A Few Words About A few words about...™ Braveheart -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    Mel Gibson's Braveheart, one of the initial releases in Paramount's Sapphire series, is a Blu-ray that even the most demanding home theater fanatic would desire, and everything that Gladiator on Blu-ray should and could have been.

    Braveheart, based upon the book by Randall Wallace, and visually told through the brilliant cinematography of John Toll, is extraordinary filmmaking. Beginning slowly, with a 16 minute prologue, the film doesn't really come into its own until past the 30 minute mark. Everything that sets up the story is necessary, and the deliberate pacing only strengthens what follows.

    The message here is all extremely positive.

    Braveheart was the winner of five Academy Awards inclusive of Best Picture. As a Blu-ray, it has a perfectly honed image, and audio presented in Dolby TrueHD. It is a Blu-ray experience of undeniable perfection.

    This disc belongs in every serious cinema library.

    Extremely Highly Recommended.

    RAH
     
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    Thanks, Robert!
     
  3. Joseph J.D

    Joseph J.D Cinematographer

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    Thanks for your thoughts on this disc, Mr. Harris. I'm really looking forward to picking this one up and screening it on my 52" Sony.
     
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  5. Michel_Hafner

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    The only suboptimal thing with the transfer seems to be an aliasing problem that is limited to the first 22 minutes (probably the first reel). After that it's gone. It's too small to be noticed unless you watch in 1080p and watch closely. I wonder how it happened and why only the first reel is affected.
     
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    Michel,

    Perhaps this is what you are talking about, but the only
    problem I saw was several dark scenes that had a
    "screen door" effect where it was as if you were watching
    through a screen door.

    One scene in particular is the love scene between Mel
    Gibson and his newly married bride. Very dark and you
    can clearly see the crosshair lines in the picture. Noticed
    it also in a few other dark scenes throughout the film.

    Also, had to go through two copies of BRAVEHEART,
    both which would freeze up at the same exact point on
    my Panasonic BD55.
     

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