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Spin the Disc: It was Minty ...




Dark Water

It was Minty ...

St Elmo's Fire

That was bad ...

The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts

Brewster's Millions

Love actually, is all around

$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts

Farewell to Frasier

Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock

Dark Water
It was Minty ...
St Elmo's Fire
That was bad ...
The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts
Brewster's Millions
Love actually, is all around
$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts
Farewell to Frasier
Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock -->







It was Minty ...
Thursday, July 26th, 2007 6:03 PM

Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac is hands down one of the best films I’ve seen in 2007. It was an unexpected movie from my favorite director and despite this I went into the theater expecting the worst because of the dry subject matter. Thankfully, this movie was nothing like my expectation. While it runs a little over 2.5 hours long, I never felt a minute of it. The movie is edited so tightly, the excitement never dissipates.

Because I eagerly awaited the DVD, I was somewhat disappointed to find that this release would not have any supplements or be accompanied by a high definition version as originally planned. The silver lining to this is that with a little patience, David Prior, producer of such Fincher discs as Panic Room and Fight Club, will give us the Zodiac SE in 2008, which is expected to be a 2 disc set and hopefully will be packed with extras. This release is also expected to coincide release with the HD versions, which were postponed only today (the theatrical cut was originally expected on release day, July 24th 2007, then September 18th, and now sometime in 2008).

What we get here is a DVD-9 fully devoted to allowing Zodiac to breath and because of its running time, that’s a good thing. The 2.40 anamorphic video looks very good. There is no print damage as the movie was shot in HD video and I presume this a direct digital to digital transfer. Much of the movie takes place in the dark and in the shadows, a challenge for any DVD. Compression artifacts and edge enhancement are kept to a minimum and on most monitors this will appear great. On a 720p front projector the image looks perfect. On a high resolution 1080p+ monitor, the compression artifacts are noticeable near the top of the frame but not distracting. Colors are muted as per the intention of the filmmaker to convey the 1960s/70s atmosphere. There are some noticeable moire patterns in certain scenes (Dr. Toschi’s plaid suit, the push in over San Franscisco Bay, The Oil Refinery exterior, etc.). Overall, a very good image. That said, I can’t wait for this to arrive in HD, I’m sure it will look fantastic.

The audio is clear and there are some nice surround effects but they’re subtle and not overwhelming as to be expected in non-action movie.

As mentioned earlier, there are absolutely no supplements, a disappointment to be sure. I can’t wait for 2008 to see the SE with the directors cut, and to see this film in HD. While this movie is fantastic and the urge to double dip is monumental, I’d recommend waiting for the SE if you can manage it.



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