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Old 04-16-2009, 01:59 PM
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And, on the subject of this review.... I think it's well done. I eagerly await my boxset. Fox seems to have done a bang up job on all three. Very nice.

Although, I don't believe this was a new encode as the file sizes for the feature reported by DVDBeaver are nearly the same (megabytes off) and under 25 gigs. Still, even at that, the original Last Stand was pretty good in the PQ/AQ department so I don't care.... it's just numbers.
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So...this disc has better or equally as good picture quality as The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, The Matrix? Hardly...the errant softness that I see throughout the presentation, as well as the distracting grain (and to me it IS distracting) this merits a 4 stars for video at best.
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So an almost 3 year old encode gets 5 stars on PQ and AQ? X3 looked great...back in 2006, but with only minor improvements (not visible to the eye) it gets the highest marks possible?
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So...this disc has better or equally as good picture quality as The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, The Matrix? Hardly...the errant softness that I see throughout the presentation, as well as the distracting grain (and to me it IS distracting) this merits a 4 stars for video at best.
TDK (non IMAX scenes) and The Matrix are not 5 star worthy either. TDK has uber-thick edge halos and DNR that runs rampant across the entire non IMAX runtime. The Matrix has EE as well.... and a few moments of noticeable blocking.
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yeah I'm not understanding the "new" 5 star pq either.
sounds like 4.5 would be more accurate.
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I own the original release of The Last Stand. I guess the question I am asking myself is do I double dip for the features?? I may have to on this one. Usually I try to avoid double dips but I really like the features that are on this disc vs the original release. Casino Royale was another double dip I purchased recently and I am glad I did on that one.
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yeah I'm not understanding the "new" 5 star pq either.
sounds like 4.5 would be more accurate.
In the end does it really matter much? I think the answer is that it looks very good.
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Since it's not a significant improvement why bump up the video quality from 4 stars to 5?
from the review:

"I did quite a few A/B compares, and on a few shots -- such as a cool moment where Angel opens his wings, and a very CGI-laden death scene -- I thought I saw a very slight increase in the finest textures."

"The only other improvement is the lack of artifacts -- the original Blu-ray suffered from moments of noise, and banding. None of that is present here."
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maybe I'll finally buy this one.... I was waiting for a more comprehensive package. Not really feelign the bug right now though.
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I own the original release of The Last Stand. I guess the question I am asking myself is do I double dip for the features?? I may have to on this one. Usually I try to avoid double dips but I really like the features that are on this disc vs the original release. Casino Royale was another double dip I purchased recently and I am glad I did on that one.

Well if you buy the trilogy set, you're not really paying much more than buying the first two individually anyway. I'd go for it.

The Last Stand was actually the last movie I bought on DVD before I got into Blu-Ray, so I'm looking forward to replacing my trilogy with the Blu-Ray set. And as an X-Men fanatic, I'm definitely interested in watching that Comic Book History doc.
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