H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def discs by Gary W. Tooze
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Sony BDP-S300 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player
Gary W. Tooze
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2-disc) [Blu-ray]
(Andrew Adamson, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Video: Walt Disney Video
Feature Runtime: 2:29:58
Feature film disc size: 31.5 Gig
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 2nd, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
•Audio Commentary: by director Andrew Adamson and actors Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell
• Circle Vision Interactive (BD Exclusive): Creating the Castle Raid
The Bloopers of
Product Description: One year after the incredible events of "The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe," the Kings and Queens of Narnia find themselves back
in that faraway wondrous realm, only to discover that more than 1300 years have
passed in Narnian time. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has
become extinct, Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and is now under the
control of the evil King Miraz, who rules the land without mercy.
With bigger battles and scarier monsters than its predecessor, the new movie flaunts grander visual effects, and, with one notable exception, a dash more individuality than the initial installment. Thanks are due to supporting appearances by a diminutive Narnian named Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage, whose eyes have to do all the work underneath those flowing whiskers and latex wrinkles) and a fearless feather-sporting mouse named Reepicheep (voiced by Eddie Izzard with flair, and without overacting).
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.
Aside from my only complaint of being a shade glossy at times - this is one of the best transfers I have yet seen on Blu-ray.One facet that I noted was the effects seem to be far more realistic looking than I have viewed in the past - even the talking animals are not fraught with fast-motion/fast-cuts to avoid the haziness of CGI. It's quite impressive and adds a touch of realism to the fantasy element of the story. Detail, colors and contrast are of reference quality. By the way, this makes a great film to demo with kids around - although there is some violence - nothing is overly graphic. The screen captures below come close to digital photography - colors are not overblown - depth exists and even the darker sequences are rendered beautifully with multi-layered contrast and rich black levels. As one might expect the image is magnificently clean and blemish free. Technically it is dual-layered with the feature size being a strong 31.5 Gig. There is no evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. Background noise is so fine it may as well be non-existent - in fact I'd have to say the encoded image is about as pristine as I have seen from a live-action film. Hopefully, the Blu-ray screen captures below will give you an idea of what it will look like on your system. It's a huge thumbs up from me.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
November 20th, 2008