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Worst Blu Ray releases?

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what are some Blu rays that honestly are not that much better than the DVD or are bad for other reasons? 
 
 
I can name some 
 
 
 
Predator - overly restored. Looks like some high def video production instead of a film 
 
 
Tremors - just looks terrible. Ridiculous amount of noise reduction and edge enhancement 
 
 
Air Force One- looks way too grainy and soft 
 
 
Batman Begins - looks ridiculously soft and not that much better than the DVD 
 
 
 
Escape from New York - for some reason removes all the special features from the DVD. Why? 
 
 
 
 
Mission Impossible movies - no lossless audio, dated transfers, single layer discs. 
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

 

Unless I've been missing something on the disc for 3 years now, there are no special features about the film-making process at all. Which is really disappointing after Dead Man's Chest and At World's End had several hours of "making of" features.  

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

 

Unless I've been missing something on the disc for 3 years now, there are no special features about the film-making process at all. Which is really disappointing after Dead Man's Chest and At World's End had several hours of "making of" features.  

 

 

it's on the 3D Blu ray. 

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Batman Begins' transfer is sourced from an old DVD master and it could look much better with a new scan. Plus the bit rate is far too low and there's noticeable compression artifacts.

The Dark Knight is an absolute disaster for the most part. The IMAX scenes look great but the 35mm footage is over-sharpened, heavily DNR'ed and contrast boosted

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On 7/10/2014 at 10:26 PM, Jim Shorts said:

I have to agree with JP, 20th anniversary release was supposed to be remastered using the 4k source but way too much noise reduction.  The 2011 release was a bit sharper looking.

 

 

actually you are right. Jurassic Park 1 and 3 both look pretty poor on Blu ray and are clearly sourced from old masters. Lost World however looks fantastic.

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On July 11, 2016 at 0:46 PM, John Marston said:

 

 

actually you are right. Jurassic Park 1 and 3 both look pretty poor on Blu ray and are clearly sourced from old masters. Lost World however looks fantastic.

 

Love the two year bump telling me I was right!

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If we're bumping this anyway, I own several that are pretty crap.

 

 

1408 - There's visible aliasing throughout the whole movie. Stair-stepped jagged edges. Pretty distracting.

Amityville 3-D - Poor, noisy compression, serious 3-D alignment issues with no attempt made to correct them, and missing or incorrect optical elements (wrong, improperly-layered main titles and a completely missing optical effect in one scene).


Amityville: The Awakening - Godawful video compression with banding and macroblocking everywhere. Also only includes the PG-13 cut with no deleted scenes, alternate ending, et cetera, despite there being two prior cuts of the film in existence - an R-rated cut and an unrated test screening cut from before reshoots.

 

The Blair Witch Project - Obviously the bulk of the movie was shot on Hi8 videotape but even the 16mm film elements are presented upscaled from an SD video master on the Blu-ray.

 

Dante's Peak - Like a lot of Universal catalog titles, it's an ancient master slathered with noise reduction and edge enhancement that makes it look like a bunch of wax sculptures standing in front of blurry matte paintings half the time.

 

Dark Water (2005 remake) - Essentially a Blu-ray launch title from Disney. Doesn't include the unrated cut (though that cut is barely any different and pretty inessential) and features a relatively "waxy" overly noise-reduced image.

Final Destination and Final Destination 2 - Old, soft, video-looking masters.

 

Final Destination 3 - Advertises the "interactive" version of the movie with alternate scenes on the back of the case. This feature was on the DVD but is actually not on the Blu-ray at all.

 

Krakatoa, East of Java - Sourced from a cropped, damaged 35mm reduction print of the 65mm movie, with only a mono soundtrack instead of the original six-channel stereo.

 

Jaws 3-D - Poor, noisy compression and serious 3-D alignment issues.

 

The Others - Old, soft master that's barely sharper than the DVD.

 

One Missed Call (2008 remake) - Poor video compression and absolutely zero features - not even a trailer. Especially egregious since this movie had a really interesting and totally screwed-up production history and there's a drastically different director's cut, from which no footage has ever been released.

 

Silent Hill - Essentially a Blu-ray launch title from Sony. Poor video compression and absurdly elevated, milky, gray "black levels" that basically require you to turn your TV's brightness setting way down.

 

Twister - Old, soft, video-looking master.

 

Volcano - Old, soft, video-looking master with obvious video noise instead of film grain.

 

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