Jul 312013
 

HD comparison images from Charade.

This comparison is between the Criterion collection blu ray release of Charade and the Universal 50th anniversary blu ray release.  To view this comparison you must allow the images to load in your browser and hover your mouse on and off the image, the Criterion edition loads first, to see the Universal version just hover the mouse on the image, hover the mouse off the image to see the Criterion edition, your internet connection speed and how busy the website server is will determine how fast you can view these images, if the connection seems unstable then the server may be busy, come back later.

You can buy the Universal release of Charade by clicking here, it's region free, i have a blu ray film review you can read, it's just a click away, view it here.  Now onto my thoughts concerning these two blu ray editions of Charade.

The Criterion collection blu ray release of Charade and the Universal blu ray release of Charade were created from the same 35mm interpositive and share the same master, they are identical in image quality and i detected no real world differences when viewing both films in motion, if you scrutinize each edition very closely in the supplied screencaps you may see ever so slightly softer film grain in the Universal release, this is not noticeable when in motion, i must empathize how mild this really is, i believe this extremely small difference is due to the codecs used, the Criterion uses the AVC codec and the Universal release uses the VC-1 codec, the latter codec is more efficient and this explains why on the Universal disc the main film feature takes up 28.5GB of space, the Criterion is 33.2GB.

The Criterion blu ray has a 24 bit mono soundtrack using LPCM with the sound coming through the center channel, the Universal edition has the more modern DTS HD Master Audio codec but at 16 bit quality and the sound comes through the left and right speakers, i actually prefer that although most new AV Receivers can easily take a mono center channel mix and output sound to other speakers in your room, i felt that there was no perceptible difference between the sound quality of both of these releases despite one using 24 bit audio quality, i think that on more modern multi channel mixes that 24 bit does make a difference.

The Criterion version comes with a nice audio commentary that is missing from the Universal release, if you never listen to commentaries you can save a lot of money by purchasing the Universal disc, you also get a nice slipcover with that release and can be satisfied that Universal have done the right thing by not tampering negatively with the image quality, check the screencaps below and you will note a few specks here and there at exactly the same points on both discs.

If you read the blu ray disc review at some sites you will notice wild claims about the colour and flesh tones being better on the Criterion release, just ignore such reviews, it's the placebo effect in full force, there are absolutely no visible differences between both discs, they are identical to the naked eye when in motion, i was surprised by this but i am happy to admit it and very pleased, i hope future Universal releases are as good as this one.

Thanks to Will Krupp of home theater forum who supplied this disc for me and is the reason i am able to make this blu ray screencap comparison of Charade.

I would add that if you are a movie lover and like to discuss all things film then i highly recommend becoming a home theater forum member, unlike some sites out there you are treated like an adult and the moderation is done with a light hand, i also enjoy reading the a few words about reviews from the esteemed film restoration expert Mr Robert A Harris, a really good site for film fans to hang out and discuss movies, click here to become a member of that site.

Let me also put to bed the myth that only lossless png files can be used for screencaps, i can assure you that isn't the case, i have been doing these screencaps for years, i have tested out thoroughly what happens when you convert png to jpg, i do that at 100% jpg quality, there is no visible difference, none whatsoever, just to show you this is the case i have an example here, bear in mind red tends to show jpg deficiencies so if there is a difference you should notice it straight away, especially so because i have made the test by converting to just 90% jpg quality, that's lower than the images you will view below, click here for that png vs jpg test.

View a 1080p blu ray screencap comparison of Charade below, the Criterion edition loads first, mouse on each image for the Universal release.

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