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A Comparison of Skyfall on iTunes, Vudu, and Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by Chris Blount, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    One of the biggest joys of owning a home theater is watching a great action movie like Skyfall, the latest James Bond film. Typically, I prefer to watch high-budget movies on Blu-ray—after all, when I watch a blockbuster, I want the sound and image quality to be as good as possible. Last week, iTunes made Skyfall available for purchase one week earlier than the Blu-ray release. Because it is the middle of winter, I decided to succumb to the urge for instant gratification; I bought the movie and watched it instead of waiting.

    What I saw truly surprised me. From the very first moment to the very last credit, I scrutinized Skyfall for any significant flaws in the image quality. To my surprise, iTunes managed to get through the whole film without any obvious signs of compression. I have an aversion to banding, macroblocking, smearing pixelation, and tearing, and I saw no egregious artifacts. Impressed, I decided to see how Vudu compares. The Vudu HDX version became available Friday Feb. 9, still four days ahead of the Blu-ray release, so I bought the Vudu version and began my comparison.

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  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Great article with some very impressive photos comparing the picture quality between iTunes, Vudu, and Blu-ray.
  3. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

    Jan 25, 2007
    Halifax, MA
    That was a great breakdown, to this day I still do not own a Blu-Ray player. It nice too know I'm getting great quality from my VOD sources. I hope someday someone can compare the 3 sources above with NetFlix and Amazon VOD as well.

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