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 Returns [Blu-ray]
(Bryan Singer, 2006)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 2:34:19
Feature film disc size: 20.14 Gig
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 28th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: VC-1
Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns ( 7 -parts
3 hours total - SD)
Product Description: He's back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too soon, because during the five years (much longer in movie-fan years!) Superman sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet. Nations moved on without him. Lois Lane now has a son, a fiancÚ and a Pulitzer for "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." And Lex Luthor has a plan that will destroy millions - no, billions - of lives. Filmmaker Bryan Singer (X-Men) gives the world the Superman it needs, honoring the legend everyone loves while taking it in a powerful new direction. Brandon Routh proves a perfect choice to wear the hero's cape, leading a top cast that includes Kate Bosworth as Lois and Kevin Spacey as Lex. And the thrills - from a sky-grapple with a tumbling jumbo jet to a continent-convulsing showdown - redefine Wow. "I'm always around," Superman tells Lois. You'll be glad he is...
With the inspired appropriation of John Williams’ majestic 1978 theme music raising acres of gooseflesh, Superman flies again, bringing mankind what Marlon Brando’s Jor-El called "the light to show the way". Like the flag-waving hero of Richard Donner’s Superman movies, the boy from Krypton comes bathed in nostalgia, reverence and oodles of religious symbolism. The result is that most beatific of superhero’s most magnificent screen incarnation yet.
Excerpt from Empire Magazine reviews located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
I thought this was a very good transfer. Against other Blu-ray it might go as high s 8.5/10 and other modern Blu-ray-film renderings - perhaps 7/10. The image itself is flawless and I'd only say that it might lack a bit of, expected, depth. Colors are true and detail very high end. It's spotless and sometimes flat but I'll wager the dual-layered disc (feature taking up 20.14 Gig) replicates the darkish theatrical about as good as the naked eye could detect. I often prefer the damped look to an overly glossy one - it looks more film-like to me that way. There is no intrusive noise and similarly not much (any) grain. It is of consistent quality and the 1080P brings up a crispness that many have come to expect from this new format. The Blu-ray image transfer shouldn't deter anyone from indulging.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
NOTE: Josh tells us in email: "I just wanted to let you know that the Superman Returns Blu-ray (re- released version) does have both a True HD a PCM track." Thanks Josh!
October 31st, 2008