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They had edge enhancement in the Dark Ages too…

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My copy of the Blu-ray release of King Arthur arrived today. Oh, what? It’s not that bad.

Unfortunately, like the film (which I find enjoyable enough to justify rebuying in high definition), the transfer is a bit of a mixed bag. Disney are pretty quickly establishing themselves as the most wildly inconsistent studio when it comes to HD image quality. King Arthur seems to vary on a shot by shot basis. Some shots are horrendously (and I mean horrendously) edge enhanced, whereas others look overly soft; others still show both detail and smoothness and look largely natural. However, there are some fairly obvious DVNR artefacts, particularly visible in the various sweeping vistas of the grey-green English countryside, where grass and other details smear as the camera pans. The usual facial suspects - beards, stubble and rough skin textures - are also affected. On the plus side, the AVC encoding is largely very good, with no obvious compression artefacts (although some minor blocking is occasionally visible when the image is paused).

Disney have also now decided to start throwing in their trademarked pre-movie advertisements, and there are some very nice-looking (and some not so nice-looking) trailers. The crispest, by far, is for everyone’s favourite homophobic racist director Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, while the clips of Chicago look just as harsh and edge enhanced as the final product, which I saw when Lyris bought it.

 
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 8:37 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | Technology

 
Comments

1.

"Oh, what? It's not that bad."

Oh it is, it is...

The film really baffles me, it seems so utterly pointless to say "here's the true story of King Arthur" when really it's totally invented. And since it has nothing to do with Arthurian legend either, they might as well have called it "King Albert" or "King Tarquin". I'm sure Clive Owen's charisma-free 20th-century-man-looking-uncomfortable-on-a-horse performance was the final nail in the coffin of his James Bond prospects.

Does the Blu-ray include the alternative ending, which would have been so much better than the one they actually went with?

Posted by: Philly Q, April 11, 2007 11:40 PM

2.

Yes, the Blu-ray release includes all the extras from the DVD release, although in standard definition only. And you’re right, Clive Owen is particularly bad in this film.

Posted by: Whiggles, April 12, 2007 6:28 AM

3.

Terrible, terrible film!

Posted by: ARCVILE, April 12, 2007 1:10 PM

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