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
(Tim Burton, 1988)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 1:32:26
Feature film disc size: 19.4 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 7th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: VC-1
• 3 Episodes of the animated Beetlejuice TV series (12:15 X 3)
• Accessible Music only track in 5.1
Product Description: In the surreal, wonderfully cartoon-like comedy Beetlejuice, a childless couple, Barbara and Adam (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin), move to the country only to be killed in a car accident while passing over a quaint covered bridge. Their ghosts return to their beloved Victorian home, and find the Handbook for the Recently Deceased, which not only lets them know they're dead, but comes in handy when they learn that they can continue to live in their house, even though a new family—from the land of the living—is moving in. The new owners, fresh from the city, are quite a strange group themselves, and include the overpowering hipster mom Delia (Catherine O'Hara), her pompous SoHo interior designer Otho (Glenn Shadix), her meek husband Charles (Jeffrey Jones), and their morose teenage daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder), who befriends the ghostly couple. Though the threesome attempt to scare Delia from ruining the house with redecoration and her unpleasant personality, their attempts fail. As a last resort, they call upon the services of the demented, terrifying, but hilarious "bioexorcist," "Beetlejuice" (Michael Keaton)....
In the mid-'80s, Tim Burton became the most sought-after director in Hollywood due to the wholly unanticipated financial returns of Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985). While Burton found himself deluged with offers of studio comedy projects, none of them appealed to the renegade Disney animator's bent for the bizarre. That changed when he was presented the initial screenplay for Beetlejuice (1988), an engagingly demented fantasy-comedy that became one of the biggest successes of its year.
Excerpt from TCM located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Although I felt this Blu-ray image quality gave a fairly true representation of its original theatrical viewing - there are no dominant high-definition characteristics to extol. It is not particularly detailed and although colors have a tendency to become vibrant when called upon - for the most part they are dullish and relatively flat for 1080P. It is hard to believe that Beetlejuice is 20 years old now but that is probably the most mitigating factor in its comparatively weak appearance. It doesn't ever really look 'bad' but it never climbs the heights that some may expect from this new format. There is some minor softness while background noise exists in a reasonable amount. Good film grain is visible. Technically it is single-layered with the feature size being a modest 19.4 Gig. I don't see strong evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. The VC-1encode does a its job but viewer expectations should be tempered with appreciating the film's age - it probably can't look much better than it does on this Blu-ray.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
NOTE: My screener edition didn't come with a CD sampler or booklet which the consumer package will have.
October 4th, 2008