| Originally Posted by Darth Lavender |
I haven't seen the Blu-Ray yet, but based on DVDBeaver screencaps (The Dark Knight Blu-ray - Christian Bale Heath Ledger especially the police funeral) the ringing looks terrible, and one of my biggest pet peeves happens to be reviewers who'll downplay or even ignore something like that to support a release they otherwise like. Completely ruins their usefulness as reviewers (minor kudos to the original poster here, at least he mentions the 'edge-enhancement')
The IMAX digital grading, etc. isn't relevant to that little mini-rant, because the original poster doesn't seem to have been aware of it.
Moving on to the issue of halos in the IMAX presentation of 35mm scenes... Can someone explain the logic here? I thought the point of Edge Enhancement was to make things look sharper at a distance (with the drawback of making them look terrible in close-up)
Seems to me that IMAX, with the audience sitting right up close to the screen, is the very last place one would want to use edge-enhancement.
Beyond that, it sounds like, reading the previous posts, we can mostly agree....
- There is DEFINITELY edge-enhancement on this supposedly '5/5 perfect Blu-Ray.' Judge for yourself how severe it is http://www.dvdbeaver....20blu-ray3.jpg
- This edge-enhancement was present in IMAX screenings showing the 35mm footage, as a result of digital-sharpening in a pathetic attempt to render the 35mm scenes more 'IMAX-like'
- This edge-enhancement was not present in non-imax screenings.
Best case scenario, Nolan went insane and after years of refusing to use D.I., he's decided to bring his vision for Dark Knight is the one with all the digital sharpening. So, at least we're seeing the director's intent; digital sharpening and all.
Worst case scenario, Warner went with the digitally sharpened footage because it was simply cheaper (Nolan's intention be damned) than going back to the unmodified 35mm.
Now, letting major artefacts onto my $40* "beyond high definition," "look and sound of perfect" blu-ray disk for the sake of cost-cutting is something I'm always a bit critical of. But, at least when it's a less-popular art-house film or produced by a struggling smaller company, I can appreciate the reasoning. Warner screwed up the transfer on one of their highest grossing movies ever, and already a record-breaking blu-ray, for the sake of 'cost-cutting' and that is just plain inexcusable.
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