Blu-ray Review HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Ronin

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Cameron Yee, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Chris S

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    I have not but I've read Cameron's reviews for awhile now and know his impressions will mirror my own. It's reason enough for me to forgo a purchase at this time.
     
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    I really love this movie and right now I'm debating between getting it or Akira, which I also love. Both seem to have less than impressive image quality but at least the sound will be a bigger upgrade from the 2.0 Japanese on Akira compared to the decent 5.1 sound on the SD DVD for Ronin. I just bought Reservoir Dogs for $10 at Walmart so I think I'll keep an eye out and hopefully I can catch Ronin for that same price some time down the road.
     
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    Too bad. I really like this movie, but the poor PQ prevents me from justifying a purchase, and I would have been happy even if a high quality presentation of the film was the only thing on a reasonably priced release. MGM, I'll reconsider if/when you decide to do this right.
    Hopefully this is not indicative of what we should expect on The Princess Bride.
     
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    The screenshots at DVD Beaver look pretty good with grain intact. I'll give this a rental at some point.
     
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    Dadgummit! I have been waiting to buy this film on high def for years, and what a total disappointment.
     
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    I've had the UK version for over a year now. It's the same transfer and there's no way it's as bad as a 2.5. Of some of the crap that's been released on BD recently, from upconverted trash,(a lot of that going on with UK distributors), to lazy 50hz transfers, Ronin for me, does not fall into the 'poor HD' catagory. Not in the slightest.
     
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    I don't know why they couldn't at least have included John Frankenheimer's audio commentary from the DVD. That for me is an egregious oversight/omission. Frankenheimer was knowledgeable and opinionated and I've not heard that commentary yet. I hope his Grand Prix, another much-anticipated Blu-Ray release for me, will get better treatment when and if it's released.
     
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    I smell a future "Deluxe Edition", which was probably in the back of their minds all along. Why should anything have changed?
     
  10. Brad Vautrinot

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    It looks very good on my 40" Bravia - like I remember it in the theater. I compared this to the Japanese release which also looks good. No way are these a 2.5. More like a 4 or 4.5. I found many of the scenes very lifelike and three-dimensional.

    Brad
     
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    In Cameron I trust. [​IMG]
     
  13. Cameron Yee

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    Ha! I take it that's some residual wordplay from reviewing Religulous? [​IMG]
     
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    No, from being a tightwad! [​IMG]
     
  15. Duane Robinson

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    I'm a weak, weak man. I went to Frys to get Silence of the Lambs and ended up buying Ronin as well since I love that movie so much. The higher quality sound should at least make me feel not so guilty about buying it if the video doesn't live up to its full potential.
     
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    I rented this and just watched it tonight, wow, what a poorly done Blu-ray. I agree with the 2.5 video score but I'd only give the audio a 3, not a 4 per the review. It's like watching an upscaled DVD.
    Such a shame for such a fantastic film.
     
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    Thanks for bumping up this thread as I looked at the current pricing at Amazon for it and at 19.99 I just bought it since I'm not going to wait several years for them to do again and it's an upgrade from the dvd.

    Crawdaddy
     
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    I'll wait. The A/V on this is one of the worst I've seen on Blu so far.
     
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    I'm a recent Blu-ray convert and this is exactly the kind of thing I feared would happen - studios (in this case, an ailing one) pumping out mediocre discs without extras and charging an arm and a leg. Do they really expect people to buy this stuff with these kind of deficiencies, in this economy? I always knew it wasn't going to be necessary to upgrade my entire collection to Blu and now it has been confirmed.
     
  20. Michael Reuben

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    This disc can be had for $10-12, if you look around. And after watching a Showtime HD broadcast, I bought it at about that price and found it more than acceptable. Indeed, my expectations had been so lowered by this thread that I was pleasantly surprised.
     

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