The Streetfighter VCI reg 0 vs Optimum R2 vs HK Vidéo R2FR

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The Streetfighter VCI reg 0 vs Optimum R2 vs HK Vidéo R2FR

Unread post by saltysam » 12 Jan 2007, 18:15

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Unread post by Markgway » 12 Jan 2007, 18:20

Lol, time to throw that VCI in the bin, eh? :D
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Unread post by HungFist » 12 Jan 2007, 19:05

HK Video caps

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/4400 ... hkvfb9.jpg
http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/4278 ... hkvon1.jpg
http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/9426 ... hkvdx5.jpg
http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/8128 ... hkvfo8.jpg

Cap 1: HK Video is better, although contrast boosted
Cap 2: HK Video wins, Optimum has ugly blue tint
Cap 3: Optimum looks clearly better, HV Video's contast & brightness boosting hurts the eye.

Hard to say with just three caps, but I'd say HK Video is a little better, but not that much. Optimum is too dark and has worse colours, HK Video is too bright and contrast boosted (very common with their japanese movie releases, unfortunately).


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Unread post by HungFist » 25 May 2007, 20:22

Top: Toei
Bottom: HK Video

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Toei wins IMO I’m afraid. What? You don’t agree? :lol: Want and explanation? Okay. HK Video’s problem is that whenever it doesn’t look fantastic (the dark scenes) it looks off, and in more ways than one. Their usual added blue tint makes an appearance and causes charactes to look sea sick from time to time. Their brightness boosting on the other hand makes faces look pale. And when you have a pale blue face it just doesn’t look right. It’s more distracting when playing the film than in freeze frame caps.

Toei is soft as hell, yeah. That’s very unfortunate. You can probably (I can at least) make it better by turning every sharpness setting you have to maximum but you can’t make it good or sharp no matter what. But personally I find it less distracting than HK Video’s brightness boosting and incorrect colours.

So, there’s only bad options. Considering the price and quality Optimum might be the best option for most people. It does have quite an ugly green tint (not visible in our caps) and it’s dark but none of the dvds is good. Toei is my choise for now, but I wish someone released this film on R1. Just don’t let it be Ronin Entertainment.

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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 26 May 2007, 04:11

Talk about being pwned. You spent a zillion dollars on the R2J and it turns out to be a hunk of shit compared to the cheap UK release.

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Unread post by HungFist » 26 May 2007, 10:15

EvaUnit02 wrote:Talk about being pwned. You spent a zillion dollars on the R2J and it turns out to be a hunk of shit compared to the cheap UK release.
It didn't turn out, I knew excatly how it was gonna look. It's better than HK Video or Optimum for sure.

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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 26 May 2007, 10:23

Words of a man in denial.

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Unread post by HungFist » 26 May 2007, 10:43

Well, that doesn't really matter. It's better to own the dvd you think is the best and than the dvd someone else thinks is the best.

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Unread post by Shingster » 26 May 2007, 17:55

In which case it's even better to just buy the cheapest DVD out there and then delude yourself further that it is the best. :P

Is the Optimum release progressive? Doesn't look like there's anything to seperate it from the Toei otherwise. The HKVideo is the sharpest in appearance, but it looks like it's been filtered to the moon and back.

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Unread post by HungFist » 26 May 2007, 18:09

It's a bit hard when Toei looks so much better...

...but the rest of you go ahead and buy the Optimum disc and we can all be happy :)

I'd assume Optimum is progressive but some scenes come with a pretty ugly green tint (funnily HK Video is usually blue in those scenes, while Toei is the only one with natural colors

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Unread post by Shingster » 26 May 2007, 18:22

You should have taken grabs from those green/blue tinted scenes then, coz the scenes you have taken show hardly any difference at all between the Optimum/Toei transfers! This is a bleedin comparison forums not a "take screengrabs of your favourite scenes forum"! :D

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Unread post by HungFist » 26 May 2007, 18:32

Uhm, I don't have Optimum. I haven't taken caps of it. If did own it I wouldn've taken caps of the green scenes.

But I bet the second shot in my HK Video vs Toei comparison is green on Optimum

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Unread post by HungFist » 26 May 2007, 18:56

okay, here's comparison to two dvdbeaver caps. That's the best I can do without owning the Optimum

Top: Optimum beaver
Middle: Toei
Bottom: HK Video

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looking at it now, I'm not sure if there's that much actual green tint on Optimum. It's green but maybe partly because of the darkness, gamma or something ??? I don't know about these tech things, what's causing what.

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Unread post by Shingster » 26 May 2007, 21:12

Nah there's no green or blue tinting going on, the percieved difference in colour balance is probably mostly down to the differing brightness levels, with: Optimum = dark, HKvideo = bright.

I might have the Optimum tucked away somewhere (review check-disc), so I'll have a look later and if I do have it I'll take some grabs to match up to some of your Toei ones.

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