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
(Dave McKean, 2005)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Sony Pictures
Feature Runtime: 1:40:44
Feature film disc size: 28.8 Gig
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 18th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Director and Writer Audio
Product Description: The White Queen sleeps and will not wake. Black shadows have fallen across her kingdom. The balance between Dark and Light is broken and only the MIRRORMASK can restore it. So Helena, a stranger in a strange land, embarks on an epic quest to find the missing charm before darkness envelops the Dreamworld forever. Written by award-winning fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, MirrorMask is a phantasmagorical treat for the eyes and mind, a wondrous blend of live action and CG animation, where strange, magical creatures dwell in a fantasy world of unbridled imagination and scope, as told through the spectacular, cutting-edge visuals of designer/director Dave McKean...
If I offered the opinion that MirrorMask is an amalgamation of Alice in Wonderland, The NeverEnding Story, The Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth, M.C. Escher & Tim Burton, you'd probably be pretty intrigued...if not all that convinced of the film's unique vision and startling presentation. But despite clear "inspiration" from these and numerous other sources, MirrorMask still stands as a powerfully original composition. It's playful, dark and mysterious. It's got a few simple little morals, it's amazingly gorgeous to look at, and it's effortlessly enthralling for 90-some straight minutes. Much of the movie feels comfortably familiar...yet it's certainly unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Excerpt from Scoot Weinberg's review at eFilmCritic.com located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
I'd say thisBlu-ray transfer is fairly mediocre. There is so much style and technique in the film it's hard to rate it faithfully against other transfers - but the less-effects-driven scenes are moderately impressive with healthy detail and a bit of a muted palette. Some will love the unique look of the dream-sequences and the Blu-ray which, along with the audio, creates quite a substantial art-infused environment. I wasn't as keen on the film which had no strong appeal personally speaking. The image even shows some decent depth and contrast may be the weakest visual element. Background noise exists - more in monochromatic scenes. The image clean and smooth. Technically it is dual-layered with the feature size being a strong 28.8 Gig. I don't see evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. Complaints would be more accurately suited to the MirrorMask's style - I think the transfer is decent and relatively flawless.
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November 13th, 2008