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
The Sixth Sense [Blu-ray]
(M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Walt Disney Video / Buena Vista
Region: A (probably region-free)
Feature Runtime: 1:47:23
Feature film disc size: 24.0 Gig
One dual-layered disc
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 30th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG4-AVC
• Reflections From The Set (39:14)
Product Description: Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a successful child psychologist in Philadelphia. The night before he is to receive an award for his medical achievements, a former patient breaks into his house and kills himself. Drenched in guilt, the doctor comes to the aid of a tormented lad (Haley Joel Osment) who can see ghosts. While making his analysis of the troubled boy, he discovers something that is not only fascinating, but could also be very dangerous...
"Sixth Sense" is certainly a nervy film, one that director M. Night Shyamalan ("Wide Awake") has made so disarmingly eerie it's virtually guaranteed to rattle the most jaded of cages. Set in Philadelphia--hometown of its director and, coincidentally, near-home to New Jersey native Bruce Willis--the film concerns Malcolm Crowe (Willis), honored child psychologist and husband to Anna (Olivia Williams of "Rushmore"), who's confronted in his home one night by a patient who slipped through the cracks: Vincent Gray (a convincingly unhinged Donnie Wahlberg), blaming Crowe for the "possible mood disorder" that's still plaguing him, puts one bullet in the doctor and another through his own brain.
Excerpt from John Anderson at Calendar Alive located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
A pretty competent, if not brilliantly stellar, Blu-ray of Shyamalan's blockbuster hit. The Sixth Sense in 1080P improves drastically from previous SD-DVD editions. Image quality is consistent with tight lines, true colors and the only thing that really separates it from more recent film transfers is the detail which never reaches the highest levels we have seen before. I don't think it's a flaw of the high-definition rendering - I think the film looked this way originally. So while not displaying the more extravagant attributes of some recent productions on dual-layered Blu-rays - I expect this will be very satisfying. The feature tales up 24 Gig of space. The image has a true quality that brings the film's 'emotional bridge' just that much closer. Noise is quite minimal and I don't see any DNR used but maybe there is a tinge of edge enhancement. It's only real complaint would be that detail is a notch below what some have come to expect from a Blu-ray image - but it still towers above any SD counterparts. I suspect fans of the film will be very satisfied with the visual appearance of this Blu-ray.
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September 17th, 2008