H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs 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
Any Given Sunday - Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
(Oliver Stone, 1999)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 3:25:49
Disc Size: 49,115,053,618 bytes
Feature size: 42,837,405,696 bytes
Bitrate: 36.34 Mbps / VC-1 Video
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January, 2009
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Video codec: VC-1
• Two audio commentaries, with director Oliver Stone and another by Jamie Foxx
•A Full Contact: The Making of Any Given Sunday (27:05 HBO First Look special)
• Jamie Foxx Audition Tape (3-parts)
• 14 Deleted scenes with optional commentary from director Oliver Stone (32:38)
• Music Only Track (16 tracks)
• Instant Replay - Revisit the Films 10 Hardest Hitting Plays (15:42)
Stills Gallery (the Art of Selling - posters etc, and
stills from the film)
Product Description: Life is a contact sport and football is life when three-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and a dynamic acting ensemble explore the fortunes of the Miami Sharks in 'Any Given Sunday'. At the 50-yard line of this gridiron cosmos is Al Pacino as Tony D'Amato, the embattled Sharks coach facing a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy Sharks owner (Cameron Diaz) who's sure Tony is way too old-school. An injured quarterback (Dennis Quaid), a flashy, bull-headed backup QB (Jamie Foxx), a slithery team doctor (James Woods) and a running back with an incentive-laden contract (LL Cool J) also provide some of the stories that zigzag like diagrams in a playbook...
Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday'' is a smart sports movie almost swamped by production overkill. The movie alternates sharp and observant dramatic scenes with MTV-style montages and incomprehensible sports footage. It's a miracle the underlying story survives, but it does.
Excerpt from JRoger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.VC-1 encode - frequently utilized by Warner - shows excellent colors and depth. Minor noise and grain are present. Stone's camera bounces around unlike his other films. The feature size is an impressive 42 Gig on the dual-layered Blu-ray - that takes up almost the entire 50 Gig capacity (its just over 49 Gig.) There is no heavy DNR or edge enhancements that I could ascertain. You may click on the screen grabs to see the full 1080 resolution. It looks about as strong as I was anticipating. This transfer is quite healthy and we endorse for visual quality. This is the 'Director's Cut' - some 6 minutes longer than the theatrical version.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
January 20th, 2008
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