The Rocker 16:9 (1:85:1) AR 2008 AC-3
Ok I realise that this might not be an obvious choice to nominate to Tier 0, but I was so impressed by it even after scrutinizing this film from a 4 foot viewing distance on an 92" screen from my 1080p projector. All I can say is that at its best, it surpasses Transporter 3, I, Robot and Man on Fire for its vividness and that 'looking through a window' type achievement. It isn't all perfect, however, and thus it probably shouldn't be placed above these mentioned titles, but a bit below. I could live with Tier 1.0 but why not go out on a limb.
A very very fine film grain can be discerned in certain underlit scenes, but for the most part it is difficult to make-out any grain. I don't attribute this to NR but more likely that it was captured using digital camera equipment. It looked similar to "Youth Without Youth" in this regard so for those who prefer a film-like 35mm presentation it isn't found here.
The more impressive scenes had some bokeh with closeups of the actor and a more blurred background, making the actor pop-off the screen. There were many wide and medium shots that had an incredible depth of field where all objects were in perfect focus as well. The best of the best facial closeups here cannot compete, however, with something like 'Transporter 3' but they are not lacking either. Fine details can be seen such as pores and individual hairs. Skin tones look natural, blacks are pretty good and the darker indoor concert scenes while not invoking the 'wow' factor that the more well-lit or outdoor scenes have, are noise-free and still sharp and detailed. Indoor scenes, for instance the dinner table scene near the beginning, show-off how incredible looking this movie is with great detail in small objects and all actors popping right off the screen.
I personally think that part of what makes animated movies have an easier time being nominated for Tier 0 is their artifact-free digital to digital conversion that translates to a 'perfect' transfer from original source to the bluray medium. The fact that I think this movie is shot with digital cameras makes this film similar in this regard. I could literally stand right up to my screen on some of the scenes and see extreme fine detail without the usual haze of film stock grain. This just gave it a clean, wow-factor pop that I have to say deserves a Tier 0 spot probably somewhere in the middle right below 'Youth Without Youth'. I doubt there will be the requisite 5 or 6 Tier 0 nominations to achieve this but that is where I think this film belongs.
Anyone on netflix or zip will probably have no problem whatsoever renting this as its far from a popular release, for whatever reason. If you do decide to give it a rent, don't be too concerned in the first 10 - 15 minutes of ridiculous 'comedy' that feels a bit out of place. The movie does improve later on. It's not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, however.
I nominate to the middle of Tier 0. I have no problem demoing this one to show what is possible with bluray.
PS3 to HC5500 1080p PJ
92" screen 4-7' distance (I sat up really really close for this one for some parts)
Sidenote: I am more partial to the look of HD digital camera vs film