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Blu-ray Reviews: Hollow Man

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Last updated 6 April 2010

Hollow Man
2000 - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Joey Slotnick, Mary Randle, William Devane, Rhona Mitra and Pablo Espinosa

Movie: 2.5 Picture: Awaiting info; Sound: Awaiting info; Extras: Awaiting info

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Running time: 101 minutes
Video: 1.78:1, 1080p24, VC1 @ 25.47Mbps
Sound: English: LPCM 16/48 3/2.1 @ 4608kbps; English: Dolby Digital 3/2.1 @ 640kbps
Subtitles: English, English-Hi, Arabic, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croation, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish
Extras: Awaiting info
Restrictions: Rated MA (Australian rating); Region Free

The following video bitrate graph was generated by BDInfo 0.5.3:

Hollow Man 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.

In addition to the usual PAL DVD, it was also released in Australia in a SuperBit version, enjoying an average video bitrate of 7.09Mbps, some 60% higher than the standard DVD release. It looks about as good as the DVD format is capable of delivering.

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. However the DVD does seem to have a slight pink cast, which is thankfully absent from the Blu-ray. For those visitors from NTSC lands, generally the PAL DVD is just a touch sharper than the NTSC DVD.

Despite me praising the general Superbit transfer, there were some oddities. Notice the jagged stylings of the rat's whiskers. This wasn't a scaling artefact from the manipulations described above. All these did was make those jaggies a little more apparent:

Comparison 1

This shot demonstrates the more natural colour, far greater detail, lack of artefacts and increased sharpness of the Blu-ray:

Comparison 2

This kind of shot really brings out the greater naturalness of the Blu-ray look:

Comparison 3

Comparison 4

With Blu-ray, you can see the texture of Josh Brolin's skin, a suggestion of whiskers lurking just under the sming, along with the texture of his jacket, and even his shirt, and the pattern of his tie:

Comparison 5

Comparison 6

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