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Satan created MPEG2

So far with my HD screen captures, I’ve been selecting the best-looking titles in order to give readers an idea of what HD DVD and Blu-ray are capable of. Today, I’m going to do something slightly different, and show some captures of a title with obvious flaws. The transfer of The Devil’s Rejects on Blu-ray is basically solid in every area except encoding: the movie was shot on 16mm film, and was then encoded on a single layer 25 GB Blu-ray disc using the aged MPEG2 codec. This results, unsurprisingly, in noticeable compression artefacts. Generally speaking, it looks reasonably pleasing on motion, but there are some rather nasty moments where the lack of available space, coupled with an inefficient codec and difficult material, causes a few hiccups (the second shot being the most extreme example).

The Devil’s Rejects
(Lions Gate, USA, MPEG2, 20.4 GB)

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Stay tuned later today for a comparison between the Blu-ray version and the earlier standard definition DVD release.

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2007 at 10:56 AM | Comments: 3
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Technology



This would be a very interesting comparison - my US R1 copy is one of the best imo in picture quality. Maybe it's easier to detect that it's a 16mm blowup from the HD version - because really are no distinguishing qualities between this SDDVD and any other filmed in 35mm

Posted by: aw, October 4, 2007 11:07 PM


Comparison will have to wait till tomorrow now, I’m afraid, as I’m too tired to get started on it tonight and am going to bed. I’ve flipped between the same frames in Photoshop, though, and the BD is definitely much better - a lot harsher and with more compression problems in places, but still a big step up. I just wish it had been AVC or VC-1.

Posted by: Whiggles, October 4, 2007 11:12 PM


There is no such thing as Satan... cause then there would be God.
And God wouldnt let someone like Rob Zombie making such crappy films.

Posted by: ARCVILE, October 7, 2007 6:47 PM

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