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post #25651 of 25662 Old 05-14-2019, 01:22 PM
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Just had my JVC X790 calibrated by Chad B. Wow. Not sure if I'm going to have more time to chime in here, but now I really feel like I have a reference display. Highly recommend calibration and Chad B's work.

JVC X790 is one of the BEST ways to view movies. Congrats on the calibration
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Yes, that JVC projector was given an excellent rating by Sound & Vision back in December of 2017. Here's their review:

https://www.soundandvision.com/conte...ojector-review
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What Men Want

recommendation: Tier 1.25*

Paramount's new comedy has excellent picture quality. The glossy, high-impact digital cinematography has few visible flaws, and embraces straightforward color grading with deep color saturation and strong black levels. A technically perfect presentation on Blu-ray that indicates source material good enough for UHD, which Paramount didn't bother releasing.


There are some that would likely place this BD in Tier 0.

Blaze (2018)

recommendation: Tier 2.0*

The musical biopic from Ethan Hawke has razor-sharp definition and consistently deep clarity. Black levels are disappointing, often muddy and dull, lacking the inky depths of better-looking discs. My chief complaint is the zealous digital grading applied scene from scene, as the narrative jumps around between different periods. While the moody lighting certainly helps set the tone and atmosphere for each setting, each color push is drastic. There is only so much sickly green-yellow tint I can take.
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Aquaman UHD

Stunning use of color and HDR. There was a good variety of dark scenes that showcased HDR's contrast abilities with dark grays standing out against inky blacks. Also, although the color palette was predominantly blue (because, you know, it's Aquaman), they did a good job of having lush greens, reds, primarily for the scenes on land, but also for the ones underwater.

If I had to nitpick, I'd say that there wasn't as much fine detail as I would have liked. There were only a handful of closeups of any of the characters, and they weren't as detailed as I would have hoped for. (One exception is the closeups of Manta. For some reason those were more detailed than those of Arthur/Aquaman and Mera.)

The other minor gripe is in the prologue when they showed Aquaman's parents meeting and falling in love. They did that thing where they used CGI to replace older actors' faces with their younger selves, rather than hiring younger actors. For some reason, Nicole Kidman looked like young Nicole Kidman, but the father (played by Temuera Morrison) had that uncanny valley look. I don't know what he looked like when he was younger, but probably not that.

Recommendation: Tier 0 (Top 33%)
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Unbroken (Regular 1080p BR)

This is a beautiful looking disc.

Contrast is often perfect amidst a very clean and grain free picture; there are many moments which appear dimensional due to excellent, deep reaching clarity. I loved the slightly subdued colours and the general cinematic feel of the picture.

Really pleased to give it
....Tier 0 (bottom half)

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Unbroken (Regular 1080p BR)

This is a beautiful looking disc.

Contrast is often perfect amidst a very clean and grain free picture; there are many moments which appear dimensional due to excellent, deep reaching clarity. I loved the slightly subdued colours and the general cinematic feel of the picture.

Really pleased to give it
....Tier 0 (bottom half)

Hi by the way!
Russ

First of all, WELCOME BACK Russ! I was pleasantly surprised to see your review this morning and hope it's just the beginning of regular contributions.

I actually have this movie on my "demo shelf" and thought the PQ was amazing except for some softness and a drab color palette in the "lost at sea" and "POW camp" scenes (which made up a large percentage of the movie). I gave it a 1.5 because of those negatives. If not for those it would easily have been a Tier 0 placement for me.

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^^^^^^^^^^

Thanks Phantom for the "Double Feature" review! You once said to me when I gave a review of TWO MOVIES that it was a rare treat. To your credit you have done this many times over the years.

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Unbroken (Regular 1080p BR)

This is a beautiful looking disc.

Contrast is often perfect amidst a very clean and grain free picture; there are many moments which appear dimensional due to excellent, deep reaching clarity. I loved the slightly subdued colours and the general cinematic feel of the picture.

Really pleased to give it
....Tier 0 (bottom half)

Hi by the way!
Russ

First of all, WELCOME BACK Russ! I was pleasantly surprised to see your review this morning and hope it's just the beginning of regular contributions.

I actually have this movie on my "demo shelf" and thought the PQ was amazing except for some softness and a drab color palette in the "lost at sea" and "POW camp" scenes (which made up a large percentage of the movie). I gave it a 1.5 because of those negatives. If not for those it would easily have been a Tier 0 placement for me.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/150-b...l#post33175657
Hello Denny!

I knew you’d be the first to reply and am glad you did. First things first, apologies for my absence - life has been busy and I haven’t watched any Blu Rays for a long time although oddly I’ve still continued to buy them. Currently I have been signed off work with some physical ailments which have made me feel a bit down. So what better cure than to start working my way through some movies...

