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
Coach Carter [Blu-ray]
(Thomas Carter, 2005)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 2:16:20.172
Disc Size: 47,038,544,576 bytes
Feature Size: 40,980,461,568 bytes
Average Bitrate: 40.08 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 16th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Coach Carter: The Man Behind the Movie (19:41)
Product Description: Inspired by the true story of controversial Richmond, California basketball coach Ken Carter, who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news for benching his entire team undefeated team for poor academic performance. Tension mounted as the Richmond High Oilers faced the upcoming basketball championship. The town was wild with excitement over their undefeated team and the bleachers were filled with cheering fans for every game. No one could imagine that on January 4, 1999 the community would erupt in dissention and so many lives would change forever when coach Carter padlocked the gym, refusing the players access for failing to keep up their grades...
“Coach Carter” tells the true story of one man’s commitment to bring a group of Richmond, California, high school basketball players into adulthood with a sense of achievement. In 1999, Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) reluctantly takes on a job as the high school basketball coach of his hometown school and finds himself face-to-face with boys who only dream of celebrity sports. For these young men, there is only a fantasy of the life of a sports star, not the reality of personal achievement.
Excerpt from Cinema in Focus located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This Paramount MPEG-4 transfer is seems above-average and looks quite good in the Blu-ray format.The feature alone is almost 41 Gig in size and it shows some consistent grain and healthy detail. What I did note were quite a few scenes showing strong depth. Contrast and black levels are excellent as well. Surprisingly there were a few very minor speckles. Minor background noise exists but it never hindered my viewing. The dual-layered disc (of a whopping 47 Gig) portrays this film on Blu-ray quite impressively at times. It's not the transfer of the year but is strong enough that fans should have no reason to complain. I found no untoward manipulations (EE or DNR) and this image quality far exceeded my expectations.
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December 6th, 2008