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The Official Blu-Ray Thread


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My latest discussion with P5 in this thread encouraged me to track down the GoldenEye steelbook. Thanks to a seller on Amazon.ca, I got it sealed for $40 even - no tax or shipping costs. Much better price than I've seen it in the past.

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That's a fair price.


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My latest discussion with P5 in this thread encouraged me to track down the GoldenEye steelbook. Thanks to a seller on Amazon.ca, I got it sealed for $40 even - no tax or shipping costs. Much better price than I've seen it in the past.

What's the Goldeneye steelbook? Don't think I've ever seen that one.

 

I wish they'd do a steelbook for Casino Royale with the first teaser poster of Craig at the card table.


 

 


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My latest discussion with P5 in this thread encouraged me to track down the GoldenEye steelbook. Thanks to a seller on Amazon.ca, I got it sealed for $40 even - no tax or shipping costs. Much better price than I've seen it in the past.

What's the Goldeneye steelbook? Don't think I've ever seen that one.
 
I wish they'd do a steelbook for Casino Royale with the first teaser poster of Craig at the card table.

I'm on mobile or I'd post the link. It was a fan voted thing around the time of the Bond 50 release but at the time it was a Play.com exclusive and only shipped to UK addresses. Enter the ridiculous eBay prices so I stopped looking for a while. It's the original poster and region free. Looks to be mighty sweet!

Also yes to a Casino Royale steel. I'm glad the collector's edition used the excellent teaser poster but a steel of it would make me drool.
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Today I picked up the Austin Powers Trilogy, Cabin In The Woods (On sale for $4.99 at Best Buy right now if you still need it!), and The Wolf Of Wall Street.

 

I also picked up the new-ish release of Equilibrium, but I can't decide if I'll keep it or return it. Apparently it's the same disappointing transfer as when it first came out on BD in 2011. Apparently the Japanese version is far superior, but it also goes for around $70. The version I picked up today was $4.99. Thoughts?


 

 


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As much as I care about quality, a transfer isn't worth an extra $65. I'd just stick with the copy you got unless it's unbelievably awful, but for $5 it can't be that bad...

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Well, I got really looking and it appears I can get the Japanese version on the amazon.jp marketplace for somewhere around $43, before shipping. Considerably better than the $70 estimate being thrown around on the Blu-Ray.com forums. For starters, the US BD has the wrong aspect ratio (1.78:1 as opposed to the original 2.39:1) and only DTS-HD 2.0 for the audio track; the Japanese release has both the original aspect ratio and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 - so that's already two huge strikes against the US release before even getting into the quality of the transfer. Here's the video/audio reviews from the original BD release (the exact same transfer on this new release):

 

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Equilibrium's 1080p, 1.78:1-framed transfer is one of those that looks good at-a-glance, but a more critical analysis reveals plenty of problems. First and foremost, the image is presented in an "HDTV full frame" 1.78:1 aspect ratio rather than its wider 2.35:1-or-thereabouts theatrical presentation. While the film is said to have been shot in Super35, the blow-up from its theatrical exhibition aspect ratio, presumably for the sake of eliminating "black bars" from the equation, is unacceptable, even if there's little information actually lost along the way. That said, Equilibrium doesn't look bad in places. Fine detail can be quite good; skin textures are often quite revealing, while clothing and even close-ups of firearms reveal crisp, accurate details. Colors are limited to cold, steely, lifeless shades for the most part; Equilibrium is by design cold and gray, but what few splashes of color exist beyond white and gray and black appear neutral and accurate. Black levels are decent, never looking washed out and exhibiting only slight, if any, crush. Flesh tones are often a bit pale, which seems in-line with the film's intended look. So far, so good, but Equilibrium features an over-sharpened appearance and is absolutely slathered in edge enhancement, some of the heaviest that one is ever likely to see on a Blu-ray disc. Additionally, it appears that at least some noise reduction has been applied, but only sporadically so; grain is present in some scenes, wiped away in others. Banding and blocking are of only minor concern. Remove the excess edge enhancement and display the film in its proper aspect ratio and this would be a quality transfer, but alas, it just wasn't meant to be this go-round.

