Mr. Blu

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (1,182 of 1,409)
Location: Europe
In My Own Words:
I started reviewing Blu-Rays at the beginning of 2009 because I was disappointed at how few reviews mentioned A/V quality, and wanted to share my good and bad experiences in the BD world with others. I apologise for boringly titling recent reviews as "Blu-Ray review" etc, but now that Amazon runs DVD and BD reviews together, this is intended to make BD reviews easier to find :-)

Movies, of course, ranging from mindless action to World Cinema.
Fave directors: P.T Anderson, early Lars von Trier, early-mid Woody Allen.
Music: Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Sport: playing and watching foo… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 11,136 - Total Helpful Votes: 1182 of 1409
Sony VCT-80AV Remote Control Tripod by Sony
I bought this on Sony's recommendation for the NEX VG 20, and soon regretted it. The tripod is far too flimsy for a camera of that size and weight. I was moving up from a smaller Cullmann tripod that had cost 1/4 to 1/5 of the price, and couldn't believe that the camera plate was roughly the same size and quality. Walking anywhere near the tripod produced shaky footage, and I'm no heavyweight! I actually have quite a light touch, but found it practically impossible to pull focus manually on this tripod without a visible wobble in the scene recorded. I eventually got a Sachtler ACE tripod which was perfect for the VG20, albeit much more expensive.

This tripod is maybe OK for… Read more
The Third Man (Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Joseph Cotten
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
This is a review of the first BD release of "The Third Man" not to be Region A locked, coming after Criterion's Region A locked transfer which is now out of print after their rights to the title expired and were subsequently bought up by Studio Canal.

I have not seen Criterion's BD, but having compared still screenshots from the Criterion release, I must admit that thís version does appear inferior, but not vastly so. Generally the image quality is very good for a 61 year old film. Close-ups are often very richly detailed, showing texture, sharpness and well balanced b/w tones. Welles's agonised face seeking a way out in the sewer, Valli lying in bed before her re-arrest… Read more
Shutter Island [Blu-ray] [2010] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Shutter Island [Blu-ray] [2010] Blu-ray ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Shutter Island" ticks all the right boxes as a new BD release. Picture quality is very high with excellent sharpness and fine detail in shots of all focal length. But, as so often, it is particularly the close-ups that fascinate with depth and plasticity. Colours and contrasts are spot-on, with colours only appearing unnatural, and clearly intentionally so, in certain exceptional sequences: whether they are to be described as dreams, flash-backs, hallucinations or something else, is very much part of the film's narrative secrets, and not to be stated in advance!

Sound quality is excellent, with immersive use of surround effects. Generally the balance of dialogue to louder FX is… Read more