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Australia BD impressions

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My review of Baz Luhrmann’s Australia will be going live at 6 PM tonight, so I won’t repeat myself here by going into depth about what I thought of the film. Therefore, I’ll just provide you with the short version: I thought it was great.

As far as this BD is concerned, the film looks very good from start to finish, although it doesn’t look quite as crisp as some titles I could mention. While far from unpleasant to look at, a very slight hint of softness lingers throughout, although I’ve no idea whether or not this was digitally induced. There is certainly nothing processed-looking about the image, barring a couple of shots that appear to have been artificially sharpened (for instance, shots of Nullah climbing on the water cooler at 00:04:25 and again at 00:30:12 appear to have been manipulated in this way and as a result suffer from some pronounced ringing), and the grain is nicely rendered throughout. In addition, despite the lengthy running time and fairly average bit rate, compression artefacts are never an issue. It may not reach the dizzy heights of the absolute best the Blu-ray format has to offer, but the image is very nice indeed and is unlikely to cause any significant complaints. 9.5/10

Australia
studio: 20th Century Fox; country: UK; region code: B; codec: AVC;
file size: 33 GB; average bit rate (including audio): 28.57 Mbit/sec

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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 4:13 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Reviews | Technology

 
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What's with the color noise in capture 13?

Posted by: Kram Sacul, May 11, 2009 4:18 AM

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To be honest, I’m not 100% sure, which is sort of why I posted that image - to see if anyone else could suggest what might be going on. It’s an effect that I’ve seen a few times, almost always when you get a rich colour in low lighting conditions. Natural grain or some sort of digital interference? I must confess I’ve no idea.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, May 11, 2009 11:05 AM

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Maybe it's the result of pushing the film so much in post production. The blues are really cranked up in that shot.

Posted by: Kram Sacul, May 11, 2009 4:20 PM

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