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Blu-ray Reviews: Disaster Movie

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Last updated 17 June 2009

Disaster Movie
2008 - Icon Film Distribution Pty Ltd
Director: Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer
Starring: Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, G. Thang, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan, Kimberly Kardashian, Ike Barinholtz and Carmen Electra

Movie: 2 Picture: 4.5 Sound: 4 Extras: 2.5

No review as yet.

Running time: 87 minutes
Picture: 1.85:1, 1080p24, MPEG4 AVC @ 27.98Mbps
Sound: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 16/48 3/2.1 @ 2334kbps (Core: DTS 16/48, 3/2.1 @ 1536kbps); English: Dolby Digital 3/2.1 @ 640kbps
Subtitles: Nil
Extras: 9 Featurettes (1080i50, MPEG4 AVC, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 49 mins)
Restrictions: Rated M (Australian rating); Locked to Region B

This is the video bitrate graph for this movie, generated by BDInfo 0.5.2:

Disaster Movie video bitrate graph

Comparison: Blu-ray vs PAL DVD

Here are some comparisons between the PAL DVD and the Blu-ray version of this movie. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray versions were from test samples provided to me by Icon.

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, 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. This has not been scaled at all.

Different applications were used to capture the two frames, so I am not normally comfortable comparing the colour between the two, merely the detail and sharpness. For those visitors from NTSC lands, generally the PAL DVD is just a touch sharper than the NTSC DVD.

Good luck with making out any detail at all with the DVD:

Comparison 1

Note the fact that you can actually see the actor's irises and the small gap in his front teeth with the Blu-ray, but not the DVD:

Comparison 2

With the Blu-ray, you at least have half a chance of making out the brand of the guitar:

Comparison 3

Blu-ray allows this facial expression to be seen in all its goofiness:

Comparison 4

This actor has textured lips, like a real person. This fact is not evident from the DVD:

Comparison 5

Comparison 6

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