Feb 012010

Blu ray screencaps from Valkyrie.

Valkyrie is based on a true story about an assassination attempt on Hitler.  The film is set in 1944 and stars Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus Von Stauffenberg.

This was the 15th attempt on Hitler's life and although the movie changes a few things for dramatic purposes it does keep the main assassination scene and what follows afterwards pretty much how it was supposed to have happened.

I found the film rivetting and Cruise's performance was very good.  The supporting cast all did a fine job and Bryan Singers direction was good.  The film was shot in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio using Fuji and Kodak fine grain film stock.

My BD impressions are that this is a reference transfer, you will notice that some scenes have a light grain texture while others have almost no visible grain and this was clearly intentional and they chose this look for artistic purposes, the blu ray screenshots from Valkyrie show just how good this blu ray release is.

I found the image quality to be film like and considered it excellent.  Sound quality was equally impressive with nice split surround sound, clear speech and when called for some very deep and room shaking bass.  I consider this reference quality for both image and sound.

I saw no compression problems with the transfer which stood out under normal viewing conditions and no annoying edge enhancement or other processing issues. 

View blu ray movie screencaps from Valkyrie below.

Tom Cruise in ValkyrieGerman soldiers plot to kll Hitler in ValkyrieDay for night scene from ValkyrieOffice scene from ValkyrieOfficers gather to drink Guinness in ValkyrieOfficers discuss premature baldness in ValkyrieDriving to the wolf's lair in valkyrieNice closeup in ValkyrieFantasic aerial camera shot from ValkyrieVon Stauffenberg arrives in ValkyrieGerman officer asks who ate his sausages are in ValkyrieHandwriting scene from ValkyrieKenneth Branagh searches for a Norse God's hammer in ValkyrieGerman marksmen prepare to fire in ValkyrieGerman courts give out swift and deadly punishment in Valkyrie