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What edge enhancement is and why not to use it


They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, which is why I’m going to keep this post brief. The screen captures below are taken from Lions Gate’s Blu-ray release of Crank, a disc that has been praised by many reviewers but gives me a headache every time I look at it for more than a few minutes. Why? Because it is riddled with edge enhancement, and I suspect that seeing this sort of ringing at a resolution of 1920x1080 will give you some idea of why I am so against this practice.

The weirdest part is that this video vandalism appears to have been intentional, added during the film’s post production phase, presumably as a means of adding “intensity” to the scenes that have been affected. A number of shots and even some entire sequences are unmolested, a good example of which can be found in the sixth screen capture below. In this scene, a split-screen effect has been employed, with the shot of Jason Statham manipulated to buggery but the shot of Amy Smart seemingly unmolested. It really beggars belief.

(Lions Gate, USA, MPEG-2, 19.8 GB)

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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 3:24 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Technology




Any plans to check out the longer German (HD DVD... or Blu-ray) disc?


Posted by: Anon, January 14, 2008 7:56 AM


No, I suspect I won’t be bothering. I wasn’t impressed enough by the film itself to justify paying a premium for another copy.

Posted by: Whiggles, January 14, 2008 10:10 AM


wow, that is really bad. I was about to pick this one up too. It reaches a point where it doesn't look like film anymore, more like video - and the fine details are all but (I don't know how to describe it, ruined?)

Posted by: aw, January 14, 2008 11:25 AM

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