The other day, I mentioned that I had been selected to be a member of Blu-ray Elite, a beta program from Warner Home Video. As such, Warner Brothers is sending me free Blu-ray discs, and I’m bravely entering the world of Blu-ray. My first batch from Warner Brothers included Contagion (2011), a thriller that takes the simple act of washing your hands and turns you into an obsessive-compulsive afraid of every tiny germ on earth. Since Contagion was the first film that I saw on my own Blu-ray player, I thought it provided the perfect chance to prove a point. I’ve put together a screen shot (of sorts) of a scene from the DVD and compared it to the enhanced definition in the same scene from the Blu-ray. Side by side, I think you’ll see that there’s no comparison. It’s almost as if the DVD screen capture was drawn by a child. Here it is:
It’s pretty striking. In the DVD version, you can’t even tell that the doctor is wearing gloves.