Originally Posted by Scott Calvert
Viewed using Sony BDP-S380
Sony LCD 55 inch
Generic HDMI cables
There are several instances of strange digital "mosquito-noise" hovering just around moving objects against backgrouds with little movement (like trees or other objects against the sky). For a good example check out 1:21:23 when Redford is driving Streep and looking at the zebra and various other wildlife. This looks to me like the noise reduction application "froze" the area of the sky with little movement to get rid of noise while the grain pattern closer to the moving objects (tree branches, the car) transitions into more of a blocky "buzzing" movement. The shot of the birds in the tree immediately after just looks strange. I couldn't find the timestamp for the dark cloud I noticed on my viewing over the weekend. It's a long movie and I don't remember exactly were it was. I'll look for it later when I have more time.
Another one is slightly previous, at 1:19:50 as Streep approaches her home to find Redford and his record player on her porch. The sky pulses with noise that doesn't look natural. Also Redford has been edge enhanced.
There are lots of shots that are overly edge enhanced but the funeral scene is the most noticeable.
What you are seeing is definitely there.
I may be at fault here, for treating the newest Universal releases akin to someone's golf handicap, and I'm wrong. Their earlier releases were so poor that I'm overjoyed to see something like this new OoA, and am tending to be overly kind.
It is apparent to the high level viewer, that the grain reduction knob may have been turned just a bit too high in certain sequences. Fortunately, this does not affect the entire film. If one goes up the viewing surface and takes a good look, you'll find occasional (rare) mosquito noise, as well as a bit of sharpening.
But overall, from a normal viewing distance, the disc is fine, and as I noted, I'm thrilled with it.
Again, and let me be clear, if this were a Sony or Fox disc, I'd be bringing the problems more to the fore, but my (probably incorrect) take on this is to give Universal a bit of breathing room as they get things in line for proper transferring, and allow them to experiment as they ramp up and grow.
I believe that release after release, things are going to be looking better. OoA is one of the first out of the box.