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Poor UK blu ray quality, buy the US version instead
on 13 November 2012
I received my copy of Lockout at the weekend and I am happy to say that I love it. Yes it's cheesy, yes it's derivative but it's fun and, with the exception of the awful bike chase, the SFX hold up very well. Guy Pearce's wisecracking tough guy performance is thoroughly entertaining and I can happily add the film to my shelf along with other shameless throwback movies like Doomsday.
Unfortunately I have a low tolerance for low quality products and the UK blu ray of Lockout is one such product. All the reviews I had read previously of this release had been glowing when appraising the visual quality so I was a little bit surprised to see a fairly soft and murky image in places and, worse, some genuinely appalling and thoroughly distracting occurrences of colour banding, most noticeably in space scenes. The shot of the prison at around 55 minutes is a good example with the sun flare on the right hand side of the screen looking like it was rendered by an 8 bit computer. The skydiving sequence at the climax of the movie is even worse. As a result I spent an hour fiddling with my TV and blu ray settings to try and resolve the issue, to no avail. It occurred to me then that the numerous reviews I had read were specifically for the US release, distributed by Sony, so I ordered a copy from a market place seller and it arrived today, only two days later. It turns out I was right. The US release IS reference quality and absolutely flawless. The UK version is distributed by Entertainment in Video and is the inferior product by some considerable margin.
Apologies if you think I'm being too finnicky but if I buy a blu ray I expect blu ray quality, not this second rate, lazy and flawed transfer that we have been fobbed off with in the UK.