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Where's the crackling?, November 12, 2008

Fireplace Blu-ray
I had pre-ordered this with high-hopes, but those hopes quickly vanished after I received it today and eagerly tried it out.Equipment used for review:Panasonic 50" TH-50PZ750UOnkyo TX-SR705 receiver with Paradigm 5.1 speaker systemSony PS3 Blu-RayMy entire system is professionally calibrated by an ISF technician.In spite of being touted as filmed in "4K", the picture is quite grainy and doesn't even look as good as some standard DVD's.The audio level is so low it requires you to boost the volume which, in turn, amplifies an inherent and unrealistic reverberation in the audio track.The three fireplaces appear to be the same, but have different log configurations.The 1st scene has some logs in a "teepee" configuration, but it seemed pretty static to me.The 2nd scene started out promising with the logs just beginning to catch, but they quickly became engulfed in flames to the point...

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How do you screw up logs burning in a fireplace? The actual fireplace is featureless. It is nothing more than a smooth box. It is devoid of character. You cannot even see the grate. It is as if the logs were burning in some sort of metal furnace. The actual fire is little better. The flames are so overwhelming that you can't see the logs. They are only black silhouettes.
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I had pre-ordered this with high-hopes, but those hopes quickly vanished after I received it today and eagerly tried it out.Equipment used for review:Panasonic 50" TH-50PZ750UOnkyo TX-SR705 receiver with Paradigm 5.1 speaker systemSony PS3 Blu-RayMy entire system is professionally calibrated by an ISF technician.In spite of being touted as filmed in "4K", the picture is quite grainy and doesn't even look as good as some standard DVD's.The audio level is so low it requires you to boost the volume which, in turn, amplifies an inherent and unrealistic reverberation in the audio track.The three fireplaces appear to be the same, but have different log configurations.The 1st scene has some logs in a "teepee" configuration, but it seemed pretty static to me.The 2nd scene started out promising with the logs just beginning to catch, but they quickly became engulfed in flames to the point...
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