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Snow, sand, softness and sharpness

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The look of this BD is best described as “inconsistent”. Some shots look extremely good and indeed rank up there with the best of high definition, but on other occasions things tend to look a bit soft and filtered. This is particularly evident during the earlier scenes which take place against the snowy backdrop of 12th century France. In some instances (such as Example 2), I wonder if the image was pre-filtered to prevent the dense snow from choking the life out of the MPEG-2 encoder. Having said that, this is certainly one of the best MPEG-2 encodes I’ve seen, perhaps beaten only by Sony’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut
(20th Century Fox, USA, MPEG-2)

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Posted: Monday, June 02, 2008 at 6:51 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Technology

 
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It does generally look fantastic and i have no problems with the image....I'm sure in a few years time if they re-encode using AVC it'll look slightly better but for now it generally looks very film like and i'm glad i own it.

Sound quality is fab too.

Posted by: FoxyMulder, September 5, 2008 4:42 PM

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Yes, it is indeed a very nice-looking disc for the most part, particularly once the opening scenes in France are over and the encoder is no longer choking on snowflakes. Too bad they ditched all the extras from the excellent 4-disc DVD release, though.

Posted by: Whiggles, September 5, 2008 5:06 PM

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