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Posts Tagged ‘high definition

The Blu-ray Files #015

November 5, 2011

The Lion King (3D Diamond Edition) – After watching Wall*E on blu-ray, I was blown away by how great animation can look on blu-ray.  Well, now I have a chance to check out classic animation through Disney’s new release of The Lion King.  It really looks great, even though the art isn’t quite as detailed […]

The Blu-ray Files #014

October 17, 2011

The Adventures of Robin Hood – This is the oldest movie I’ve seen so far on blu-ray, but considering that, wow!  It looks awesome.  The picture is wonderfully clear and rich in detail.  And the colours! Oh, the colours!  If this is the same colour palate that audiences saw when this was released in 1938, […]

The Blu-ray Files #013

October 8, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – This movie was released on DVD and Bluray just before I bought my HDTV, so I actually bought the DVD version to fit the rest of my HP movie set.  But I realized that when Part 2 is released later this fall, I will want to […]

The Blu-ray Files #012

September 26, 2011

This is the second part of my two-part review of the Star Wars Blu-ray set.  In the first part I talked about the prequel trilogy and now I will be discussing the original trilogy. Alright, I’m going to start by discussing the bantha in the room: changes.  Of course, many fans are getting up in […]

The Blu-ray Files #010

August 23, 2011

Die Hard – Reviews for the Die Hard blu-ray had me not expecting much when I watched it, but when I did I thought it looked incredible.  Nothing outstanding like Braveheart of Apocalypse Now, but just consistently really good.  The high definition was very apparent and just made the film look beautiful in its own […]

The Blu-ray Files #009

August 17, 2011

The Godfather – I was very excited to watch this great classic in pristine blu-ray quality and to see it the best it could look.  I was… underwhelmed.  High definition didn’t seem to be all that high at times.  Usually the close-up shots were fine, but the wide shots didn’t have a lot of definition […]

The Blu-ray Files #008

August 12, 2011

Psycho – Psycho is the first blu-ray I watched which was filmed in black and white, and it was fantastic.  The shades of grey were brought out brilliantly and the images looked pristine and full-fleshed.  Just beautiful.  The sound, which is such an integral part of this Hitchcock classic, hit just the right frightening pitch […]

The Blu-ray Files #007

August 9, 2011

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – One of my favourite films of last decade looks great in high definition.  The colours are vivid, whether its the lush greens of the spectacular treetop fight, the orange earth tones of the desert flashback, or the excellent black levels of the night scenes.  One thing I did notice is […]

The Blu-ray Files #006

August 5, 2011

On this special edition of The Blu-ray Files I will be looking at the newly released Lord of the Rings Extended Edition trilogy box set.  I will be talking about each movie individually, but I do want to make a comment on the overall packaging itself.  This box set is simply outstanding.  The box is […]

The Blu-ray Files #005

July 29, 2011

Independence Day – ID4 was a film which reinvented the summer blockbuster and relied heavily on visual and sound effects.  Fifteen years later, do those visual and audio spectacles hold up on its blu-ray release? You betcha.  This is a beautiful transfer which looks and sounds almost as great as it did in the theaters […]

The Blu-ray Files #004

July 20, 2011

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition) – One of the great visual films of the 70s also looks great on blu-ray.  The colours are perfect and the wide shots look great.  There is a lot of film grain present however.  Now, I know that film grain is a touchy area for […]

The Blu-ray Files #003

July 13, 2011

Batman Begins (Steelbook) – The new HD quality of the long-desired “proper” Batman movie is good, but leaves a little something to be desired.  The images tend to seem soft, not quite as sharp as they could be.  Wide shots, like those of The Narrows and of the training mountain, look great though.  Skin tones […]

The Blu-ray Files #002

July 11, 2011

Alien – The new blu-ray release of Alien is simply fantastic.  The images are pristine and sharp and looks amazing for a film from the 70s.  The spaceships shots from outer space look fantastic and the interiors look just like they’re supposed to look.  An amazing release.   – Apocalypse Now – One of the […]

The Blu-ray Files #001

July 6, 2011

This is a new segment of my blog where I will be discussing the blu-ray quality and experiences of the movies in my HD collection.  I have finally entered the world of high definition and I must admit that as a movie fan I have been missing out.  This is where I will document my […]