The AVC-MPEG transfer is every bit as flawless as the original picture and there is no sign of cross talk or other 3D nasties like solarisation or poor contrast. It is possible to discern where the various shots were filmed, as there are subtle differences in the treatment and photography styles between the scenes filmed in Canada, Taiwan and India. DoP Claudio Miranda totally understands what good 3D needs, in terms of depth of field and background composition, and combining this with the superb CGI leads to a realistic and engaging picture. At times, it really does feel like you are looking through a window into another world – surely the holy grail of 3D. The attention to detail shown in the CGI is simply overwhelming, with whole teams tasked with animating just one animal. Imagine being the guy responsible for animating Richard Parker’s testicles! Occasionally the animals come across as a little unreal – Zebras jumping from ships into life rafts etc. but this is within the context of the story.
My only minor reservations therefore revolve around the sinking of the ship in the storm, where the full action and terror is a little too muted for my taste, leaving to a slightly unreal atmosphere. Overall, it is hard to fault this movie in terms of picture quality, but it really does need 3D viewing to come to life.
A truly epic movie, set to become a classic and in 3D, reference quality material. The for the most part gentle story may not be to everyone’s taste, but it remains a thought provoking and spiritually deep movie, with some light comedy thrown in along the way. Technically a tour-de-force, with stunning picture and audio quality, looking particularly strong in 3D, but no slouch in 2D either. Anybody who thought 3D was dead needs to postpone judgment until they have had a chance to watch this movie. Highly recommended.
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