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
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Gary W. Tooze
Event Horizon [Blu-ray]
(Paul W. S. Anderson, 1997)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 1:35:57.042
Disc Size: 40,017,688,969 bytes
Feature Size: 32,424,529,920 bytes
Average Bitrate: 45.06 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 30th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Commentary by Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer
-The Un-Filmed Rescue Scene (optional commentary) (2:52)
-Conceptual Art (3:20)
• The Point of No Return : the Filming of Event Horizon (optional commentary)(8:03)
• Theatrical trailer (in HD!) and video trailer
Product Description: The year is 2047. Years earlier, the pioneering research vessel Event Horizon vanished without a trace. Now a signal from it has been detected, and the United States Aerospace Command responds. Hurtling toward the signal's source are a fearless captain (Laurence Fishburne), his elite crew and the lost ship's designer (Sam Neill). Their mission: find and salvage the state-of-the-art spacecraft. What they find is state-of-the-art interstellar terror. What they must salvage are their own lives, because someone or something is ready to ensnare them in a new dimension of unimaginable fear. Costarring Kathleen Quinlan...
You know those movies that you only "kinda like" after seeing them once, but the magic of DVD and cable-induced repeat viewings give you a new appreciation for them? That's Event Horizon, which is one gory little concoction. Though it's not likely to win any originality awards (or screenwriting Oscars), this is a movie that more than delivers where it counts: Blood, jolts and gravity-defying gore!
Excerpt from Scott Weinberg at eCritic.com located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Another 10-year old film that looks pretty strong in high-definition. Paramount are continuing to produce highly competent Blu-rays in terms of image quality. Event Horizon is very dark and the 1080P MPEG-4 transfer seems up to support the film's characteristics very well. Everything is toned down - muted (often non-existent) colors which are accentuated when they do appear in the frame - and detail remains sharp - very notable in close-ups. This is presented in the original 2.35 aspect ratio - the disc takes up 40 Gig (the film itself 32 Gig) with another powerhouse bitrate of 45.06 Mbps! Event Horizon shows a few speckles (mostly early in the film) and doesn't exhibit extensive depth but the dual-layered disc seem to do a faithful job of representing how the film may have originally looked. I found no reasons for strong complaints - most will be pleased with the appearance.
NOTE: Carl in email tells us: "This release is still
vertically stretched. Maybe on encoding the original
1080p master for the last special edition they just
scaled vertically to fit 1.85:1 into 1.78:1, but maybe
there is another explanation.
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Audio & Music:
December 13th, 2008