H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs 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
Romancing the Stone [Blu-ray]
(Robert Zemeckis, 1984)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: 20th Century Fox
Feature Runtime: 1:45:46
Feature film disc size: 31.7 Gig
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 14th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
• Rekindling the Romance: A Look Back (19:47)
• A Hidden Treasure: The Screenwriter
• Michael Douglas Remembers
• Douglas, Turner and DeVito: Favorite Scenes
• Deleted Scenes
Product Description: When her sister is kidnapped by thugs searching for a priceless jewel in the Colombian jungle, a romance novelist (Kathleen Turner) soon finds her own life filled with cliffhangers and danger. All alone, she sets out to rescue her sister and meets up with a handsome fortune seeker (Michael Douglas) who convinces her to beat the bandits to the treasure...
It may have an awkward title, but ROMANCING THE STONE is a silly, high-spirited chase picture that takes us, as they say, from the canyons of Manhattan to the steaming jungles of South America. The movie's about a New York woman who writes romantic thrillers in which the hungry lips of lovers devour each other as the sun sinks over the dead bodies of their enemies. Then she gets involved in a real-life thriller, which is filled with cliff-hanging predicaments just like the ones she writes about. The writer, played by Kathleen Turner, uses her novels as a form of escape. Throbbing loins may melt together on her pages, but not in her life. Then she gets a desperate message from her sister in South America: Unless she flies to Cartagena with a treasure map showing the location of a priceless green jewel, her sister will be killed.
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.
TheBlu-ray transfer looks better than I anticipated. Colors have some life and detail is a notch better than what you might expect from a 25-year old film. The image even shows some decent depth and contrast is strong with heavy black levels. Background noise exists but it is limited and we aren't offered have much grain. The image is fairly smooth and blemish-free. Technically it is dual-layered with the feature size being a healthy 31.7 Gig. I don't see evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. In fact I'd have to say the MPEG-4 AVC encoded image is fairly flawless. I have no strong complaints. I'll wager this is as good as Romancing the Stone will look for your home theater. The Blu-ray image gives us no reason whatsoever to complain. Hopefully, the screen captures below will give you an idea of what it will look like on your system. It's pretty impressive.
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October 11th, 2008