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Another example of horrible HD compression settings
I first saw The Raid at the cinema and was blown away by the film. So I had already decided I was buying a HD copy. Unfortunately I decided to buy my HD copy from iTunes not realising that iTunes HD films come with wildly varying compression settings. This film is a glorious example of just how badly compression settings can affect the image quality of a HD film. There are many scenes in dim light in this film and each one is just a puzzle of jaggy compression layers. Truely horrible. I wonder whether anyone at Apple actually inspects the HD films on a good 55" HDTV prior to adding them to the store. If they did there is no way they would try to pass off such horrible compression at the $30 price tag. I would have been far better off purchasing this on Blu-ray. This is the second of 4 films I purchased in HD from iTunes and having watched 3 of them now I have found that two (this one and The Avengers) are utilising a level of image compression which is causing the picture quality to be poor. I had rented the HD version of The Avengers from the Xbox marketplace and it was great - no problems with the HD quality on the same screen. So far the only film I have purchased from iTunes that was good HD compression quality was Resident Evil: Afterlife. I will not be purchasing further HD films from iTunes until I receive some assurance that this issue is being investigated and fixed.
The poor quality of the image really ruined the film for me. Fix it please!
This is one cracker of a film! I wasn't sure, but I rolled the dice and hired it, now I'm going to buy it. Recommended.
Best action / martial art film of the year
I have been waiting for this movie all year and it didn't disappoint. Martial arts scenes great and acting good. Can't wait to see more Indonesian martial art films like this and Merantau. Good work!!!!!!!