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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of fuzzy dancers!, April 21, 2010
This review is from: Jewels [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Great ballet performances on Blu-ray are a joy to behold, not least because of the stunning HD image, but this one must have been incorrectly mastered as it goes horribly fuzzy as soon as the dancers move. Standing still, they are crystal clear. I own a dozen Blu-rays of ballets, including several produced by Opus Arte, and they all look magnificent and sharp - even in extremely fast movement. I previously bought the DVD of this title, but returned it to the shop as defective. So imagine my disappointment when I saw that the Blu-ray was just as blurry. Hopefully, Opus Arte will correct this when a new pressing is due, but that might take years, I'm afraid. I advise potential customers to stay away from "Jewels". Watching this "smear" gave me a headache and was painful to the eyes. What a pity, as this a a gorgeous balett.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2010 1:10:28 PM PDT
Chris says:
I wish I had listened to this reviewer before I bought this blu-ray. The motion blur is intolerable. Stay away at any cost! BTW, my TV is 120Hz, the motion blue can not be blamed on my TV.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 9:03:49 PM PST
How right you are, sir. I did not buy this blu ray, as even a small movement shown in a catalog appeared to have severe motion blur... your review here has reinforced that fact. Thank you.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 10:55:14 AM PDT
Hawfinch says:
The review at blu-ray-dot-com mentions the problem and includes a response from Opus Arte:

"One of the encoders for Jewels was actually kind enough to contact me a few days ago and explain that what you see on the Blu-ray transfer is the best that the show can look due to the fact that the project was shot with 25p cameras and this isn't typically the best choice for fast-action ballets. Furthermore, the show had to be converted to 60i for worldwide compatibility which obviously fuels the tiny motion judder I mentioned above."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2015 11:21:06 PM PST
Someone has stated that switching the BD output from 1080p to 1080i helps eliminate the jitter. Has anyone one here tried this? Thanks.
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