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Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you


I was going to post about this yesterday, but it sort of got overshadowed by the massive news regarding Paramount and Dreamworks (which I’m still trying to properly digest). Anyway, my copy of the Blu-ray release of Arlington Road arrived yesterday from DVD Pacific, and it serves as something of a reminder that Universal isn’t the only studio putting out underwhelming-looking catalogue titles in high definition. Arlington Road feels like it should have come out a year ago, when Sony were being justifiably harangued for the shoddy treatment of their Blu-ray releases: it’s MPEG2-encoded and comes on a single-layer BD25. It also appears to have been sourced from a dupe print, and, when taking all these factors together, it’s unsurprising that it doesn’t “pop”. There doesn’t appear to be any artificial enhancement, but it looks rather flat and diffuse, and the inefficient codec combined with the lack of available disc space creates some rather unsightly artefacts in the grain-filled low light scenes (and, in this film, there are a lot of those). It’s not really a bad disc per se, just not a particularly great one - a mid-range 7/10.

Oh, and Christ, is that cover artwork bad or what?

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 10:44 AM
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema

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