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Eternal Sunshine of the Noise Reduced Mind

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In all the fun, excitement and frustration of my new computer arriving, I forgot to mention that the HD DVD release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind also showed up on the same day (Wednesday). While I was waiting for Guild Wars to install and then download a multitude of updates this morning (my new video card arrived - more on that in my next post), I decided to give it a spin and see how it fared in high definition.

“Underwhelming” is the word of the day, I’m afraid. Naturally, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was never going to wow anyone with whiz-bang 3D effects and crystal clarity - it is, after all, understated in its appearance, comprised of desaturated colours and largely hand-held photography. Still, that doesn’t excuse the transfer from looking as digital as it does. Edge enhancement is blatant, and temporal noise reduction artefacts are visible in the form of frozen grain patterns and smearing textures during movement. Detail is about average, but it’s unclear how much of this is due to the transfer and how much is simply down to how the film has always looked. Either way, the majority of my complaints are the result of digital tampering, and as such, Universal deserve to have their knuckles rapped. Actually, it looks very similar to Fantastic Four on Blu-ray, only without the MPEG2-induced compression artefacts. A 6/10 at most.

 
Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2007 at 11:59 AM
Categories: Cinema | Games | HD DVD | Technology

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