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
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Gary W. Tooze
From Dusk Till Dawn [Blu-ray]
(Robert Rodriguez, 1996)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 1:47:50
Feature film disc size: 21.2 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 21st, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Product Description: Fugitive bank robbers and escaped prisoners, brothers Seth - (George Clooney) and Richie Gecko - (Quentin Tarantino) are fleeing the F.B.I. and Texas police. Seth Gecko is a cold, tough professional thief and anti-hero, while his younger brother Richie is a delusional, homicidal serial rapist and psychopath. During the first few minutes of the film, they first hold up and then destroy a liquor store and kill the clerk, a cop and a woman witness.
The Fuller family — Jacob (Harvey Keitel), the father and a former pastor who has experienced a crisis of faith; his son Scott (Ernest Liu); and daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) — are on a vacation in their RV. The Fullers arrive at the motel and are promptly kidnapped by the Geckos, who force the Fullers to smuggle them past the Mexican Border. Seth and Jacob make an uneasy truce: if the Geckos can make it past the border, Jacob and his family will come out of the ordeal unharmed. They succeed and arrive at the "Titty Twister", a strip club in the middle of a desolate wasteland, where the Geckos have agreed to be picked up by Carlos (Cheech Marin), their contact, at dawn...
It's great fun, but certainly not great art. From Dusk Till Dawn, a special effects blood-and-gore extravaganza from director Robert Rodriguez, follows in the footsteps of such cult classics as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series, thumbing its nose at conventional film expectations and gleefully embracing the campiness of the B-movie genre. With its palette of hideous monstrosities, decapitations, dismemberments, eviscerations, topless dancers, profane dialogue, and bare foot licking, this motion picture pushes the R-rating to the edge.
Excerpt from James Berardinelli from Reelreviews located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This is a surprisingly impressive 1080P image from Alliance in Canada. I thought detail, colors and contrast could rival many other highly-lauded Blu-ray discs. The image isn't flawless with healthy segments of background noise but generally the visuals present a smooth, tight appearance. Black levels are extremely strong. It's damage-free but sometimes a shade flat - still I'll wager the single-layered disc (feature taking up 21.2 Gig) replicates the theatrical better than anything else currently available on digital. It has a consistent quality and the 1080P brings up a crispness that many have come to expect from this new format - but I just wasn't anticipating it to look as good as it does. The Blu-ray image transfer shouldn't deter anyone from indulging and the plunging Canadian dollar gives this enticing value.
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November 21st, 2008