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recommendation: Tier 2.25*
The harrowing period piece, filmed in Australia, is presented at 1.37:1 with fine picture quality and outstanding production values. Some banding from Shout Factory's AVC encode, but otherwise passable on a technical level. The moody, dim opening act gets more color once the narrative shifts to the bush in Australia. Adequate definition and inconsistent clarity drop this into tier 2.0.
The House That Jack Built
recommendation: Tier 3.0*
Lars Von Trier's alienating film has serviceable but limited picture quality by today's better standards. On the soft side with somewhat questionable shadow delineation, the gritty cinematography looks rough at times. A better AVC encode this time by Shout Factory, which gives each cut of the film its own BD-50. I imagine this is a perfect reproduction of the source material, reflecting Lars Von Trier's intentions.
recommendation: Tier 1.5*
A reimagined update on the David Cronenberg horror movie, Rabid has pristine-looking HD video. Lacks some of the better depth and dimensionality of the best Tier One discs, but certainly matches those discs in clarity and detail.
recommendation: Tier 2.0*
An indie thriller with satisfactory, if pedestrian, video quality. Decent definition and clarity, but also missing the kind of pop and sizzle of better BD picture quality. Not connected in any way to the older Stallone flick.
recommendation: Tier 3.5*
Now over twenty years old as a movie, Shout Factory's presentation is largely pleasing without being an overwhelming improvement. The Gwyneth Paltrow romantic vehicle has solid grain reproduction from a 2K film transfer struck in Europe. The color grading could have actually been tweaked some more, colors are a tad flat and dull.