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HTF Blu-ray Review: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans



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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Todd Erwin

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Posted May 11 2009 - 01:06 PM



#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Todd smith

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Posted May 12 2009 - 02:21 AM

Toddwrt, are you still not capable of playing the full TrueHD track with your equipment? I have not read one other review that mentions dialog being mixed much too low.......some have complained about the type of dialog being used, but that is not the fault of the sound design/mix/recording. BR.com raved about the dialog in their review.

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Todd Erwin

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Posted May 12 2009 - 03:07 AM

I upgraded my receiver last month, and stand by my review.

#4 of 18 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted May 12 2009 - 06:14 AM

So how did this movie compare to the first two? About the same? Opinions of the others (especially the first) were pretty widely mixed as I recall. I reviewed both for this site and was a little disappointed in them; now I'm wondering whether this one's worth watching (I seem to recall liking the flashback scenes in the others).
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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Todd Erwin

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Posted May 12 2009 - 08:45 AM

I would say its about the same as the other two. I was actually a bit surprised at how good this one turned out.

#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted May 12 2009 - 01:58 PM

Bought it today and will be watching it within minutes.
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#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted May 12 2009 - 04:08 PM

I cannot agree with your review of the audio Todd. I just finished this film and found the audio to be excellent. I had no issues with unclear dialogue nor did I notice that it was mixed at a lower level. All channels were perfectly balanced. I'm running a 5.1 rig with a PS3, Onkyo 805, 5 Adcom amps (one per speaker), Polk Audio timber matched speakers and a DIY Tempest SonoSub all in a dedicated room. The film itself was good, not as good as it's predecessors, the weakest in the trilogy. Image quality was good but nothing reference, I agree with your review of the video.
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#8 of 18 OFFLINE   troy evans

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Posted May 12 2009 - 07:21 PM

This is exactly how I felt when I saw it in the theater. I went in thinking it would be epic in scope and it felt like a "made for tv" movie. I always thought the first two films were somewhat successful. This one could have went straight to video for all it accomplished. Don't get me wrong, I'll still get it to complete my collection. But it won't be an "ass breaker, must get title" for me. $15.00 will be my limit. Toddwrtr, great review by the way.
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#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Shane D

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Posted May 13 2009 - 01:30 AM

i watched the normal dvd last night and i was finding my self leaning forward once in a while to hear dialogue, it just seemed to be noticeable during quieter scenes

#10 of 18 OFFLINE   RDarrylR

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Posted May 13 2009 - 01:35 AM

They still make DVD's? Posted Image

#11 of 18 OFFLINE   Shane D

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Posted May 13 2009 - 05:22 AM

yeah i've not gotten a blu player yet. i'm still waiting for under 200 prices and for movies to drop some. the samsung 1500 is on clearence at walmart for that price i just still haven't whipped out the credit card yet.

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Posted May 13 2009 - 08:50 AM

I have to agree with Todd...I watched it last night on Blu-Ray...and also found the dialogue at times was difficult to hear...so much so.. that I had to bump up my center level a bit. RayJr
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#13 of 18 OFFLINE   JMoore

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Posted May 13 2009 - 10:42 AM

I also had problems hearing the dialogue. I have a denon avr4308 and it picks up the TrueHD formate with no problem. I had to jack up the volume on my center channel. I also thought that the picture was too grainy.

#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Todd smith

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Posted May 18 2009 - 05:42 PM

Watched this over the weekend and while I agree the dialog was a bit low, especialy compared to 1 and 2 which I also watched, there were only a couple brief moments where I actualy could not make out what was said. I watched at -1 from reference. Minor issue at best. I completely disagree with this audio score in all due respect.....besides the minor dialog issue, the rest of the track is reference caliber. 2.5 out of 5 is ridiculous IMHO.

#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted May 19 2009 - 04:02 AM

Haven't gotten this yet, but plan to tomorrow. How are your speakers set up that you wanted to watch it at -1? Was it a synch issue, or because of the muddled dialogue?
 

 


#16 of 18 OFFLINE   Todd smith

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Posted May 20 2009 - 02:17 PM

Besides a few exceptions, I watch all my films somewhere between reference level and -5 from reference level.....why would you not want to watch near ref level unless you dont like it loud and dynamic (which would be OK)? I have my speakers setup in the standard rec 7.1 arrangement in a somewhat treated (bass traps/first reflection traps) 12 x 17.5 room calibrated with AVIA.....

#17 of 18 OFFLINE   Yumbo

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Posted May 20 2009 - 08:19 PM

Volume is low, especially with dialogue. Picture is so-so.

#18 of 18 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted June 01 2009 - 04:24 PM

I watched this last night. All in all, not a bad movie - better than I was expecting. It had a decent story. Visually, it was extremely impressive - the high contrasted scenes really stood out and detail was outstanding at times. Some shots were soft and I believe this movie was shot on digital film, so some video noise was present at times. However, I think the transfer was generally very good. A small complaint - but the werewolf CGI didn't look too good at times. This surprised me somewhat.





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