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
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Gary W. Tooze
Days of Thunder [Blu-ray]
(Tony Scott, 1990)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 1:47:17.806
Feature film disc size: 32,036,462,592 bytes
Disc Size: 33,832,385,763 bytes
Average bitrate 39.81 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 30th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
• Trailer (HD) - 2:25
Product Description: "...comes on like thunder! It's a winner!" - Joel Siegel, WABC-TV/New York "****Best movie of the summer!" - Steve Kmetko, KCBS-TV/Los Angeles From the engine roar and fever pitch of professional stock car racing, Days of Thunder explodes with the most spectacular racing action ever captured on film. Tom Cruise plays race driver Cole Trickle, whose talent and ambition are surpassed only by his burning need to win. Discovered by businessman Tim Daland (Randy Quaid), Cole is teamed with legendary crew chief and car-builder Harry Hogge (Academy Award. winner Robert Duvall) to race for the Winston Cup at the Daytona 500. A fiery crash nearly ends Cole's career and he must turn to a beautiful doctor (Nicole Kidman) to regain his nerve and the true courage needed to race, to win and to live...
"Days of Thunder" is an entertaining example of what we might as well call the Tom Cruise Picture, since it assembles most of the same elements that worked in "Top Gun," "The Color of Money" and "Cocktail" and runs them through the formula once again. Parts of the plot are beginning to wear out their welcome, but the key ingredients are still effective. They include: 1. The Cruise character, invariably a young and naive but naturally talented kid who could be the best, if ever he could tame his rambunctious spirit.
Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The folder the Blu-ray files are housed in is entitled "TOP_GUN" - also directed by Tony Scott and also a Paramount vehicle for Cruise's inevitable rise to super stardom. Aside from some unusual speckles in the opening of the film - the image is strong - decent to above-average detail (for the film's age - 19 years) and colors are vibrant. The transfer can really show off some of the excellent cinematography of Days of Thunder, which incorporates excellent photographic scenery in conjunction with the film's obvious storyline. The Blu-ray itself is over 30 Gig and the feature just shy of that with no extras save an HD trailer. It looks expectantly competent with good contrast and there is still some background noise but overall this image gets a passing grade. Viewer's may temper their anticipation with the film's age - this is not quite up to modern standard - but is not excessively far behind either. The transfer respectfully exports the Panavision widescreen image leaving little reason for complaints. I was pretty impressed at times.
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December 11th, 2008