 

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Unfortunately, Equilibrium hasn't received the sonic treatment the film not only deserves, but demands. The included DTS-HD MA 2.0 lossless soundtrack just doesn't cut it. Though it tries and struggles and does all it can, the sonic presentation is decidedly lacking. The front-heavy feel does a disservice to the film's many action scenes, where it sounds like half the soundstage has simply been chopped off. Action effects are cramped, and with the back channels effectively dead, the confined sensation puts forth a sour note. Where there should be fuller, more lively action elements, there's nothing. Sure, gunfire zips across the front half of the soundstage with a good deal of energy and even creates a few front-end directional effects, but that it just seems to stop dead in its tracks is jarring to say the least. This track does squeeze out a decent low end, but clarity is a real problem area in most every area save dialogue. Dialogue occasionally seems to bleed over to the side for no apparent reason, but such instances are the exception rather than the rule, the spoken word generally firmly entrenched in the center speaker and playing with suitable stability and clarity. Of all of the recent wave of 2.0 rather than 5.1 soundtracks, this might be the most adversely-effected film. A lossy 5.1 mix would have been preferable to a two-channel lossless offering in this instance, never mind a full-fledged 5.1 lossless soundtrack.

 

I'd love to splurge and get the Japanese release, especially with how disappointing this US release sounds, but it is still quite a bit of money for a movie like this  :shrugs:


 

 


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Here's what Christian Bale says about paying extra for a better transfer:

 

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Well when you add in the aspect ratio issue and the better audio, then in that case, go for the other release. :lol:
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Canadian version has 2.35:1 AR and DTS-HD audio, if I'm not mistaken.  That's the version I own.


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Canadian version has 2.35:1 AR and DTS-HD audio, if I'm not mistaken.  That's the version I own.

This edition?

 

http://www.blu-ray.c...m-Blu-ray/6590/

 

There's also another edition listed with the same artwork but I'm skeptical of since very few of the specs are listed for that one. There's also a steelbook listed that's 1.78:1, so that's out. How is the transfer on the one you've got? If it's decent, I'll probably just opt for that instead of the pricier Japanese edition.

 

EDIT: So, according to the Blu-Ray.com forums, that Canadian release I linked to does indeed have DTS-HD audio, but still only the 1.78:1 AR. Damn. Maybe I'll just go with that. I've been meaning to order the [REC]/[REC] 2 boxset from amazon.ca anyways.


 

 


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Sat on ordering a copy of Interstellar digibook and now it's gone up in price. Ugh.

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Sat on ordering a copy of Interstellar digibook and now it's gone up in price. Ugh.


Price went back to what it was originally so I ordered my copy. Won't get it for like a month, but glad I ordered it :)

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EDIT: So, according to the Blu-Ray.com forums, that Canadian release I linked to does indeed have DTS-HD audio, but still only the 1.78:1 AR. Damn. Maybe I'll just go with that. I've been meaning to order the [REC]/[REC] 2 boxset from amazon.ca anyways.


Equilibrium

US (Original release) - Cropped from 2.39:1 to 1.78:1, DTS-HD MA 2.0, one extra (Region free)
US (Re-release with Renaissance) - 2.39:1, DD 5.1, no extras (Region A locked)
US (Re-release in Miramax 6 Pack) - AVC 2.35:1 14496 kbps, DTS-HD MA 5.1 4061 kbps 24-bit, no extras (Region free) Best AQ
UK - VC-1 cropped from 2.39:1 to 1.78:1, DD 5.1 (Region free)
CA - VC-1 Open matte to 1.78:1 with cropped SFX, DTS-HD MA 5.1 (Region A locked)
DE - AVC 2.35:1 19154 kbps, DTS-HD HR 5.1 2046 kbps 24-bit (Region B locked)
IT - AVC 2.35:1 18994 kbps, DTS-HD MA 5.1 4006 kbps 24-bit, extras (Region B/C locked) 
NL - VC-1 2.35:1 20995 kbps, DTS-HD MA 2286 kbps 16-bit, significant compression artifacts (Region free)
JP - AVC 2.35:1 32921 kbps, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 1685 kbps 16-bit, all extras (Region free) Best PQ

I have bookmarked this thread, it is really helpful: http://forum.blu-ray...ad.php?t=179724


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Cool - haven't seen that thread before.

 

 





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