Home Theater

‘The Art of Flight’ Represents State-of-the-Art Blu-ray

Joel Silver, president and founder of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), says the newly released video The Art of Flight is a reference-quality home video that offers the highest levels of audio and video to home theater enthusiasts.

The Art of Flight utilizes the latest audio and video technology from Dolby Laboratories to highlight extreme snowboarders Travis Rice and his friends.
Robert Archer · January 24, 2012

It’s amazing how driven audio and video enthusiasts are to find the next great audiophile recording or reference-level video release.

Joel Silver is president and founder of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), and a massive home theater enthusiast. So it’s not surprising when he says that custom installers have to know about a specific video because its quality is so good.

Silver’s latest video recommendation is The Art of Flight, and according to the industry’s leading video authority, this Blu-ray is the newest ISF reference disc for sound and picture quality in a home video release.

The Art of Flight is a documentary from Red Bull Media House and Brain Farm Digital Cinema that follows the exploits of extreme snowboarders Travis Rice and his friends as they tackle some of the most mountainous terrain in the world.

Silver notes that the video was edited in post production using Dolby Laboratories’ PRM-4200 Professional Reference Monitor that employs the company’s Dual-Modulation Display Technology. He adds that it was released with a dynamic Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack.

Silver says that Dolby’s new display and companion display technology is truly state-of-the-art, and that because of the monitor’s capabilities the post-production team was able to create one of the best-looking Blu-ray videos ever released. “Dolby flexed its muscle with this disc,” he says. “Dolby used the disc at CES [International Consumer Electronics Show] and I’m using it at my house. Right now if you visit me, you’ll get a glass of wine and this video on my screen.”

Narrowing down his choices of what scenes he suggests to use as demo content was not easy. Silver points out that everything about the video is good, but he mentions the fourth chapter is a good place to start. “Chapter four has a chopper and a plane that are dropping the extreme snowboarders onto a mountain peak,” he explains. “At this point, make sure you have enough light output on your video and a good audio system that can handle low-end content. It is a rare system that can handle these elements. Look at the contrast and listen to the sound … the color saturation.”

Emphatically, Silver summarizes The Art of Flight by saying, “there isn’t a bad part on this disc. This is a 7.1 production done on a state-of-the-art monitor with great camera work … this disc has it all. I don’t know of any Blu-ray discs that look this good; this is what Blu-ray discs are supposed to look and sound like.

“Dealers have to have this disc, I’m not even a snowboarder, but it makes me want to jump on a snowboard.”

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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Home Theater · Blogs · Dolby · Dolby TrueHD · Imaging Science Foundation · ISF · Joel Silver · All Topics
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