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
Hot Rod [Blu-ray]
(Akiva Schaffer, 2007)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 1:27:56.145
Disc Size: 23,265,781,479 bytes
Feature Size: 21,008,627,712 bytes
Average Bitrate: 31.85 Mbps
One singlel-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 16th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1 Video
Feature Length Commentary by Akiva Schaffer, Andy
Samberg and Jorma Taccon
Product Description: Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) has a problem – his step-father Frank (Ian McShane) is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a rag doll in their weekly sparring sessions, and definitely doesn't respect him, much less his stunts. But when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: Jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation, and then... kick his ass...
Rod Kimble, the hero of "Hot Rod," is Evel Knievel on a moped. He leads a life resembling an episode of "Jackass." Not a day passes without him attempting a harebrained stunt, and failure doesn't discourage him, because he knows in his heart that he is destined to become world famous.
Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This came out in, the now defunct, HD format back in November of last year and this is probably the same unremarkable transfer (same VC-1 encode.) It is single-layered with the feature taking up just over 20 Gig of disc space. Detail is at the lower end of the scale for the Blu-ray format. I don't fault the transfer itself as the film seems to have some meager, grass-roots, production values and this is probably close to how the film looked theatrically. Colors are strong (boosted?) and definitely escalate this above SD-DVD but noise exists and the film is fairly hazy at times. The presentation looked respectable on my system but certainly nothing 'to write home about' overall for the image. Some may feel for a comedy of this nature that the transfer is not of prime concern. Either/or this is not a disc you will use to demo your system to friends.
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December 8th, 2008