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Aboard the HMS Whimsy, we often use the phrase “the Warner look”. Basically, what this means is an HD transfer that has a smooth appearance, but which has clearly had the top “layer” of fine detail removed through high frequency filtering. Such discs generally look pretty good, and tend to get high marks from most reviewers, but are not representative of the level of detail that high definition is truly capable of. The Brave One is one of the better Warner titles, lacking the unsightly ringing of the likes of V for Vendetta, but obviously coming up short if you compare it with the likes of Across the Universe from Sony.

The Brave One
(Warner, USA, VC-1, 19.6 GB)

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 at 6:03 PM | Comments: 5
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Technology



I can understand the point of filtering to remove detail on DVD, where you are trying to reduce the size of the video files, but what purpose would it serve on HD, where you should have plenty of room most of the time?

Posted by: Bleddyn Williams, March 10, 2008 7:46 PM


I’m led to believe that Warner are big on the whole “optimisation” game, getting file sizes down as low as possible, regardless of how much space they have at their disposal. That said, The Brave One’s 20 GB is actually pretty average as far as VC-1 encodes of two hours films go, so the file size is not, I suspect, the reason for the filtering. I have a feeling that it’s something that is part of the production pipeline and is just left on regardless of any other factors.

Posted by: Whiggles, March 10, 2008 8:30 PM


That close-up of Foster with the gun out of focus looks bizarre. The gun is just a weird, almost solarized-looking blotting.

Aside from the shallow depth of field exacerbating the issue, I wonder if this is down more to filtering and compression for BD, or fallout from the digital intermediate?


Posted by: Jeffrey Allen Rydell, March 11, 2008 1:45 AM


Dyke Wish... Terrible movie. Foster playing the victim again. Yawn!

Posted by: rebel_scum, March 11, 2008 4:52 PM



Posted by: Whiggles, March 11, 2008 4:55 PM

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