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Discussion in 'High Definition' started by Crystal Plumage, Mar 1, 2008.
I would wait. BU's recent Blu-ray release quality has been spotty.
Those stills look pretty good for a low budget film that is 45 years old.
It's a nice release, too - a Mediabook. I think Blue Underground's recent stuff has been really good. The problems are with their budget releases, double and triple features and such. They don't seem to give those much thought. Stendhal Syndrome, Manhattan Baby, Raw Meat and Love Camp 7 all look great.
Robert Harris on The Stendhal Syndrome: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/co...ut-™-the-stendhal-syndrome-in-blu-ray.353367/
I genuinely do not see any flaws on these discs people complain about. Maybe it's because I don't know what they are or even what I'm supposed to look for. When I pop a disc in, I hit play and sit back. Does poor compression look like what they call moire patterns/blockiness? Sorry, I don't see this. Used to see this "blockiness" on some early DVDs but it's not an issue with Blu-ray. I'm almost afraid to ask because then I'll be looking for these issues going forward and the last thing I wanna do is become an armchair analyst. This isn't why I'm into this hobby.
There was a hilarious post from Bill Lustig in this thread. He viciously attacked "Vincent-P" in very personal terms while addressing some of his criticisms of the release. The mods deleted Bill's post very quickly, which is a shame since he provided some technical info about the new transfer.
Rock Shock Pop reviews The Stendhal Syndrome: http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/content.php?6919-Stendhal-Syndrome-TheBU
The exchange between Lustig and Vincent Pereira was copied over at Blu-Ray.com. Here's Lustig's comments:
As a defense Lustig uses his Suspiria remix that missed audio cues like a school bell characters react to on screen? (present on English VHS releases) You'd have to be death as well as blind to fuck up like that. So he still to this day denies it's anything less than perfect?
What a dolt. I've stopped buying Blue Underground releases because at best he's been mediocre on HD and more often than that worse. I'll just wait for someone else to get hold of the same master and do better by it ('cause he rarely does his own scans). These day it's been happening sooner and sooner.
Synapse being able to snatch Lustig's own Maniac Cop out from under him shows what the media business thinks of him.
Wow, it sounds like Blue Underground really needs to put some serious quality control back into their releases.
I'm just surprised after the Blood of Fu Manchu/Castle of Fu Manchu fiasco that The Stendhal Syndrome apparently has such a poor encode.
I'm not. Lustig has been pressing the same exact buttons and turning the same exact knobs as if he was still working on DVDs. As far as he's concerned it's still 2007.
Don't get me wrong, that got him better than average results on DVD, but on Blu-ray it comes up short even of transfers that do more with less from other studios.
Unless he pulls a 180 like Arrow did (remember those days?) I'm not giving him a dime.
Bill is fucking blind.
Just look what he did to the Blu-Ray of Maniac
He fucked it up so badly, that I sold the Blu-Ray, and bought the DVD again.
I doubt he even knows what compression artifacts is.
I saw screenshots from the new Stendhal disc, and the entire image was filled with artifacts...
Yikes! Shots 1 and 2 have that "Nolan's Dunkirk" hue!
Yeah, it looks like shit.
Or how about nr 3 and 11. He totally fucked up the black levels, crushing lots of shadow details.
I was going to get that someday. Think I'll pass for now
From BU's Facebook:
"We’ve received a few emails from customers noting a possible compression problem on THE STENDHAL SYNDROME Blu-ray. We are in the process of investigating this issue with the facility that authored the disc. We will post an update as soon as we have further information."
That's quite the 180º from "I have no idea what he is looking at. I have seen the blu-ray numerous times and have not seen any compression problems nor have any reviewers including Robert Harris."
Maybe it's time for Bill to make an apology to Vincent, and all the others he called idiots?
There have been a bunch of people asking about the missing dialogue, but those post have been deleted by BU...
Keep in mind, the only thing this "proves" is that a lot of people have e-mailed Blue Underground complaining, based on what others are saying about the disc. They're basing their opinions on what people like Vincent Pereira have said, and screenshots (which to me are not necessarily proof of an inferior transfer; you need to see the disc PLAYING to really make an accurate assessment) and not on viewing it themselves.
I'm with ElDomenech; people complain about compression, edge enhancement, and I never can tell.
No it's not proof of an inferior transfer (because the transfer itself seems to be great), but of a crappy encoding job.
Someone must have accidentally set the bit rate too low.
If those compression artifacts are visible in screenshots, and those have an huge amount in them, then it sure will be visible in motion, as flickering noise in the background.
It might not be as noticeable on a 32-40 inch screen, depending on the viewing distance.
But the bigger the screen, the more noticeable and distracting it will get.