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Old 10-11-2006, 10:26 AM
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Peter Bracke on The Fugitive:

This Blu-ray release, though an equal with its HD DVD counterpart, doesn't deliver a huge upgrade over the standard DVD release. Still, the video and audio show some improvement in high-def, even if the extras aren't that thrilling. Not a must-have, but this one is worth a look if you don't yet own 'The Fugitive' on disc.

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Old 10-15-2006, 04:25 PM
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The movie itself was just fantastic but the disc could have used some work. It's certainly not a giant leap over the standard DVD release, which was sad. I just stumbled onto this site a little while ago and I must admit I'm extremely impressed by the quality reviews and writing featured herein.
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Default The Fugitive Blu Ray Format Error Found: Disc is full screen NOT widescreen

I recently purchased The Fugitive on Blu Ray and was shocked to find that it is in crappy FULL screen and NOT WIDESCREEN as advertised on the case.
Has anyone else encountered this error?!
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I recently purchased The Fugitive on Blu Ray and was shocked to find that it is in crappy FULL screen and NOT WIDESCREEN as advertised on the case.
Has anyone else encountered this error?!
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The Fugitive has a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. So there should only be slight black bars on the top and bottom. None if your set has overscan. If this is not what you get there must be something with your setup. I own the movie and it is not 4:3.
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The Fugitive has a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. So there should only be slight black bars on the top and bottom. None if your set has overscan. If this is not what you get there must be something with your setup. I own the movie and it is not 4:3.
Personally I find it disappointing little effort has been exerted on the more recent yet slightly dated quality catalog's like this and "The Hurricane" for example. "The Fugitive" is a great movie and deserves better treatment then what they apparently gave the HD DVD/Blu-Ray.
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I agree, while it has been sometime since I viewed The Fugitive on dvd. I recently started watching Blu Ray movies on my PS3. I rented The Dark Knight and I just couldnt believe what I was seeing ! This is on a Sony Full HDTV. So I decided to hit the retail store and found The Fugitive. Fantastic movie and couldnt wait to watch it.

Once the movie started I couldnt believe what I was seeing, the picture quality was so poor I actually stopped the movie and went through all the setting on my PS3. Nothing had changed, so I continued to watch the movie and couldnt help but feel like I just wasted 27 dollars ( New Zealand ).

While im sure the dvd would have been worse on a 40 inch, this was very disappointing. The poor quality also sent me to these forums, to start researching why some blu ray movies have extremely poor video quality, and to find out which movies have the proper video quality.

Unless The Fugitive is one of your favorite movies I wouldnt bother buying it on blu ray. I bought The Road Warrior as well, and I think it was released in 1981 and the video quality is better, but still nothing to brag about. Im really lost as to how it is possible for a blue ray movie to only be slightly better than a dvd, rofl !

The movie is great, the video quality is depressing !

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As I stated in The Road Warrior thread, this blu-ray is hardly the pinacle of the format. MPEG-2 encoding on a measly 25 gigs, sourced from a 1080i master doesn't exactly make for good picture quality. The Fugitive, like many early Warner MPEG/BD-25 releases, needs a new BD to correct the wrongs of the 2006 version.
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The Fugitive, like many early Warner MPEG/BD-25 releases, needs a new BD to correct the wrongs of the 2006 version.
The same could be said about every single Blu-ray released by Sony in 2006.
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All things are relative. If you are replacing an early dvd release of this title, you should see a significant improvement in pq/aq as the title was remastered subsequent to its original dvd release. That is the reason I replaced my original sd-dvd version of this title with a high def version (HD-DVD in my case, but it is the same high def quality as the bd from the review I read). I also don't automatically assume a bd release is bad just because it is on single layer media.
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The same could be said about every single Blu-ray released by Sony in 2006.
Very, very true.

I'd say that every BD supporting studio needs to revisit their circa 2006 releases.

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All things are relative. If you are replacing an early dvd release of this title, you should see a significant improvement in pq/aq as the title was remastered subsequent to its original dvd release. That is the reason I replaced my original sd-dvd version of this title with a high def version (HD-DVD in my case, but it is the same high def quality as the bd from the review I read). I also don't automatically assume a bd release is bad just because it is on single layer media.
Single layer blu-ray is not itself a bad thing. However, in almost every case, a BD-25 combined with MPEG-2 encoding (from the infancy of the format no less.... encoding has come a long way in 2.5 years) does pretty much mean "bad release". The horribleness of most early BD releases is only exaserbated by the fact that the video encode had to share precious space with an absurdly inefficient PCM audio track.

With the use of far more efficient codecs such as AVC or VC-1 for video and Dolby TrueHD for audio, studios can produce perfectly fine results on a BD-SL.
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