A Few Words About A few words about...™ X-Men: The Last Stand -- in BD

Robert Harris

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I was interested in seeing precisely how Fox's BD release of X-Men: The Last Stand would fare on a single layer Blu-Ray disc at a running time of 104 minutes, and the answer turned out to be - impeccably.

Played on the new Panasonic, the film bounced off the screen with color, densities, black levels and resolution intact. I noted no problems whatsoever in image.

With the audio set to lossless DTS-HD Master, but without the ability to properly either extract it from the disc, or play it, the audio still sounded full, rich and booming, even in whatever lossy state one receives as a down-rezzed standard.

The Last Stand is the first Fox BD disc that I've experienced, and I've come away extremely pleased.

What I'd really love to see is the hardware sector of the industry catch up with the discs and allow us to hear the "master" lossless tracks encoded for our listening pleasure, and then stop -- and permit the consumer base to enjoy matching software and hardware, before moving on to yet some other unnecessary level which will again set us out of sync.

With it's effects laden imagery, and heroic audio, the film neatly fits into the "rollercoaster" or "popcorn" category as a film, and isn't precisely what I generally view, but as a piece of software representative of a theatrical experience, it comes Very Highly Recommended.

Fox has done a beautiful job extracting the film, and bringing it to BD.

RAH
 

Dave_P.

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Given how the 1.5mbps down-res sounds I can't even begin to imagine what the Master track will sound like. This is certainly a reference disc.
 

Gekkou

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I'm glad to hear that this title came out so well. It'll be one of the first titles I view when I get my player.
 

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