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
(Peter Berg, 2008)
Review by Enrique Michaels
Feature Runtime: 94 min.
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 25th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
EXTRAS: On-Set Video Diary (BD Picture-in-Picture Exclusive) / Superhumans: Making Hancock (12:52) / Seeing the Future (16:00)/ Building a Better Hero (8:17)/ Bumps and Bruises (10:30)/ Suiting Up (8:30) / Home Life (10:50)/ Mere Mortals: Behind the Scenes with Dirty Pete (4:00).
Product Description: Academy Award nominee Will Smith (Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006) stars in this action-packed comedy as Hancock, a sarcastic, hard-living and misunderstood superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public. When Hancock grudgingly agrees to an extreme makeover from idealistic publicist Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, Juno), his life and reputation rise from the ashes and all seems right again--until he meets a woman (2003 Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Best Actress, Monster) with similar powers to his and the key to his secret past...
I have been waiting for this for years: a superhero movie where the actions of the superheroes have consequences in the real world. They always leave a wake of crashed cars, bursting fire hydrants, exploding gas stations and toppling bridges behind them and never go back to clean up. But John Hancock, the hero of “Hancock,” doesn’t get away with anything. One heroic stunt ran up a cost price tag of $7 million, he’s got hundreds of lawsuits pending, and when he saves a stranded whale by throwing it back into the sea, you can bet he gets billed for the yacht it lands on.
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.
I found theBlu-ray transfer produced an image that is darker than others that I have seen. Detail was not of demonstration quality standard but I believe it to be indicative of what the film really looks like. Contrast is fair, colors are a little flat, although probably true to the source, and if I had to state a Blu-ray that it reminded me of it might be excellent Transformers, with the same nicely blended-down contrast 'look' - just certainly not as pristine as that reference disc. As you may expect it is immaculately clean. There is more background noise than I tend to like (surprising for a dual-layered modern film on Blu), but it won't bother most people's viewing although I did find it noticeable. Overall, although far from perfect, I'd say I give a thumb pointing up for the image.
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November 9th, 2008