Infernal Affairs: Megastar Blu-Ray vs R2UK Tartan

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Infernal Affairs: Megastar Blu-Ray vs R2UK Tartan

Unread post by tom2681 » 07 May 2008, 20:34

Note1: Yes, I know this comparison has already been made. But hey, one more can't hurt.
Note2: The Blu-Ray has a slight audio sync issue (at least mine does). The sound is late by about 0.05 seconds.

If you're not sensitive to this type of issue, you won't even notice it.
But if you are, it will drive you nuts (unless you have a way to fix it).

Blu-Ray top.
Tartan DVD bottom.


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- The BD transfer is a bit soft, yes, but that's exactly what IA looked like when I saw it in the theater 4 years ago.
I suspect it has more to do with how the film was shot than how the print was scanned.
- The BD transfer looks brighter than its UK counterpart, and it's not setup-related. It really is brighter.

If all you've got is the Tartan disc, buy the BD. It's a real eye-opener.
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Unread post by Lourdes » 07 May 2008, 22:26

What do you mean by soft? It's a very grainy film that looks a little overexposed, I'd call it harsh if anything.
By the way if you're going to create a duplicate comparison you don't need to remove "Blu-ray" from the link to the original in the sticky. ;)

What settings were you using? I found the last cap from this with the ones I use for comparisons (except decoder) and it was very close.

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Unread post by bradavon » 08 May 2008, 01:36

Thanks Tom.

I own the UK DVD so look forward to upgrading. I'll be getting the forthcoming HK BD box set.

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Unread post by tom2681 » 08 May 2008, 12:12

Lourdes wrote:What do you mean by soft?
If there's no fine detail in a transfer, I call it "soft".
What do you call it?
I agree with you on the "overexposed" and the "grainy".
Lourdes wrote:you don't need to remove "Blu-ray" from the link
I didn't. :wink:
The "Blu-Ray tag" is something that I came up with fairly recently, so old comparisons (before march 2008) don't have it.
Lourdes wrote:What settings were you using?
Same as you, AFAIK.
MPC internal AVC decoder and Haali renderer (unsure about the settings on that one).

Did you notice the A/V sync issue BTW?
Or is it just me?
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Unread post by Lourdes » 08 May 2008, 15:12

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/8430/sdfdg2.jpg
Done with the same settings, yeah I think we're good. Leave Haali as default (-0.61, auto and TV).

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Unread post by tom2681 » 08 May 2008, 15:15

Seems like the sharpness setting in Haali doesn't do anything.
You've got -0.61, I've got -0.00, and we've got the same result.
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Unread post by Lourdes » 08 May 2008, 15:39

I never actually noticed the setting before it before but it seems -0.61 is the default. I did some reading and that setting only comes into play when upscaling so it doesn't matter for us.

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