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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Film on the Worst Disc ever produced?, 24 Nov 2007
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 2 Disc Special Edition (Limited Edition With Free Art Cards - Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD] (DVD)
This film carries on the traditions of the previous installments. This review isn't here to criticise the film as a piece of storytelling...it's one of my favourites so far.

The problem I have is with the DVD itself, this is by far the worst quality DVD picture I have seen in a very long time. Since Warner Bros have produced consistently high quality DVD discs (all the previous Harry Potter films for example) I can only assume the worst possible reason...that the disc quality has been deliberately down-graded so people might convert to an HD format.

This isn't necessary, HD formats are very high quality and everyone knows it.

There is severe artifacting around edges, pixelization in areas of contrast (such as highlights on faces etc) and some heavy moire on parallel lines. Add to this the constant sharp/smooth shifting on the picture and you have a very poor viewing experience.

This is not me being an AV-Phile...these faults are blatent and you will be seriously disappointed with the disc. If you think this is nonsense, buy the disc...watch it and compare it to another of the 'darker' Harry Potter films such as Azkaban or Goblet of Fire. It's quality doesn't even stand up next to the very first DVD release of the Philosopher's Stone.

To the film's storytellers - Great Work....to Warner Bros for allowing such a poor quality transfer - Bad Form and not at all professional. Do you really think that by lowering the product quality of the current-generation format you can convince everyone to switch over to an HD format you support?
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Initial post: 29 Jul 2011 19:44:38 BDT
Great and helpful review, what annoys me with Amazon is they keep putting reviews that you and others have obviously done next to the blu-ray release of the same film

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 22:23:26 BDT
Sessiz Tepe says:
Don't even try to watch it on an HDTV. My eyes literally bled while doing so. I've been watching a HP marathon for a whole week and it was going well until this one. Its picture quality is way worse than the rest of the series.
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