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The Phantom (1996)
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Posted January 30 2010 - 12:07 PM
I noticed this film is due for a release on Feb.7 through Maple Pictures ( Lionsgate ). I just got a copy and will be comparing it to the SD dvd tonight so for anyone who is interested in buying this title I can give them an idea of what to expect. I do hope the transfer does justice to the blu ray format. I have heard that some releases from Maple Pictures have been less than stellar in the past. I guess Paramount feels it is not worth the bother to release it themselves. Really not a bad film at all, in fact it's a lot of fun and I love the aircraft sequences. It lists the Audio as being 7.1 DTS-HD. Good excuse to fire up the pj so any glaring issues should be obvious, if any.
Posted January 30 2010 - 07:09 PM
A quick comparison definitely shows the blu ray version is a nice improvement - a fair number of specks were noticeable throughout the film and it seemed to have a somewhat "processed" look to it in general - perhaps some DNR or EE at work here - not really sure as I do not have much experience with those artifacts.Some long shots tended to be a bit soft looking, colors and blacks were much improved, along with detail, always quite good but sometimes much more so. Basically the SD really shows it's limitations. Also, the DTS-HD soundtrack is more detailed with better bass extension. Considering the 15.00 I paid for it this release is well worth it, at least for me. Since I watched it at 128" and still found a lot to like smaller displays will only help it look better no doubt. As usual those with more experience with the film medium will be able to pinpoint any possible problems with the transfer from the HD source to BD. Nice to finally have it on blu ray regardless I still came away impressed with the overall presentation.
Posted January 31 2010 - 12:40 AM
Wow - maybe this means someone will release 'The Shadow' on Blu - all we ever got was a pan & scan SDVD version and that was a pretty fun movie also!
Posted January 31 2010 - 01:13 AM
Thanks for the review, Brent. I like this movie and will probably get it sometime in the future. While it is not a great movie, it is a fun movie. I've enjoyed watching the DVD from time to time. The next time I'm ready to watch it again I'll upgrade to Blu.
"And in the end, the only thing you really own is... your story. Just trying to live a good one" - The Drover
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