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#2161 GizmoGC

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 05:25 PM

Understood. I guess we'll have to wait out the reviews from the usual sources.


Both are expected in a few days to reviewers.

#2162 weevles

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 01:18 AM

Ah, rec'd my UK copy of Monsters Inc. I will try to pop it in tonight for a look-see.

Speaking of Pixar films, Disney is double-dipping Cars this November. They are adding DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and a couple of toys, but that's it.

Edit: whoa, I absolutely loved the movie, but what the heck about this package is worth $140, let alone $200??

http://www.amazon.co...2/ref=pd_cp_d_3

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#2163 weevles

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 05:54 AM

Oh wow, I popped in Monsters, Inc. and it is simply stunning. Could I have waited a couple more months? Probably. But I don't regret picking it up now (or double dipping off my DVD copy for that matter) at all. This is the kind of disc you show off the A/V set up to your friends--highly recommended whether you import or get the US release.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:13 AM

Ah, rec'd my UK copy of Monsters Inc. I will try to pop it in tonight for a look-see.

Speaking of Pixar films, Disney is double-dipping Cars this November. They are adding DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and a couple of toys, but that's it.

Edit: whoa, I absolutely loved the movie, but what the heck about this package is worth $140, let alone $200??

http://www.amazon.co...2/ref=pd_cp_d_3


How about this:
http://www.amazon.co...51267120&sr=1-3
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:31 AM

Well, that's pretty annoying about the excess of EE for Gladiator. :bomb: Guess I'll wait for it to go on sale for cheaper due to that.

Gizmo, besides the ugly presence of EE, how is the rest of the PQ?


http://www.avsforum....d.php?t=1173155


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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:50 PM

Can anyone guess which one is the Blu-ray?
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 03:30 PM

the one on the right?

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 03:39 PM

http://www.avsforum....d.php?t=1173155

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 03:57 PM

i guess i just suck at eyeballing those comparison pics.. i dont see huge differences

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 04:07 PM

Conflicted on Gladiator. Why would such a highly anticipated release have such a bad transfer? You'd think that they would want to take their time with this one.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 04:10 PM

i guess i just suck at eyeballing those comparison pics.. i dont see huge differences


You don't see the fireball missing in the middle of the frame? Perhaps you should stick to SelectaVision... 8-)

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 04:19 PM

I see the fireball in the middle but the one on the right just seems so much crisper. Look at the bottom corner with the flame or just the arrows scattered about.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 04:22 PM

You're missing the fact that the Blu-ray REMOVED that fireball and various arrows. Elements are actually missing from the film.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 04:33 PM

Luckily, I never have had a desire to watch Gladiator again.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 04:35 PM

You don't see the fireball missing in the middle of the frame? Perhaps you should stick to SelectaVision... 8-)



That i did catch. i was referring to the AVS link with the hd comparisons.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 04:39 PM

That i did catch. i was referring to the AVS link with the hd comparisons.


Some pretty major EE is going on is various screencaps. This should hit reviewers hands today or tomorrow...unless Paramount decides to hold it back (Star Trek).

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:36 PM

That i did catch. i was referring to the AVS link with the hd comparisons.


It depends on what you're looking at.

If it's the first post, that's the point. The HDTV versions look a bit better than the Blu-Ray.

Scroll down and look at the post that compares the normal film to the extended edition scenes. If you can't see the difference in those, there is no helping you.


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Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:37 PM

So for Gladiator, are we to assume these screen caps are from the final, finished cut for release? And is it safe to assume whoever was responsible for the transfer used some kind of automated software DNR? Seems like they just ran it through some algorhythms without even checking it. I mean, how else can you explain the completely missing images from some of those captures?

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:37 PM

I canceled my pre-order for Gladiator...I'll pick it up when it's $15 or less...or I might bite on the UK SteelBook :-k

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:47 PM

So for Gladiator, are we to assume these screen caps are from the final, finished cut for release? And is it safe to assume whoever was responsible for the transfer used some kind of automated software DNR? Seems like they just ran it through some algorhythms without even checking it. I mean, how else can you explain the completely missing images from some of those captures?


Yes. And from what I've been reading, they used an old master that already had DNR and EE, and then using some sort of scratch repair process which then took out the arrows and all that good stuff.


#2181 weevles

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:16 PM

Ugh. Well, I'm not double-dipping Gladiator then. If I want to play spot the differences, I'll just get a sub to Highlights for Children. :p

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:33 PM

Yes. And from what I've been reading, they used an old master that already had DNR and EE, and then using some sort of scratch repair process which then took out the arrows and all that good stuff.

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#2183 seanr1221

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:40 PM

Looks like Gladiator is a rent for me.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 11:13 PM

I canceled my pre-order for Gladiator...I'll pick it up when it's $15 or less...or I might bite on the UK SteelBook :-k


The UK release will be identical - Universal handled the encode.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 11:14 PM

Don't expect any reviews either - they have not even been received by the people who send them out to reviewers. The earliest, possibly, would be Friday, but maybe not till Monday. Anyone remember how the Star Trek set went? Haha

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 11:20 PM

The UK release will be identical - Universal handled the encode.


Oh yeah, I figured that much. I know it's still an upgrade of the DVD minus certain objects :bomb: but if I'm going to buy it at launch I'm saying I'd rather get the SteelBook or wait till it's under $15.

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#2187 weevles

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:51 AM

Don't expect any reviews either - they have not even been received by the people who send them out to reviewers. The earliest, possibly, would be Friday, but maybe not till Monday. Anyone remember how the Star Trek set went? Haha



Conspiracy? lol. I guess no matter what, Universal/Paramount are too far gone to do anything about this release. If all the pre-launch hoopla is true, then it really doesn't speak well for this "Sapphire Series" label they are trying to market.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:56 AM

The fight between AVS and Blu-ray.com is far more interesting then Gladiator getting DNR/EE'ed. I've never laughed so hard regarding "no, they are wrong" before.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 01:09 AM

Conspiracy? lol. I guess no matter what, Universal/Paramount are too far gone to do anything about this release. If all the pre-launch hoopla is true, then it really doesn't speak well for this "Sapphire Series" label they are trying to market.

What is really sad is this image

That really looks like some automated software removing what it mistakenly perceives to be scratches but not where they overlap a still object.


If so, Sapphire Series label = GARBAGE.

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#2190 weevles

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 01:31 AM

Hehe, the bickering is rather humorous indeed. As is that image of the spears...er, well, what's left of the spears anyway. >_<