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
Superman Doomsday [Blu-ray]
(Lauren Montgomery, Bruce W. Timm and Brandon Vietti, 2007)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Warner Animation
Video: Warner Home Video
Feature Runtime: 1:17:41
Feature film disc size: 10.1 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 25th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Commentary by Producer
Bruce Timm, Writer Duane Capizzi, Voice Director Andrea
Romano and Executive Producer Gregory Noveck
• Trailers - Batman Gotham Knight, Appleseed Ex Machina
Product Description: "There comes a time when even Gods must die." - Lex
Superman: Doomsday is the first in a proposed line of animated films to be released to DVD which borrows well-known storylines right from those of the comics, although generally abbreviated and modified such that they don't rely on heavy continuity to understand. This film is pretty much a very pared-down version of the lengthy saga that appeared in the comics, stripping away many characters, side plots, and all sense of depth that were explored on the printed page. Given that 77 minutes is almost a standard for a STV animated release, it's not like they could remotely come close to getting it all in and not be too convoluted to follow.
Excerpt from Vince Leo at Quipster's Movie Reviews located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Although this was released on DVD on September of 2007, and will be re-released on SD simultaneous to thisBlu-ray but I don't own either to compare. The thing about digital animation is that it is essentially flawless - it should have none of the common deficiencies that we can find when transferring live-action film to high-definition digital - things like edge-enhancement or noise removal manipulation. Haze and blurriness are intentional effects to create the perception of motion. Out-of-focus sequences are simply created to make the true focal object more primary to our vision. By rendering digital animation to Blu-ray we should be able to obtain the highest accuracy of the original, flawless intent. However, although this looks darn impressive I'll wager that the differences from the DVD image quality will not be as dramatic as we have seen from other bumps of SD to hi-def. While I can find no flaw with the image, excepting perhaps a few jaggies here and there, it does only take up 10 Gig of space on the single-layered Blu-ray. It still looks impressive - bright colors, commanding black levels and looks exactly as it was made to look. The style? Well, personally, I think extraneous characters, like Lois and Perry, look excellent but the Man of Steel and his battling enemy don't really do it for me. Hopefully, the screen captures below will give you an idea of what it will look like on your system. Despite its limited size I doubt anyone will be disappointed.
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November 19th, 2008