Thanks for linking me to your review and I appreciate your scoring logic behind this one - interesting was your comment about reaching for the ‘pause button’ as I often use this temptation to help gauge my thoughts - I recently watched the first instalment of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and was expecting many ‘Pause Button’ moments however Unbroken ace’d in this respect - I’ll write a review of Beasts shorty but in essence I was slightly underwhelmed, likely due to the dark and dim mood of the film (not a fault, just the way it is).

I did read a few pages back about your TV situation - how’s that all going now? I’ve yet to make the leap to UHD but expect this will happen next year...hopefully! Love to you and yours
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Hello Denny!

I knew you’d be the first to reply and am glad you did. First things first, apologies for my absence - life has been busy and I haven’t watched any Blu Rays for a long time although oddly I’ve still continued to buy them. Currently I have been signed off work with some physical ailments which have made me feel a bit down. So what better cure than to start working my way through some movies...

Thanks for linking me to your review and I appreciate your scoring logic behind this one - interesting was your comment about reaching for the ‘pause button’ as I often use this temptation to help gauge my thoughts - I recently watched the first instalment of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and was expecting many ‘Pause Button’ moments however Unbroken ace’d in this respect - I’ll write a review of Beasts shorty but in essence I was slightly underwhelmed, likely due to the dark and dim mood of the film (not a fault, just the way it is).

I did read a few pages back about your TV situation - how’s that all going now? I’ve yet to make the leap to UHD but expect this will happen next year...hopefully! Love to you and yours
Russ
Hi Russ,

I hope others don't mind this quick exchange between us since we've been AVS "friends" and regular contributors on this thread for a long time.

I was sorry to read of your physical afflictions and hope you are "on the mend." Yes, watching movies IS a good pass-time when we are laid aside and thus "your pain is our gain." I have always appreciated your honest reviews; you "tell it like you see it" and that is the way it should be. Again, I truly hope you can get back on track with reviews and I look forward to your review of Fantastic Beasts. For the record, I was underwhelmed by it too for the same reasons you gave.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/150-b...l#post52868049

Regarding my tv, I was past my warranty period on my Sony 940D so I had to trash it. I did contact an authorized repair shop near here and they said it wouldn't be worth repairing. So, I decided to take the plunge and get the 77" OLED I had wanted in the first place (back in 2016...when the OLED price was out of reach for me). I couldn't be happier with this decision for in my "dark room" it is the PERFECT DISPLAY for movie-watching.

Again, I am thrilled that you're back Russ.

-Denny

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Denny,

Thanks for the kind words, I am on the mend. It’s great to see you’ve been holding it down here with regular reviews which (along with the other contributors) continue to be a good barometer of all things HD/UHD. I don’t even think UHD had landed prior to my last review. Glad the TV situation is resolved, I can’t imagine how epic a 77” display must look!

Back to the reviews...

Murder on the Orient Express - (Regular BR 1080p)

Things started off well PQ wise with some fantastic clarity in the opening scenes and aboard the initial part of the train journey. Notable highlights: any close ups of Judi Dench which revealed excellent facial detail, a beautiful, crisp colour scheme which really captured the feel of the train carriages - I loved the glow of the Art Deco lights against the wood panels. Whilst they did look a bit CGI’ish, I did also enjoy the swooping panoramic shots of the train in motion, especially the night ones which had good shadow detail. Another high point was fabric textures - the outfits of Penelope Cruz and Daisy Ridley being the best examples.

Sadly however the PQ took a nose dive towards the end of the movie and my potential upper Tier 1 ranking became questionable with, to coin the phrase, ‘softness creeping in’ in quite a few shots. It’s a shame, but owing to this, my final placement is...

Tier 1.75

Edit - Denny I just found your review of the above movie with a .75 ranking. I must admit I did debate either 1.5 or 1.75 but plumped for the latter in the end - for me it definitely fell apart around the big reveal!

Hopefully I’ll be reviewing IT, Deadpool, Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle and The Commuter in the next few days!
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^^^^^^^^

Thanks for your excellent review Russ. Though we disagree on the placement we are actually (for the most part) on the same page when it comes to evaluating the "positives" in this film. Again, I have always admired you "calling it like you see it" in spite of others ranking it differently. Keep those reviews coming!

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I will be getting my Pre-Ordered copy of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (UHD) this week. I am excited to get this for I've always been a fan of the first two in the series. I watched both of them the other day to "refresh my memory" and with so many dark scenes in them they looked even better on an OLED. Our resident "AVS Reviewer" Ralph Potts has given the last in the trilogy an almost perfect score for the UHD.

I hope to view it very soon after receiving it so I'll chime in with a review. In the trailer it looks like it will have much more for COLORS than in the first two so perhaps it will be a real contender for a spot in the Top Ten.

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