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Heavy Compression??? [Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials Blu-ray)

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I got the steelbook edition of this new release, and the steelbook does look amazing. The artwork is great and the discs are great.

I'm not an expert on this which is why I wanted to ask, anyone else feel like they're watching heavily compressed video? I think the quality looks so bad for a disc. It feels like I'm streaming it, not watching it on a disc. I ripped it onto my pc and took plenty of screenshots to make sure.

Check them out here - https://imgur.com/a/bibrjzN

For comparison: 

I took these screenshots by syncing them up on Premiere Pro, I believe some sort of LUT has been applied to both so the colours will range and not look like HDR usually does on a SDR monitor. I personally don't think the Blu-ray looks any less compressed than the 4K streaming versions. The sound quality also isn't great. These screenshots shouldn't be too compressed either.

For my own personal enjoyment, I might sync the (still not amazing) 5.1 mix from the disc to the Disney+ HDR video for these episodes eventually. I'm also interested in using Topaz Video AI on the Disney+ ones to experiment with perhaps getting back some lost quality from compression.
Comparing the screenshots taken from the Blu-ray with the 4K ones, I'd go with the last ones all the time!

Curious to know the bitrate used by both.

Topaz Video AI: I'd not use it; as there are two 4K version, I'd merge them to get the best resolution AND to get rid of the BBC logo.
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(2023-12-20, 09:11 AM)spoRv Wrote: Comparing the screenshots taken from the Blu-ray with the 4K ones, I'd go with the last ones all the time!

Curious to know the bitrate used by both.

Topaz Video AI: I'd not use it; as there are two 4K version, I'd merge them to get the best resolution AND to get rid of the BBC logo.
I'll probably at some point sync the disc's soundtrack with the Disney+ video since that's the best looking to me. I can always apply a LUT and create an SDR version or go through the effort of matching the colours to the Blu-ray eventually. Every version available is quite soft looking but I still prefer the 4K streaming versions to the Blu-ray. I asked on reddit about it and I could tell it was the wrong place. Got massively downvoted haha.
(2023-12-20, 09:11 AM)spoRv Wrote: Comparing the screenshots taken from the Blu-ray with the 4K ones, I'd go with the last ones all the time!

Curious to know the bitrate used by both.

Topaz Video AI: I'd not use it; as there are two 4K version, I'd merge them to get the best resolution AND to get rid of the BBC logo.
14.4mb/s for the Disney+ version
18.7mb/s for the iPlayer version
29.8mb/s for the Blu-ray

I'm curious as to what went wrong with the blu-ray, as it still looks weirdly soft.
(This post was last modified: 2023-12-23, 09:39 PM by xZempty_. Edit Reason: said sharp instead of soft! )

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