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What edge enhancement is and why not to use it

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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.

Crank
(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

 
Comments

1.

Thanks.

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

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

2.

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

3.

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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