. The US release got 7.1 and was trying to figure out if Alliance changed the audio, or whether it's a misprint.
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? The answer was already given in that thread yesterday afternoon. It's a misprint.

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Thanks! Haven't been spending much time in the Software forum or checking emails as I've been trying to breathe life back into my projector... sigh.
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Definitely one of Alliance's better releases. At times the faces are a bit smooth, which I'm going to peg on the poor efficiency of their 20.00Mbps AVC encode.

I mostly agree with the reviews I've seen of this, though the HDD review by Nate Boss includes the odd line: "Most viewers won't notice a real difference here, as they'll just see the film filling their widescreen TVs and be satisfied, but there are a few instances in the film where this light opening up of the matte cuts off detail, even if it isn't truly crucial to the film."




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