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
(Jerry Zucker, 1990)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 2:06:39.592
Feature film disc size: 38,186,065,920 bytes
Disc Size: 42,557,483,538 bytes
Average bitrate 40.02 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 30th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
• Commentary by Director Jerry Zucker and writer Bruce Joel Rubin
•Featurette: Ghost Stories: The Making of a Classic
•Inside the Paranormal
•Alchemy of a Love Scene
• Cinema's Great Romances
•Theatrical Trailer in HD
Product Description: Think of the most touching love story you ever saw. Think, too, of the brightest comedy, the most astonishing supernatural tale and a sleek mystery-thriller. Did you come up with four separate films? Or are you among the millions of fans and critics who've discovered Ghost, the #1 film of 1990? Ghost will surprise you, delight you, make you believe. Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams with a psychic (Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder - and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate...
''Ghost'' begins by presenting Sam Wheat, an improbably named investment banker (Mr. Swayze), and Molly Jensen, an up-and-coming artist (Ms. Moore), as an idyllically happy New York couple moving into a new loft. But an angel being hoisted into the loft's window, a news report of an airplane crash and even Molly's desire to see a performance of ''Macbeth'' - all these things foretell trouble. Sure enough, Sam and Molly are strolling amorously down a deserted street when a gun-toting mugger appears. Sam's number is up.
Excerpt from Janet Maslin of the NY Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Almost 20-years old now but the Blu-raytransfer holds up surprisingly well. While you can tell that this is not a modern film - visual attributes like detail and colors are occasionally excellent. Swayze has some close-ups that really show off the 1080P resolution. Demi Moore, on the other hand - either due to lighting or lens, seems to show a much softer visage in Ghost. The feature takes up almost 40 Gig on the dual-layered Blu-ray disc and the bitrate is very high (40 Mbps!) so I expect this looks as good as this film can. Flowers at the funeral and Whoopi's dresses display some real vibrancy and skin tones seem faithful without manipulations. If you are a fan of the film - you will be very pleased with this image quality and others may find it equally impressive. The Blu-ray transfer shouldn't deter anyone from indulging - Paramount have given us a solid image here. Very strong indeed.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
The trailer on the Blu-ray, however, is in HD!
December 12th, 2008