Blue-Ray, inconsistent? -
| posts: 3,170 | Location: Canada
I just got a Blue-Ray player last week (Sharp 20U) which I hooked to a 50' plasma via HDMI. And, in all honesty, while the picture is good, Blue-Ray isn't all it's hyped up to be . The main problem is the consistentcy of the picture quality. I bought "Galapagos Islands" Blue-Ray (made by BBC, and same team that did Planet Earth), and while some scenes are breath taking in clarity, and in many scenes you defenitly get the "you are there" feeling because of the depth only seen in HD shows, a lot of scenes also fall flat and look very close to DVD quality. It's like a picture IQ roller coaster, it goes from spectacular to decent depending on what's being shown, very strange, at least with DVD's you could expect a stable quality all the way through. There also don't seem to be any rules to image quality of films being published as "Blue-Ray" films, yes they come on a Blue-Ray and are encoded in 1080p, but they sure don't look like it. I got "The Fugitive" on Blue-Ray and that movie looks almost exactly like a DVD copy I have, far from HD, defenitly not even close to Galapagos Islands. There is just such a huge difference between movie transfers, it's riduculus to say the least, I watched some MIII (Blue-ray) at friends house and it's just spectacular, so the potential is defenitly there, but unfortunatly it seems that when you buy a Blue-Ray film you just don't know what you'll really get. I'll defenitly be reading up reviews on the discs from now on before renting/buying.