The best and worst of Blu-Ray quality

Discussion in 'High Definition' started by bigdaddyhorse, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

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    So I finally broke down and got myself a cheap BR player. I haven't started buying discs yet, esp. since not many at the library have BR, so there's lots of good titles on the racks and short wait-lists for those not there.

    My first one watched was the new Friday the 13th and I was pretty blown away. Everything was so clear, almost too clear.
    Then I watched Predator, Saw 5, 28 Days Later (my lone owned so far) and Resident Evil. They all looked good, but not jaw-dropping.

    Last night we watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean flick and holy fucking shit. I recall a buddy telling me how hese looked damn near 3-D, and see what he was saying. Felt like I could at any time walk into my 65" set, grab a sword, and start swashbuckling!
    Then we checked out The Prestige, also amazingly clear and sharp.

    So what are others opinions and facts of what you've watched?
    What are the best, reference-quality discs you've seen?
    What is a waste of the format?
    Any where a dvd version is actually better (besides for extras or a better cut of the film)?
     
  2. Marv Inc.

    Marv Inc. Active Member

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    Baraka the best looking Blu Ray ever so far everyone should have it in there collection.
     
  3. indiephantom

    indiephantom Horny Spirit

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    Hey Bigdaddy, glad to see you on board.

    I agree that Baraka looks amazing.

    I'll just mention some of the best
    For catalog titles,
    Dirty Harry Collection (especially love how the first two films look)
    Friday the 13th- 1 to 3
    Nightmare on Elm St. (Canadian)

    Newer stuff:
    No Country For Old Men
    Casino Royale
    I, Robot
    Shoot 'Em Up
     
  4. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    I think Dr. No looks fan-fucking-tastic. I don't know if I've ever seen a film that old look so good.
     
  5. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    bigdaddyhorse, you can't expect a film like 28 Days Later, filmed on poor resolution video, to look good on BR. Add to that that most horror movies today tend to have this "gritty / dark / docu-feel" look because, well, I am not really sure. Maybe because it adds to the atmosphere? There are the notable excpetions of course (The Descent being the most jarring one - you gotta see this on BR). So keep in mind that everything you see, most times is in accordance to the original material.

    My favorites:
    Baraka
    Dirty Harry
    Salo (BFI) - it looks just great - made the shit scene all the more disturbing
    Sweeny Todd
     
  6. Angelman

    Angelman OCD Blu Ray Collector

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    Dark Knight. The Imax scenes are breath-taking.
     
  7. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

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    I thought about this after buying it, but it was cheap, I had a $5 rewardzone cert. and only a dub of the real dvd, so I got it. Trying not to re-buy everything, just the important ones, starting with ones I don't have and massive upgrades (gotta find The Thing since I only have old dvd) first.
    Descent will be in my collection soon, just gotta find a nice price on it.

    Got Dirty Harry from library yesterday. I haven't seen this film in about 15 years and never WS so I'm looking forward to it, esp. after seeing the BR trailer on another disc.
     
  8. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter on Blu looks phenomenal for being shot on regular 16mm on a Bolex. I find it hilarious how every review I've read for it has given it 1 or 1.5 stars out of 5 on video quality, when it can't look any better except if you projected the film print itself. How can you rate something so low when it's the best it'll look for the source format? Honestly, for a 16mm film, it looks exactly how it should look and that deserves a 5 out of 5 for video quality from me. If any of you have the DVD version, you know the quality is shit and compressed a ton (Lee Demarbre even said the DVD transfer only cost $300 because that's all the money they had left after completing the film). They were actually offered and did a hi-def remaster for the Blu, and it's well worth the upgrade if you have not picked it up!
     
  9. f.ramses

    f.ramses sociopath

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    The Shining is probably the most incredible looking BD I've watched so far! I can't even count the number of times I thought to myself something along the lines of "Wow, this really looks great!" while watching it and it's not like I was watching it to rate the quality or anything. The same day I watched Terminator III and I found myself questioning how much better most of it looked than the upconverted DVD I watched a while ago but it really didn't look bad or anything. I think I said this somewhere else but I also agree about Salo, especially considering the fact that the last time I watched it I was watching a grainy VHS dub! Watching older movies on BD seems more satisfying than watching newer ones so far but I don't have any real complaints with anything I've seen so far.
     
