New HD-DVD and Blu Ray Reviews

lfletcher

Well-known Member
A few new reviews at High-Def Digest.

Italian Job (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/italianjob2003.html

"this HD DVD release is good but not superior effort from Paramount. The transfer is quite nice, but combined with just a decent soundtrack and extras makes for just a decent disc -- no more, no less. "

Animal House (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/nationallampoonsanimalhouse.html

"Alas, this HD DVD doesn't really offer much over the previous DVD incarnations. The source material hasn't really been upgraded, and the extras are the same as before. However, since this is another HD DVD/DVD combo release from Universal, you get two formats for the price of one. So if you haven't picked up the movie already on disc, you really have nothing to lose."

SWAT (Blu Ray) http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/swat.html

"But as a Blu-ray release, this one is no great shakes. The transfer is indeed mighty fine, sure, and the soundtrack even better, but extras are slim and the disc is quite pricey considering what you get. Chalk this up as another early Blu-ray title that is not yet indicative of what the format is truly capable of."


Looks like Universial hasnt done as good a job as Warners did with Blazing Saddles, which is a shame. Also thought the SWAT review was interesting, praised the picture quality and sound, but then indicates its another mediocre disc. Not quite sure how that works.
 

richard plumb

Well-known Member
lfletcher said:
A few new reviews at High-Def Digest.
SWAT (Blu Ray) http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/swat.html

"But as a Blu-ray release, this one is no great shakes. The transfer is indeed mighty fine, sure, and the soundtrack even better, but extras are slim and the disc is quite pricey considering what you get. Chalk this up as another early Blu-ray title that is not yet indicative of what the format is truly capable of."

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what do they want, blood?!

They say themselves in the review that its a fine looking disc, but then knock it on the extras? Surely in these early days of HD, its the movie that counts?

As for comments about noise in dark areas - well I see plenty of that at the cinema. I wonder if its digital cameras being used in filming? Certainly more noticable (and annoying) on some recent films than it used to be.
 

lfletcher

Well-known Member
Aeon Flux (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/aeonflux.html

"Better yet, Paramount has delivered what is likely their best transfer yet on HD DVD (the soundtrack and extras ain't too shabby, either). If you are at all a fan of the film, it is certainly hard to imagine getting better quality for your money than this."
 

cj

Active Member
I know the film's supposed to be complete poo, but I've not seen it yet. Have ordered the disk though as it's supposed to look pretty good. I'm sure it can't be as bad a film as Ultraviolet though can it????
 

rover2002

Novice Member
cj said:
I know the film's supposed to be complete poo, but I've not seen it yet. Have ordered the disk though as it's supposed to look pretty good. I'm sure it can't be as bad a film as Ultraviolet though can it????
Aeon Flux is getting good reviews on the HD-PQ, but having watched this in SD i struggled to sit through it.
Will.
 

lfletcher

Well-known Member
And another,

Memento (Blu Ray) http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/memento.html

"Sony has put together a fairly good Blu-ray release on paper; with an initially good-looking transfer, a solid soundtrack and a couple of extras. Alas, upon closer examination the transfer suffers from an unacceptable level of compression artifacts. I also wish Sony didn't need to sacrifice extras for bit space, because I don't think Blu-ray is going to succeed unless it offers at least as comprehensive a supplemental package as standard DVD. All in all, 'Memento' is tough to recommend given these negatives."
 

rover2002

Novice Member
Memento is a great story, as for Ray i'v not seen that yet.
 

lfletcher

Well-known Member
Tears Of The Sun (BD) http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/tearsofthesun.html

"I can honestly say this is the first transfer I've seen on the format that has totally and unequivocally blew me away. Maybe it is just because my expectations were unfairly lowered these past weeks, but I really thought this is among the best high-def I've yet seen, and frame-per-frame, it is certainly an equal with anything I've yet reviewed on HD DVD"

Interesting review. Who would have believed that a release from Sony using MPEG2 would get such a positive review :devil:
 

snappyq

Active Member
rover2002 said:
Aeon Flux is getting good reviews on the HD-PQ, but having watched this in SD i struggled to sit through it.
Will.
same here i got through about 25 mins and that was enough for me, if the film is pants it doesn't matter how good the picture/sound quality is its going off full stop
 

rover2002

Novice Member
lfletcher said:
Tears Of The Sun (BD) [B]http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/tearsofthesun.html[/B]

"I can honestly say this is the first transfer I've seen on the format that has totally and unequivocally blew me away. Maybe it is just because my expectations were unfairly lowered these past weeks, but I really thought this is among the best high-def I've yet seen, and frame-per-frame, it is certainly an equal with anything I've yet reviewed on HD DVD"

Interesting review. Who would have believed that a release from Sony using MPEG2 would get such a positive review :devil:
From the same review:
Of course, I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't find something to nitpick about. Oddly, the film's non-jungle scenes (of which there are very few) suffered from some artificial color-tweaking, as if looking through a multi-colored filter (the sky's look oddly purple, fleshtones far too orange, etc.) I am sure it is an aesthetic choice on behalf of the filmmakers, but I'm just not a fan of this kind of stuff.
I have the SD-DVD directors cut and don't see what he is seeing.It would be intresting to know if its the film makers or compressionist that chose to do this.
Good to see them releasing better Q stuff though. . . . . no wait its not, i'm a HD-DVD fanboy !:)
 

supermackem

Active Member
Looks like there starting to get hold of these new formats now.
 

kourosh

Distinguished Member
Red Dragon (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/reddragon.html

" As an HD DVD release, it is aces, with a great transfer and soundtrack, and packed with probably the most extras I've yet seen on HD DVD. If you are at all interested in owning 'Red Dragon' on disc, then this is definitely the version to get."

this is out tommorow as is Troy:thumbsup: has any1 seen a review for troy:confused:
 

lfletcher

Well-known Member
House Of Wax (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/houseofwax2005.html

"As for this HD DVD it is a solid release, with a good transfer of problematic material, a nice soundtrack and the same extras as the standard DVD release."

