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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film but poor blu-ray transfer - beware!, 11 May 2011
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This review is from: The King's Speech [Blu-ray] [2010] (Blu-ray)
I won't comment on the film, other than to say it deserves the praise heaped on it. This review concerns the blu-ray transfer. For some reason, Momentum have presented the film at 1080i/50 (an interlaced transfer playing back at 25fps). The picture itself looks fine, but the film suffers from the old PAL speed-up problem, running about 4% too fast. There is absolutely no need for this. Blu-ray allows for films to be encoded at their native 24fps, and indeed all other blu-ray film transfers I have are encoded at 1080p/24.

Why Momentum have chosen to release the film in this way is a mystery. For the film I give 5 stars, but the shoddy transfer gets 2.
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Initial post: 11 May 2011 19:31:36 BDT
JB says:
Anorakus

Thanks for your comments. Have just got a blu ray player and was looking for a first blu ray dvd - and I thought the King's Speech would have answered the bill.

Can you recommend a blu ray movie which will show the tv and home movie kit to their best?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2011 01:30:06 BDT
Anorakus says:
Would have to be Toy Story 3 for a pristine, detailed HD picture. Or if you want a normal non-animated film, Inception is pretty good. Both 1080p/24 transfers obviously :)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2011 09:20:07 BDT
JB says:
Thanks very much for your reply; much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2011 18:27:04 BDT
Check out 'No Country for Old Men' as well :)

No Country For Old Men [Blu-ray] [2007]

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2011 13:21:30 BDT
St George says:
Also check out the BBC series Yellowstone. It's the best Blu ray quality I've seen yet

Posted on 16 May 2011 08:55:09 BDT
M. Vivian says:
I don't have blue-ray and am completely ignorant about the information here. Can anyone tell me if, having just the basic dvd equipment, will prevent me from watching this properly? Many thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2011 09:56:32 BDT
Steve says:
@ Maggie, to watch a blu-ray you will need a blu-ray player, if you only have a DVD player then buy the DVD of this movie and not the blu-ray

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2011 10:47:50 BDT
M. Vivian says:
Ah, I am glad you spotted my deliberate mistake - thank you, Steve, for putting me straight!! Maggie

Posted on 16 May 2011 12:05:07 BDT
GEOFF C says:
Thank you Anorakus for this observation. I shall save myself some money and go for the DVD. GCNorwich

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2011 08:45:04 BDT
Mike Nelson says:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Blu-ray + DVD) [1968] Looks and sounds very good.
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