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Blu-ray Reviews: Nanny McPhee

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Last updated 15 March 2010

Nanny McPhee
2005 - Universal Pictures (Australasia) Pty Ltd
Director: Kirk Jones
Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Thomas Sangster, Eliza Bennett, Jennifer Rae Daykin, RaphaŽl Coleman, Samuel Honywood, Holly Gibbs, Hebe Barnes, Zinnia Barnes, Angela Lansbury, Celia Imrie and Imelda Staunton

Movie: 4 Picture: 5 Sound: 4.0 Extras: 4.0

No review as yet.

Running time: 99 minutes
Picture: 2.35:1, 1080p24, VC1 @ 29.80Mbps
Sound: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 24/48 3/2.1 @ 4154kbps (Core: DTS 24/48, 3/2.1 @ 1509kbps); 2 x Spanish, 2 x French, Japanese, German: DTS 24/48 3/2.1 @ 768kbps; Descriptive Video Service, Commentary: Dolby Surround 2/0.0 @ 192kbps
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish (Latin American), French (Canadian), Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Greek, Korean, Chinese, Chinese, English (Commentary), Japanese (Commentary), French (Commentary), German (Commentary), Spanish (Commentary)
Extras: DVD included as well; My Scenes; 7 Deleted Scenes (480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 13 mins); 4 Featurettes (480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 29 mins); Gag Reel (480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 3 mins)
Restrictions: Rated PG (Australian rating); Regions Free

The following video bitrate graph was generated by BDInfo 0.5.3:

Nanny McPhee video bitrate graph

Comparison: Blu-ray vs PAL DVD

Here are some comparisons between the Australian PAL DVD and the Australia Blu-ray version of this movie. The Blu-ray was supplied to me by Universal. The PAL DVD was included in the pack as a special extra.

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 correct aspect ratio) by the application. I then scaled it, in order for it to be comparable to the Blu-ray version, to 1,920 pixels wide.

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, however in general encodes taken from the same master do tend to look largely similar. In this comparison there are clear differences in the colour cast between the two versions, and the brightness levels.

For visitors from NTSC lands, generally the PAL DVD is just a touch sharper than the NTSC DVD.

Comparison 1

Here we have a very fussy, busy scene. And it is here where the Blu-ray allows distinct details to be discerned:

Comparison 2

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