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
(Oliver Stone, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Lions Gate
Video: Lions Gate
Feature Runtime: 2:09:21.003
Disc Size: 47,396,714,087 bytes
Feature film size: 37,633,216,512 bytes
Total Bitrate: 38.79 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 10th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
•Audio commentary with Director Oliver Stone
• “Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Presidency”
• “No Stranger to Controversy: Oliver Stone's George W. Bush”
• Deleted Scene
Product Description: Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. Oliver Stone, in his patented style, brings the life and times of the President to the big screen...
Oliver Stone's "W.," a biography of President Bush, is fascinating. No other word for it. I became absorbed in its story of a poor little rich kid's alcoholic youth and torturous adulthood. This is the tragedy of a victim of the Peter Principle. Wounded by his father's disapproval and preference for his brother Jeb, the movie argues, George W. Bush rose and rose until he was finally powerful enough to stain his family's legacy.
Unlike Stone's "JFK" and "Nixon," this film contains no revisionist history. Everything in it, including the scenes behind closed doors, is now pretty much familiar from tell-all books by former Bush aides, and reporting by such reporters as Bob Woodward. Though Stone and his writer, Stanley Weiser, could obviously not know exactly who said what and when, there's not a line of dialogue that sounds like malicious fiction. It's all pretty much as published accounts have prepared us for.
The focus is always on Bush (Josh Brolin): His personality, his addiction, his insecurities, his unwavering faith in a mission from God, his yearning to prove himself, his inability to deal with those who advised him. Not surprisingly, in this film, most of the crucial decisions of his presidency were shaped and placed in his hands by the Machiavellian strategist Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss) and the master politician Karl Rove (Toby Jones). Donald Rumsfeld (Scott Glenn) runs an exasperated third...
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
For realism sake, I suppose, W. was shot almost exclusively with a more jittery, hand-held, camera technique. This documentary-style doesn't lend itself to brilliantBlu-ray visuals. 'W." was not as high-level a production as Stone's other political 'epics' and the image correspondingly doesn't look as strong and impressive as either "JFK" or "Nixon" do in high-definition. On the positive it is consistent but noise exists that is not so easily recognizable as grain. There is no manipulation or glaring faults in the appearance but it just doesn't look as I was anticipating - detail is only moderate, colors seem true but not as vibrant and there is little to no depth. I understand though that this is very akin to the theatrical appearance. Those wishing to indulge should temper any expectations that this may be as hi-def robust as other modern features.
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February 6th, 2009
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