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Good movie, bad DVD
on November 29, 2008
Don't get me wrong--I like this movie. I think that considering the hiccups experienced during production and the relative dearth of source material to work with, Bryan Spicer and crew came up with a pretty decent box office submission. I for one was pretty psyched and swept up by the mania that accompanied the MMPR's box office debut.
However, my beef with this product is not concerning the quality of the film--it is with the quality of this DVD release...which is VERY POOR.
The original VHS release was a thing of beauty. By all VHS standards, it was top notch, especially the box art.
This time, the box art is questionable: a stock image of a corona underlying the familiar film title...and, inexplicably, the villain from "TURBO: A Power Rangers Movie" is lurking in the background on the left side of the cover. WTH?
...But it gets worse: the film-to-video transfer of this release is appallingly low quality. The movie seriously looks like a bad pirated version that was shot with an old camcorder (minus the shaky hand). As such it is impossible to make out pretty much any details on ANYTHING throughout the entire movie, which, in this day and age of high-def, is VERY disappointing.
The video bit rate indicates about half (3.5 megabits per second) of the Hollywood standard (about 7-8 megabits per second); granted this would suggest that this release is a single-layered DVD...but somehow I think that whatever compression method was used made the picture quality even worse than a 3.5 mbps bitrate, because I've SEEN single-layered DVDs many a time before and I've NEVER seen a Hollywood-released single-layered DVD look THIS BAD before.
Twentieth Century Fox: FOR SHAME.
Now PLEASE fix the problem with a Blu-ray release, and this time don't SKIMP.