Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Graduate

image host The Graduate is a true classic and you don't need me to tell you how good it is. Instead, lets look at the different High Definition transfers there are of this film. Studio Canal first released the HD DVD of this in 2007 while giving distribution rights to Momentum to release in the UK and Kinowelt Home Entertainment for Germany. The first thing to look into in any Studio Canal release is whether or not there is that high pitch noise on the soundtrack that so many complain about. It is a result of taking a master that runs at 25fps and slowing it down to NTSC speed of 24fps. According to John at dvdtown it does not suffer from this problem. Others (at avsreview) unquestionably hear the annoying pitch problem. Recently (June of 2009) MGM released its own transfer on Blu-ray in the US and Fox released it in Canada.

Thanks to Comcast
I don't have all the information I want on every release but the general picture still comes across.
Expand each title for disc info and screenshots by clicking the +/-
+/-FR HD DVD (Released 7/1/2007)-Studio Canal


Review: dvdtown.com highdefdigest.com hometheaterforum.com

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+/-US Blu-Ray (Released 6/2/2009)-MGM
Total   Video                                
Title                                                           Codec   Length  Movie Size      Disc Size       Bitrate Bitrate Main Audio Track                          Secondary Audio Track
-----                                                           ------  ------- --------------  --------------  ------- ------- ------------------                        ---------------------
00019.MPLS                                                      MPEG-2  1:45:55 19,734,417,408  21,403,381,704  24.84   19.70   DTS-HD Master 5.1 3279Kbps (48kHz/24-bit)
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DISC INFO:

Disc Title:     THE_GRADUATE
Disc Size:      21,403,381,704 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        No
BDInfo:         0.5.2

PLAYLIST REPORT:

Name:                   00019.MPLS
Size:                   19,734,417,408 bytes
Length:                 1:45:55 (h:m:s)
Total Bitrate:          24.84 Mbps
Description:

VIDEO:

Codec                   Bitrate             Description
-----                   -------             -----------
MPEG-2 Video            19696 kbps          1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9

AUDIO:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description
-----                           --------        -------         -----------
DTS-HD Master Audio             English         3279 kbps       5.1 / 48 kHz / 3279 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio             English         224 kbps        2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio             French          224 kbps        2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

SUBTITLES:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description
-----                           --------        -------         -----------
Presentation Graphics           English         36.542 kbps        
Presentation Graphics           French          0.070 kbps         
Presentation Graphics           Spanish         29.514 kbps        

FILES:

Name            Time In         Length          Size            Total Bitrate
----            -------         ------          ----            -------------
00028.M2TS      0:00:00.000     1:45:55.349     19,734,417,408  24,841

CHAPTERS:

