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The Constant Gardener Blu-ray impressions

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This afternoon, I finally got round to watching Kinowelt’s Region B German Blu-ray release of The Constant Gardener, a great adaptation of the John Le Carré thriller that I previously saw back in 2006 on DVD. The BD is, I suspect, a fairly accurate representation of the source materials, which don’t exhibit a massive amount of detail, although this does vary on a scene by scene basis. What also varies is the grain retention: some scenes exhibit a naturally grainy veneer, whereas others (such as Example 2) appear noticeably noise reduced (pay attention to Ralph Fiennes’ face). It’s unclear at what stage this was carried out, but given the inconsistency I have reason to assume that it was done selectively at the DI stage. Meanwhile, compression is adequate, although certain wide shots do exhibit a degree of blocking (as in Example 6). An acceptable if slightly problematic presentation overall. 7/10

The Constant Gardener
studio: ArtHaus/Kinowelt; country: Germany; region code: B; codec: AVC;
file size: 29.2 GB; average bit rate (including audio): 32.54 Mbit/sec

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Posted: Monday, February 16, 2009 at 6:12 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | Technology

 
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1.

I'm not surprised it has such a different look for some scenes when you consider the different cameras and no doubt film stock used.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387131/technical

Posted by: FoxyMulder, February 16, 2009 10:52 PM

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Captures 2, 5, 7,and 8 are pretty smoothed over.

Posted by: Kram Sacul, February 17, 2009 9:10 AM

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