Troy (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/troy.html

"However, it is pretty to look at, and the battle scenes are impressively over-the-top. This HD DVD edition comes highly anticipated, with a new Dolby TrueHD soundtrack and the exclusive In-Movie Experience supplement. Unfortunately, the transfer has some problems with overly-contrasted exteriors and inconsistent sharpness, but the TrueHD track rocks and I'm a big fan of IME bonus content."
 

lfletcher

Well-known Member
Lots more reviews from highdefdigest,

Troy (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/troy.html

"This HD DVD edition comes highly anticipated, with a new Dolby TrueHD soundtrack and the exclusive In-Movie Experience supplement. Unfortunately, the transfer has some problems with overly-contrasted exteriors and inconsistent sharpness, but the TrueHD track rocks and I'm a big fan of IME bonus content."

Seabiscuit (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/seabiscuit.html

" Equally as hypnotic is this HD DVD, which is another standout from Universal. A terrific HD transfer, excellent soundtrack and supplement package worthy of the Kentucky Derby make this one a no-brainer, even if you already own the standard-def release."

Traffic (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/traffic.html

"'Traffic' is such a fine film that it is worth recommending despite the average nature of this HD DVD release. Admittedly, the film's visual style and subdued sound design doesn't make for an overwhelming high-def experience, and the extras here are meager to put it nicely."

Lethal Weapon 2 (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/lethalweapon2.html

"'Lethal Weapon 2' is more or less on par with Warner's HD DVD release of the original film. Good transfer and soundtrack, plus slim extras make for a straightforward package, so unless Warner is planning some major re-issue or box set in the future, you probably shouldn't expect much better than this."

Space Cowboys (HD-DVD) http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/spacecowboys.html

"Warner has produced another fine HD DVD release for 'Space Cowboys' with a strong transfer and soundtrack, though the extras are perfunctory."
 

Ian_S

Distinguished Member
First HD animation from Disney?

Click here.

Also possibly the first film on any format with a 24 bit 48KHz soundtrack? Would like to see that start a real trend, even for lossy codecs.
 

Avi

Distinguished Member
First HD animation from Disney?

Click here.

Also possibly the first film on any format with a 24 bit 48KHz soundtrack? Would like to see that start a real trend, even for lossy codecs.
I'd have been very surprised if it looked bad. Animation looks stunning on DVD with most low def displays.

AVI
 

Dutch

Well-known Member
From the "Dinosaur" review:

Because of current storage restrictions on these first-generation Blu-Ray discs, Buena Vista Home Entertainment has not been able to include the bonus materials that were originally found on the DVD Collector's Edition. With dual-layer Blu-Ray discs becoming available in a few weeks, this will change, of course, and future releases will no longer be held back by storage limitations.
http://www.dvdreview.com/reviews/pages/2428.shtml

Maybe if they had chosen to go with a lossless DTHD or DTS-HD MA soundtrack and used VC1 or AVC instead of bit-hungry MPEG2 and a PCM soundtrack, there would have been plenty of room on a single layer disc. :rolleyes:

Steve
 

richard plumb

Well-known Member
From the "Dinosaur" review:



http://www.dvdreview.com/reviews/pages/2428.shtml

Maybe if they had chosen to go with a lossless DTHD or DTS-HD MA soundtrack and used VC1 or AVC instead of bit-hungry MPEG2 and a PCM soundtrack, there would have been plenty of room on a single layer disc. :rolleyes:

Steve
Maybe we don't mind not having some superfluous extras on initial discs and are just happy to have a great picture and great sound?
 

Angry the Clown

Novice Member
Also possibly the first film on any format with a 24 bit 48KHz soundtrack? Would like to see that start a real trend, even for lossy codecs.
It is indeed the first, so very good news. The bad news is that the rest of Disney's LPCM tracks on other titles are 16bit, so we might not see a consistent level of 24bit lossless tracks until the Fox BD releases appear (and I'm fairly convinced now that we wont see anything beyond 16bit lossless on HD DVD for a good while, though would love to be proven wrong).
 

FOXCLOSE

Novice Member
Blu-Ray's going from strength to strength.

If BD camp keeps this up: I might have to import a player rather than just sticking to my original plan of waiting initially for Region B! :eek:
 

FOXCLOSE

Novice Member
The Corpse Bride (Blu-ray)

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/corpsebride.html

" I was pleasantly surprised that I felt no such disappointment. 'The Corpse Bride' is a charming, emotional and memorable film that is well worth seeing regardless of age. This Blu-ray release is also a real winner, with a terrific transfer and soundtrack plus tons of extras. A total no-brainer, there is little reason to not pick this one up, even if you already own the film on standard-def DVD."

:smashin:
 

Kilian

Novice Member
While it's encouraging to see more releases coming out, I'm a bit wary of buying old material re-released/transferred to new formats.
 

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