Number          Time In         Length          Avg Video Rate  Max 1-Sec Rate  Max 1-Sec Time  Max 5-Sec Rate  Max 5-Sec Time  Max 10Sec Rate  Max 10Sec Time  Avg Frame Size  Max Frame Size  Max Frame Time
------          -------         ------          --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------
1               0:00:00.000     0:03:07.395     20,240 kbps     28,694 kbps     00:02:41.161    26,257 kbps     00:02:40.535    25,334 kbps     00:02:40.535    105,497 bytes   491,057 bytes   00:03:07.395
2               0:03:07.395     0:05:51.893     19,358 kbps     25,727 kbps     00:04:29.394    22,841 kbps     00:04:13.127    21,845 kbps     00:06:20.880    100,922 bytes   529,787 bytes   00:06:20.922
3               0:08:59.288     0:04:34.232     20,125 kbps     36,019 kbps     00:09:43.958    32,488 kbps     00:09:43.958    30,899 kbps     00:09:43.958    104,922 bytes   698,536 bytes   00:09:47.253
4               0:13:33.521     0:03:13.902     19,756 kbps     28,006 kbps     00:16:46.422    22,690 kbps     00:16:12.137    21,851 kbps     00:16:07.174    103,000 bytes   518,893 bytes   00:16:15.724
5               0:16:47.423     0:04:12.001     19,403 kbps     25,909 kbps     00:18:13.717    23,233 kbps     00:18:13.258    21,812 kbps     00:20:17.174    101,157 bytes   505,506 bytes   00:20:59.424
6               0:20:59.424     0:03:37.216     20,939 kbps     29,904 kbps     00:21:08.225    28,448 kbps     00:23:54.433    27,293 kbps     00:23:49.803    109,168 bytes   619,387 bytes   00:22:44.404
7               0:24:36.641     0:05:17.191     19,989 kbps     30,840 kbps     00:28:50.979    27,470 kbps     00:28:50.103    25,243 kbps     00:28:47.892    104,213 bytes   642,487 bytes   00:28:05.600
8               0:29:53.833     0:03:01.639     20,217 kbps     25,408 kbps     00:32:54.472    23,481 kbps     00:31:21.087    22,709 kbps     00:32:45.463    105,402 bytes   447,275 bytes   00:32:55.139
9               0:32:55.473     0:05:07.181     17,684 kbps     23,224 kbps     00:34:45.833    21,031 kbps     00:35:40.888    20,292 kbps     00:35:40.096    92,198 bytes    496,668 bytes   00:37:58.651
10              0:38:02.655     0:06:30.056     20,139 kbps     39,388 kbps     00:42:50.734    34,373 kbps     00:40:48.154    34,107 kbps     00:40:44.150    104,995 bytes   698,531 bytes   00:40:44.066
11              0:44:32.711     0:10:30.588     18,821 kbps     36,095 kbps     00:55:01.506    23,695 kbps     00:46:34.833    21,711 kbps     00:46:29.828    98,122 bytes    698,531 bytes   00:46:26.492
12              0:55:03.300     0:07:20.982     21,838 kbps     37,615 kbps     00:56:02.901    36,674 kbps     00:55:38.460    36,396 kbps     00:55:53.892    113,852 bytes   698,531 bytes   00:55:04.009
13              1:02:24.282     0:05:23.531     17,687 kbps     34,599 kbps     01:04:24.151    31,199 kbps     01:04:22.650    29,852 kbps     01:04:19.021    92,212 bytes    698,531 bytes   01:04:35.329
14              1:07:47.813     0:02:34.612     20,131 kbps     29,625 kbps     01:09:08.144    25,753 kbps     01:09:04.849    23,612 kbps     01:09:02.513    104,955 bytes   662,043 bytes   01:09:24.034
15              1:10:22.426     0:03:05.518     18,432 kbps     36,451 kbps     01:10:48.077    32,187 kbps     01:10:44.156    25,880 kbps     01:10:39.151    96,097 bytes    698,531 bytes   01:10:48.994
16              1:13:27.945     0:03:06.853     22,261 kbps     37,199 kbps     01:14:18.787    34,866 kbps     01:14:14.783    34,553 kbps     01:14:09.778    116,056 bytes   698,531 bytes   01:15:24.269
17              1:16:34.798     0:04:35.483     20,259 kbps     38,284 kbps     01:18:15.023    34,320 kbps     01:18:11.019    30,947 kbps     01:17:04.077    105,623 bytes   684,487 bytes   01:18:15.816
18              1:21:10.282     0:04:19.759     18,951 kbps     27,137 kbps     01:23:25.417    22,363 kbps     01:23:21.454    21,453 kbps     01:23:22.997    98,801 bytes    476,129 bytes   01:22:49.381
19              1:25:30.041     0:02:37.073     19,100 kbps     22,987 kbps     01:25:37.257    21,713 kbps     01:25:46.432    21,030 kbps     01:25:41.803    99,579 bytes    411,670 bytes   01:28:07.073
20              1:28:07.115     0:02:07.293     20,302 kbps     39,291 kbps     01:28:46.904    32,889 kbps     01:28:45.653    27,088 kbps     01:28:46.654    105,847 bytes   668,562 bytes   01:28:50.450
21              1:30:14.409     0:03:28.583     19,495 kbps     36,286 kbps     01:33:39.697    26,179 kbps     01:33:37.987    23,253 kbps     01:33:32.982    101,637 bytes   698,531 bytes   01:33:41.115
22              1:33:42.992     0:07:36.372     19,966 kbps     40,104 kbps     01:38:55.638    35,647 kbps     01:38:29.528    35,290 kbps     01:38:29.528    104,096 bytes   698,531 bytes   01:34:19.904
23              1:41:19.364     0:03:10.106     20,764 kbps     37,631 kbps     01:43:51.266    35,464 kbps     01:43:52.059    35,200 kbps     01:43:50.557    108,256 bytes   695,381 bytes   01:44:09.243
24              1:44:29.471     0:01:25.877     15,769 kbps     37,101 kbps     01:45:25.027    24,022 kbps     01:45:22.190    20,377 kbps     01:45:17.185    82,255 bytes    698,533 bytes   01:45:27.696

STREAM DIAGNOSTICS:

File            PID             Type            Codec           Language                Seconds                 Bitrate                 Bytes           Packets
----            ---             ----            -----           --------                --------------          --------------          -------------   -----
00028.M2TS      4113 (0x1011)   0x02            MPEG-2                                  6355.182                19,696                  15,646,571,919  85,124,451
00028.M2TS      4352 (0x1100)   0x86            DTS-HD MA       eng (English)           6355.182                3,279                   2,605,226,488   15,157,495
00028.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3             eng (English)           6355.182                224                     177,950,080     993,025
00028.M2TS      4354 (0x1102)   0x81            AC3             fra (French)            6355.182                224                     177,950,080     993,025
00028.M2TS      4608 (0x1200)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           6355.182                37                      29,029,532      166,441
00028.M2TS      4609 (0x1201)   0x90            PGS             spa (Spanish)           6355.182                30                      23,446,332      135,705
00028.M2TS      4610 (0x1202)   0x90            PGS             fra (French)            6355.182                0                       55,854          331

Review: Discussion at avsforum.com dvdbeaver.com blu-ray.com

Screenshots:

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Comparison Review: Screenshot Comparison
It seems that people fall on either side of the fence here. I think some people see MPEG-2 and say it cannot possibly be better than VC-1 so the Blu-ray must be bad. The Blu-ray is of course an improvement over the DVD and resembles the 40th anniversary master in many ways. It seems as if this transfer was made a few years back when MPEG-2 wasn't so arcane but the movie still looks decent for being over 40 years old. Having only seen screenshots it looks as if the Studio Canal transfer was seriously flawed with bad color. The Blu-ray is much richer and if you look specifically at the wedding dress in the last of comparison shots you'll see that MGM seems to have corrected for bad coloring. So- if you want an upgrade on audio and video grab the US Blu-ray for sure.
*Thanks to eric.exe over at AVSforum for some screens and insight.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Update... Comcast Sucks

So I haven't put out anything for a while since I'm stuck with Comcast internet for a bit and 250GB gets eaten up quickly when evaluating 3-4 versions of the same Blu-ray movie. I'll do the best I can without access to all the releases and hopefully still get screen shots from enough versions for the comparisons to be useful.

Netflix is my friend and I've been getting US Blu-rays from them. Starting with the original Assault on Precinct 13 and The Graduate I'll try to offer some insight and comparisons to other versions of the movie.

Also- I'm going to start moving away from Picaso for my images and over to Imageshack HDimage.org since it will actually give full resolution images and some better hotlinking. I see a lot of people are coming to the site through Google images but its only linking them to the thumbnail.