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Awesome FIlm - Technical Comment
on 13 August 2013
The other reviews covers how fantastic this little gem of a film are, so I will stick to the technical aspect.
Film itself: 5 stars
Video quality: 3 stars
Audio Quality and choice: 2 stars
Video: Somewhat pixerated encode, especially visible in transitions, fades to black and so on
Audio: only ONE soundtrack that is over compressed and way to loud (at least 10 db of added compression and loudness). It makes the film more "pushy" than it should be! Very annoying tendency among film studios to release overly compressed mixes that does not reflect the true cinema experience. They think that loud is better - but ITS NOT, as it totally destroys the natural dynamics of the film, and makes silent, sensitive scenes almost unbearable to watch.
Providing these kind of over compressed tv-masters is fine ,(can be a good alternative for those with a crap TV or for hearing impaired or lovers of squashed, pushy, unnatual sound where a whisper is as loud as a yell.....) AS LONG AS THE ORIGINAL MASTER IS ALSO PROVIDED! This is something the BD media is perfect for, as it can hold many different mixes that are user selectable. Therefore is a mystery that the studios does not respect the BD buyer more. After all, we are paying for the best quality possible, - and it is about time they took the BD medium seriously again! To further prove their arrogance, only a Dolby Digital Encode has been provided of the heavily compressed mix instead of a lush lossless encode.
If the movie studios are not going to do better than this for this awesome medium, - you are better of just getting a download off the internet! Sad but true...
If you want to investigate the phenoemenon of overcompression in movies, you should try to compare a well mixed movie like "Secondhand Lions" on Blu-Ray ( you will like it if you like intelligent films like Barneys vision) and set the volume of your system until you find it pleasant and can easily follow the dialogue. You will be able to watch the entire movie without touching the volume on your system. After this, put Barnies Version on - and do not touch the volume- You will experience that Barneys Vision BD is WAY louder than Secondhand lions because of its stupid mastering.
Remember, I am not saying that it is not OK to provide these "lowest denominator" mixes as they will work fine on a s*** TV, - what I am pissed about (that needs a lesson) is the fact that the movie companies are not providing alternatives on a medium that are made to carry up to 32 sound tracks for the movie if needs be!
That can only be down to lazy, arrogant, non caring, film-hating, retarded executives - because it is NOT the sound guys doing this from by own free will, that is for sure.