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Blu-ray Reviews: The 6th Day

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Last updated 26 September 2009

The 6th Day
2000 - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker, Sarah Wynter, Wendy Crewson, Rodney Rowland, Terry Crews, Ken Pogue, Colin Cunningham and Robert Duvall

Movie: 3.5 Picture: TBA Sound: TBA Extras: 2.5

No review as yet.

Running time: 117 minutes
Picture: 2.40:1, 1080p24, MPEG4 AVC @ 22.96Mbps
Sound: English: Dolby TrueHD 16/48 3/2.1 @ 1540kbps (core: Dolby Digital 5.1 @ 640kbps); Spanish: Dolby TrueHD 16/48 3/2.1 @ 1515kbps (core: Dolby Digital 5.1 @ 640kbps); Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian: Dolby Digital 3/2.1 @ 640kbps
Subtitles: English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish
Extras: 10 Featurettes (4:3, 480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 64 mins); 2 'Repet' commercials (4:3, 480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 3 mins); 2 Animatics (4:3, 480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 6 mins); 3 Storyboard Comparisons (4:3, 480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 8 mins); 2 Trailers for 'other movies (1080p24, MPEG2, DD5.1 @ 640kbps - 3 mins); Blu-ray promo (1080p24, MPEG2, DD5.1 @ 640kbps - 1 min); 7669 Test Patterns (1080p24, MPEG2 - 1 min)
Restrictions: Rated M (Australian rating); Region Free

The following video bitrate graph was generated by BDInfo 0.5.2:

The 6th Day video bitrate graph

Comparison: Blu-ray vs PAL DVD

Here are some comparisons between the Australian PAL DVD and the Blu-ray versions of this movie. The DVD version was one I had previously purchased, while the Blu-ray version was a commercial copy provided to me by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia.

In the following examples, at the top of each is the full frame (suitably shrunk down) used in the comparison, with a 250 pixel wide detail from the frame underneath. The left side is from the PAL DVD. The image was captured digitally from the disc (using VideoReDo Plus), scaled up from its native 720 by 576 resolution to 1,024 by 576 (to present in the 16:9 aspect ratio), and then, in order to be comparable to the Blu-ray version, from that to 1,920 by 1,080. The detail is from that last scaled version, and has not been rescaled again. The right side is from the Australian Blu-ray (captured using the command-line media player MPplayer). This has not been scaled at all.

Since different applications were used to capture the two frames, I am not normally comfortable comparing the brightness or colour between the two. For those visitors from NTSC lands, generally PAL DVDs are just a touch sharper than NTSC DVDs.

Note the relative high levels of video noise in the DVD, manifesting as a kind of mottled appearance of the subject's neck. Also note how much shinier the helment appears in the Blu-ray, thanks to the coherence of the reflections:

Comparison 1

The Blu-ray loses the vertical ghost lines of the DVD and instead injects an enormous amount of details (5331!):

Comparison 2

Can you see the flag atop the white centre building? Or the strap holding the helicopter's rotor? Or the vertical window dividers in the dark brown building?

Comparison 3

Text, as always, separates the Blu-ray from the DVD very clearly:

Comparison 4

Comparison 5

Finally, wow:

Comparison 6

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