B L U - N O T E
A view on the Blu-ray format by Enrique Michaels
I've been a loyal DVDBeaver patron for many years and am proud to now contribute in this manner as I am passionate about film quality in my home theatre. For my screenshots, I grab directly from the Blu-ray while playing it, with a software like VLC (I am actually using another software, more advanced for AVC playing), like a screenshot. The originals are all saved as PNGs then converted as per Gary's methodology to 90% jpegs (totally suitable for his bandwidth and download-ability for surfers.) The only thing I do to them is change the color profile to sRGB so it doesn't become messed-up for web viewing. The colorimetry is the same, whether the Blu-ray is 4:2:0 or 4:2:2. The problem will happen if the Blu-ray is 4:4:4 and requires a beyond TrueColor or x.v.YCC compatible monitor (I don't know any to date that is 4:4:4, but it may happen in future). In this case some dithering will be applied to the screenshot since only a full 48-bit system (monitor and graphic card) can process a beyond True Color (24-bit) depth correctly.
English is not my first language so please excuse any spelling or grammar errors that I will, frequently, make. I trust Gary to do editing where necessary.
Malata PDVD-N996 with incremental zoom
Paradigm Signature ADP1 speakers
Enrique T. Michaels
(Joby Harold, 2007)
Review by Enrique Michaels
Video: Weinstein (Genius)
Feature Runtime: 84 min.
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 18th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1
Extras: Audio Commentary / Deleted Scenes/ Under the Knife & Behind the Camera: The Making of Awake /Storyboard to film comparison / Theatrical trailer
Product Description: Sexy and suspenseful, Awake turns the disturbingly real phenomenon of "anesthetic awareness" -- in which surgery patients, though completely paralyzed, are conscious of everything they are experiencing, including the pain -- into a "completely absorbing" thriller (Roger Ebert). When failed anesthesia leaves a rich young tycoon (Hayden Christensen, Star Wars) alert but immobilized during open-heart surgery, he overhears a devious plot to have himself killed. Co-starring Jessica Alba (Sin City) and Academy Award-nominee Terrence Howard (Crash), Awake does "for operations what Jaws did for the beach" (Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter)...
Do not believe anything you hear about “Awake,” do not talk to anyone about it, and above all do not even glance at the poster or ads, which criminally reveal a crucial plot twist. This movie, which was withheld from critics, and has scored a pitiful 13 percent on the Tomatometer from those few who were able to see it, is a surprisingly effective thriller. I went to a regular theater to see it Friday afternoon, knowing nothing about it except that the buzz was lethal, and sat there completely absorbed.
Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Although thisBlu-ray transfer is not pristine, I found it had some appealing qualities and probably represented the film very well. Awake has frequently low-lit scenes but this didn't affect the detail which had some strong moments in close-ups. In the background we can see what appears to be a virtual 'sea' of noise - but I, instead, think this is a combination of both grain and noise. I wasn't offended by this look - for most of the time it felt very film-like to me. Contrast is good, but colors don't ever seem particularly vibrant. If I was reminded of another Blu-ray appearance it might be 3:10 to Yuma although an entirely different film - low-lit scenes seemed rendered in the same manner. Although the image is, expectantly, very clean - it had a gritty edge to it - most likely intentional to the cinematographic intent. This is certainly not a smooth, shiny image but not all film to 1080P have to look that way. This seemed to probably accurately represent the way this film looks - even with the uncomfortable background noise.
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November 10th, 2008