Blu-ray View, a new site I’ve been working on for a while now, is now live.

This was a very interesting and fun project that forced me to learn a lot of new things I’ve never done before. Not only that, but it allows me to focus on two of my main loves, movies/tv and technology.

If you have any interest, check it out!

Blu-ray View, a new site I’ve been working on for a while now, is now live.

This was a very interesting and fun project that forced me to learn a lot of new things I’ve never done before. Not only that, but it allows me to focus on two of my main loves, movies/tv and technology.

If you have any interest, check it out!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 Full Trailer

Also in HD 480p, 720p and 1080p.

Okay, excited about Harry Potter again.

Super 8 - HD Teaser Trailer

Had a bootleg before of the new surprise teaser trailer for the new Steven Spielberg & J.J. Abrams film. I usually don’t repost the same stuff but here it is again in much better glorious Quicktime HD quality.

AVATAR Full-Length Theatrical Trailer

Also available in high definition: 480p, 720p, 1080p.

Looks great. If the last teaser didn’t sell you, check this out.

AVATAR Full-Length Theatrical Trailer

Also available in high definition: 480p, 720p, 1080p.

Looks great. If the last teaser didn’t sell you, check this out.

Ridley Scott's Gladiator Blu-ray Debut Butchered (Update: And Now Fixed?)

02/10 Update: (Rumor) Remastered Gladiator Blu-ray Coming? & Slightly Confirmed in Germany

07/10 Update: Check it out! The new Gladiator Blu-ray re-release has been remastered, with stunning results. Major props to Paramount for fixing their mistakes. Details for release and exchange in the US here and as follows:

To order a disc replacement, send your Disc 1 of the old version of Gladiator in an envelope with your Name, Address, and Phone # to:

PHE Mkt c/o Deluxe Media Management
P.O. Box 801464
Valencia, CA 91380-1464

or call (888) 889-9456.

Amazon now carries the Remastered version.

Take a look at the new detail in his armor, belt and left arm in the first shot. Gone are the smudginess and “halos” caused by excessive DNR, EE, and contrast boosting (see original post below).

(Click To Zoom In)

Here are some more comparison shots.




The following is the original post as written on August 26th, 2009. Everything above this point have been updates since the post was written.

Gladiator HDTV / Blu-ray Transfer Comparisons

Just a bit of a nerdy awareness post.

It’s a shame that studios are doing this really. Even if you don’t get the technical aspects of it, just basically know that they are messing with a pure picture and releasing substandard, processed product, hoping most people won’t notice and others to embrace the fake and unecessary “touch ups.”

Just to give you an idea of why this is bad, check out the “disappearing” arrows in the image above, a byproduct of this excessive filtering and sharpening. Don’t stand for edge enhancement and digital noise reduction.

Gladiator HDTV / Blu-ray Transfer Comparisons

And to not be entirely negative, and maybe end with a bitter sweet note. Paramount themselves co-released this movie along with Braveheart, an even older movie, which just so happens to have a stunning transfer.

Braveheart Blu-ray Screenshot

Update: It’s worse than initially thought:

You know how Warner Bros. used HD-DVD encodes for much later Blu-ray releases because it was cheaper? Well, imagine if a studio had a brand new, pristine, sensational transfer especially created for HD-DVD, but it never made it all the way through the encode process to release. In other words, a fully finished 1080p transfer that was not yet encoded for a home format like HD-DVD or Blu-ray. A transfer without DNR!

(for you joe-six-packers out there, first you have the film on 35mm… then you do a 1080p transfer… THEN you do an encode for Blu-ray)

Now it is time to release said film on Blu-ray, but instead of using that newer transfer and doing the encode for Blu-ray, you take an older, vastly inferior transfer, which received an encode long before… and release that because it is cheaper!

It seems that is exactly what Universal and Paramount did with GLADIATOR. I spoke to someone who has looked at the new un-used transfer with his own eyes and he says it is absolutely superior in every way.

The Extended Sequences on the Blu-ray were created at the same time. So the geniuses responsible for the Blu-ray just grabbed those shots and used seemless branching for the Blu-ray. Talk about adding insult to injury.

What needs to happen is obvious. Call and write Paramount AND Universal and demand they recall this release for a later replacement with the new transfer.

Teaser Trailer for James Cameron's AVATAR!

It’s finally here! What I’ve been talking about forever. Watch now!

Also in glorious High Definition.

Netflix Adds LOST Seasons 1 - 4 on Streaming in HD

Those who haven’t dived into LOST, now’s a great opportunity.

History Channel’s ‘WWII in HD’

When History announced its development slate a couple months back, there was one item in their release that sounded really interesting: Taking vintage World War 2 film footage and converting it into high definition for the first time.

At the network’s press tour panel in Pasadena today, History opened with a trailer for the resulting project, “WWII in HD,” and the images were stunning.

Keep in mind, this online video’s resolution is not HD, but it still gives you some idea of the improved clarity…

Wal-Mart Breaks the $100 Blu-ray Player Barrier

Barely a month after lowering the price of a Blu-ray player to $128, Wal-Mart has gone further and rolled back the price of the Magnavox NB530MGX (initially $168) to $98.

If you have an HDTV and haven’t made the plunge, do it now!

New Line Reveals Info and Box Art for ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blu-ray

The 7-disc Blu-ray set (available November 3) will present the theatrical versions of the films for the first time ever in pristine 1080p video and lossless DTS HD Master Audio 7.1 audio.

New Line Reveals Info and Box Art for ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blu-ray

The 7-disc Blu-ray set (available November 3) will present the theatrical versions of the films for the first time ever in pristine 1080p video and lossless DTS HD Master Audio 7.1 audio.