Hello all! While this my first post here and hopefully i'll make more friends than foes, some people may know me from a few other sites (CLG wiki, Toms hardware as "Jim and Evil", Amazon). I mainly joined this site for the "Other Preservations" category, as some interesting restorations are a brewin'. I was going to post this there, but this topic is kinda OT and I want to have "good impressions" with some of the higher ups rather than being slammed by them.
Anyways, this thread is for listing Blu-rays with bad transfers in your collection or have viewed/rented. Lowest number being the worst while highest being the least evil of them all. This'll be fun, so lets hear 'em!
Here are mine:
#6 - The Killer (Dragon Dynasty release)
-Horrid 1080i transfer made from PAL master converted to NTSC WITH GHOSTING! The Fortune Star HK Blu-ray, while supposedly an upscale, looks ands sounds better by miles... and... miles (get the song reference).
#5 - The Sword in the Stone
-DNR'd, has wispy "lines" to amount up to an overall over-cleaned digital look like Disney's current fare of blandness. While other Disney BD titles such as Alice in Wonderland and Oliver and Company have similar treatment, TSITS is easily the worst of them.
#4 Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition (and 3D versions)
-Heavy-handed DNR and has (faint) macroblocking... FOR AN H264 ENCODE!! Original 2007 BD with MPEG-2 encode smokes it in terms of picture quality (not just because it has the original grain intact).
#3 - One Eyed Jacks
-Check my amazon review for a detailed : http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3CX94YIJ2ZXLG/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B005GP7F8Y
Surprises me it's currently going for $130 (last I saw), FOR SUCH A THIRD TRANSFER!
#2 - Max Fleischer's Superman: Collectors Edition
-Along with major sync issues (Clark having Lois' voice and vice versa), video quality is similar to...
#1 Max Fleischer's Gulliver's http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Gullivers-Travels-Blu-ray/3184/
-Ey yae yae yae yae!! Not only is it subject to DNR, but its culled from an old betacam master with colors bleeding like no tomorrow, cropped and stretched and manhandled to 1.75:1 along with a choppy frame rate. The production of this release has an interesting backstory of Koch Media staff defending the product with nonsensical babbling and even one of their employees bribing reviewers to give the product 5 stars for "something special", which alone is worthy of reading material. Luckily, the Thunderbean BD/DVD combo pack release (reviewed with it here: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews44/gullivers_travels_blu-ray.htm ) is a vast improvement and a much more faithful transfer. Its sad that a smaller company like TB (run by a single animation preservationist out of most of his own pocket) can do much better work than an established Indie like Koch/E1.