  10. grodd

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    Ones to stay away from are
    Evil Dead 2 (Heavy DNR) The DVD looks better in many places
    Escape from NY (HD Broadcast version looks better)
    The Fog (HD Broadcast version looks better)
    The Terminator (Not much better than the DVD)

    Ones to enjoy are
    Halloween (Even with the "incorrect" color timing)
    Friday the 13th part 2 (Best looking of the 3 so far)
    Jason vs Freddy (Looks amazing, ultra clear)
    Hot Fuzz (One of the best looking discs ever)
    Shawn of the Dead
    Dawn of the Dead (Both versions)
     
  11. dickieduvet

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    Big Trouble In Little China is a must, As are,

    Dawn Of The Dead
    Day Of The Dead
    Land Of The Dead
    The Thing
    Carrie
    The Amityville Horror
    Lost Boys
    The Omega Man
    Planet Of The Apes Collection

    Just a few of the top of my head, So many out there that look amazing :)
     
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    One disc that kind of annoyed me was the Swedish release of Inside, the only BD release of this movie that I know of. I have my player set to HDMI Auto-Select for resolution however if you put this disc in to play it then you have to manually set it to 1080i in order for it to play back properly (disc is actually 1080i, or so I've read) because on HDMI Auto-Select when you play it you get tearing and stuttering! :/ I haven't actually watched this one, just sampled it, because since finding out how to play it I haven't had the desire to see this movie again. I was really looking forward to seeing this one in HD too but at least I have it for when I do get the urge to watch it again...
     
  13. crikan

    crikan Well-Known Member

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    The most amazing disc I've seen is the Blade Runner 5-Disc Collector's Edition. Blade Runner is now one the most stunning visual materpeices of all-time.

    Other great discs are:
    Crank (Extremely Crisp)
    Dr. No
    Casino Royale
    Live Free Die Hard
     
  14. Grim

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    28 Days Later looks like shit, but it has always looked like shit from day one. I figure the blu-ray is probably about as nice as it'll get. The last ten minutes looks really good, though, since that was done with film and not cruddy DV. The Road Warrior, Blade Runner, 2001, and The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly are absolutely stunning to look at considering their age. If you are fans of those films, I highly recommend getting them. The Fifth Element and the Kill Bill movies (especially Vol. 1) are just a joy to look at, but that's basically a given.
     
  15. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    Some of the best Blu-ray transfers I've seen are these, or at least significant upgrades from the DVD versions:

    3:10 to Yuma
    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
    Apocalypto
    Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
    Beowulf
    The Boys from Brazil
    Bridge to Terabithia
    The Descent
    Fargo
    From Hell
    The Legend of Zorro
    The Longest Day
    Poltergeist
    The Road Warrior
    The Ruins
    Run Lola Run
    S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (like it or hate it, it has a crystal transfer)
    Sophie Scholl
    Sunshine
    Trading Places
    X-Men Trilogy
    Zodiac

    As for truly terrible Blu-rays, I'm glad I cancelled this one which I had pre-ordered:
    The Beast
     
  16. SaviniFan

    SaviniFan I Have A Fetish

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    I really love the Sinbad films and was looking forward to this blu-ray, but it really didn't seem to be that much of an upgrade from the standard DVD. I'm sure it won't get any better, but I was expecting a bit more out of the picture quality.
     
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    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    Granted, it's a 50+ year old film. However, the color grading on the old DVD's transfer always made me cringe. The colors on the Blu-ray release (and the newer DVD) looked far more natural to me. There's some comparisons over at DVD Beaver. The 1.66:1 framing is also improved.
     
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  18. Cujo108

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    Sunshine was the film that really got me on the Blu-ray bandwagon. Seeing it in DLP while it was in theaters, I knew I had to own it in best possible quality. Cloverfield also looks stunning. When I watched the DVD (before the film hit Blu-ray), I was distressed by how the awesome visual of the stealth bombing the creature looked way darker than what I'd seen theatrically. Thankfully, the Blu-ray rectified that problem. Doomsday, The Ruins, A Scanner Darkly and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead are a few others that stand out in my mind as being superior examples of BR product.

    As far as catalogue titles go, Assault on Precinct 13 is the one that has impressed me the most so far. I was actually quite surprised by how terrific it looks. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre does as well, and they fixed the sound effects from the DVD to boot.
     
  19. Grim

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    Really? I thought Terminator looked great and ED 2, even with DNR, surpassed the DVD.
     
  20. Harry Warden

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    This is the title I would have picked as well. The Shining was the first Blu-Ray I bought and it has never looked so good. It was like watching the film fo the first time. The detail, sound, depth and color is damn near flawless. I also would recommend American Psycho. Looks amazing on Blu-Ray.
     

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