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Monster Blu-ray impressions

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A deeply underwhelming looking disc, this. Okay, so the film was never intended to look like a million dollars, but even taking into account the deliberately gritty-looking visual style, this is still a pretty grotty-looking disc. There may at some point have been detail in the image, but a significant amount of it has been eroded away by grain reduction, which, coupled with some ropey encoding, results in an unnatural, digital-looking image. Artefacting is especially prevalent in the shadows, resulting in an image that is quite unpleasant to look at a lot of the time. Daylight scenes generally fare slightly better, but even these don’t appear too hot thanks to the lack of detail, which prevents all but the close-ups from looking impressive. Frankly, it has the look of one of those muddy HDTV broadcasts that you can’t stop yourself from involuntarily shuddering at when you see captures of them at the AV Science Forum. 5/10

Monster
studio: EMS; country: Germany; region code: ABC; codec: VC-1;
file size: 18.54GB; average bit rate (including audio): 24.32 Mbit/sec

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Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 at 9:39 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Technology

 
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I'm seeing soft dithery transfer done on ancient equipment rather than DNR. A lot of really old transfers (pre-2000) had the same look (Titanic, Mission Impossible, etc).

Posted by: Kram Sacul, February 4, 2009 12:45 AM

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I definitely think NR has been applied at some stage. When you view it in motion, you can see the grain freezing and even warping around the edges of objects.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, February 4, 2009 7:43 AM

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