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HTF BLU-RAY Review: Last Holiday



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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Neil Middlemiss

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Posted December 30 2008 - 08:29 AM

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Last Holiday
Studio: Paramount Pictures Year: 2006 US Rating: PG-13 For Some Sexual Reference Film Length: 111 Minutes Aspect Ratio: 1080p High Definition 1.85:1 Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish and French 5.1 (Dolby Digital) Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish
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Posted January 01 2009 - 08:06 AM

For those who might be put off by the following:[quote]

but finer details are missing. The image has noise and appears to have digital noise reduction applied.

[quote]Just watched the first 30 minutes or so and this comment is inaccurate.



First of the all, the "noise" is film grain.



Skin textures are present and very detailed, showing no signs of excessive DNR being applied. If DNR was used at all, it was used lightly in the digital intermediate, but none is being used for the BD transfer itself.



There are a lot of closeups that are shot with a very shallow depth of field, where a face is sharp with excellent detail and the backgrounds are very soft, but this is as designed.



And there is some light aperture correction (EE) applied somewhere, however it's not clear if it was done in the DI or the telecine transfer.



All in all, a good transfer and one anyone can buy without fear of seeing a substandard HD transfer.



Viewed on a 5'x12' screen from 1.1x screen width. Sony Qualia 004 projector fed from an HTPC running Arcsoft TMT, Isco Cinema DLP anamorphic lens.



Edit:



Finished watching this earlier, and the BD is a definite step up from the DVD release. It should rate 4 stars, not the best of the best, but a worthwhile upgrade for those with larger screens and FP's.



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Posted January 02 2009 - 08:01 AM

Thanks for your thoughts, but noise and film grain are very different. This did not represent what I saw in the theater, and that is what is disappointing. I checked this on a 65" and a 50# screen size and notice the issues on both. Thanks.
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Posted January 02 2009 - 06:31 PM

OK, we can agree to disagree. Posted Image



However, as a professional projectionist for 45 years or so, I'm pretty sure I can recognize film grain when I see it. Posted Image



Are you sure that all signal processing / enhancing is turned completely off on both displays?



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#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Neil Middlemiss

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Posted January 02 2009 - 08:50 PM

OK, we can agree to disagree. Posted Image



However, as a professional projectionist for 45 years or so, I'm pretty sure I can recognize film grain when I see it. Posted Image



Are you sure that all signal processing / enhancing is turned completely off on both displays?



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I'll check to make sure but we can agree that its a lovely little film, though Posted Image
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Posted January 03 2009 - 03:26 PM

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but we can agree that its a lovely little film, though.

[quote]That it is Posted Image.



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Posted January 13 2009 - 10:24 AM

For those who might be put off by the following:Just watched the first 30 minutes or so and this comment is inaccurate.



First of the all, the "noise" is film grain.



Skin textures are present and very detailed, showing no signs of excessive DNR being applied. If DNR was used at all, it was used lightly in the digital intermediate, but none is being used for the BD transfer itself.



There are a lot of closeups that are shot with a very shallow depth of field, where a face is sharp with excellent detail and the backgrounds are very soft, but this is as designed.



And there is some light aperture correction (EE) applied somewhere, however it's not clear if it was done in the DI or the telecine transfer.



All in all, a good transfer and one anyone can buy without fear of seeing a substandard HD transfer.



Viewed on a 5'x12' screen from 1.1x screen width. Sony Qualia 004 projector fed from an HTPC running Arcsoft TMT, Isco Cinema DLP anamorphic lens.



Edit:



Finished watching this earlier, and the BD is a definite step up from the DVD release. It should rate 4 stars, not the best of the best, but a worthwhile upgrade for those with larger screens and FP's.



Vern


Vern - I had my TV calibrated (wonderfully by Doug at Clearly Resolve) and I have to say that you may be somewhat right. I notice far better details, the DNR can still be found, but it does not seem as pronounced as before. Some noise still exists but the natural film grain is far more noticeable. I have updated my review to reflect. Thanks for your keen eye Posted Image
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Posted January 25 2013 - 09:20 PM

Okay, I have scoured the internet and can find no mention of this major gaffe in the Blu-ray presentation of "Last Holiday." Now first of all, the original Paramount release of 2008 went of out print very quickly and it has only now been re-issued through the new distribution deal Paramount made with Warner Brothers, so I am referring to the new Blu-ray disc with "Distributed by Warner Home Video" right above the barcode. Here is the problem. All of the opening credits are missing from the opening of the film. All the scenes are there but there is no text - no actor credits, no producer credits, no writer credits and no director credit. In it's place is one player-generated subtitle at the bottom of the screen reading, "Last Holiday." I did a direct comparason with the DVD in which all the opening credits (which contain some animation) are intact. I believe the new Warner-distributed release is the exact same pressing as the original Paramount-distributed disc and I'm quite surprised that no reviewer has noticed this gaffe.





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