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We do things a little differently here than you may be used to, so here is a quick tutorial of how our Blu-ray scorecards work.

Most review sites use a 1-5 star scoring system when reviewing Blu-ray releases. Due to the amount of detail contained in a review scorecard, we had to re-think the way to display our review ratings. Gone is the standardized “star” rating structure, replaced with a simple + or -.

So how do these + and - relate to the old-school star ratings? In our world, a + would be the equivalent to a 4 or 5 rating while a - would equate to a 1, 2 or 3 rating. So if a disc gets a + rating in one of the categories, you know it is top quality.

These +’s and -’s are then weighted (35% film, 25% audio, 25% video, 15% extras) to create an overall verdict of the disc, back in the common five-star rating system... it is quite a science.

Here are the terms used in our Blu-ray scorecard so you can get a better understanding of what each of our ratings mean...


  • plot (story, flow)
  • acting (dialogue/believability)
  • sound (score/soundtrack/sound mixing)
  • visuals (special effects/costumes/set design/vibrancy/cinematography)
  • entertainment value (replay value, watchability)


  • fidelity (degree of accuracy with which sound is recorded or reproduced)
  • dynamic range (difference between the max level of distortion-free signal and the minimum limit)
  • dialogue (clarity and placement of voice activity)
  • bass (LFE) (low in pitch; of the lowest pitch or range)
  • soundstage (surround activity, sound movement through the different channels)


  • transfer (lack of digital artifacts/noise/edge enhancements/compression artifacts)
  • image depth (dimension, 3D feel)
  • sharpness (lack of film grain, clarity of image, image detail)
  • color levels (color accuracy, vibrancy)
  • contrast (accurate deep black levels, range of brightness between the darkest/lightest elements)


We have taken a very simplified approach to the this section by informing which extras add value to a release and which are not worth your time. We have listed the most commonly valuable extras found on Blu-ray releases - featurettes, commentaries, deleted scenes (including outtakes and alternate endings), documentaries & digital extras (digital copy, bonus view, bd-live) - and if the extra is worth watching you will see a +, if the disc does not contain the extra or it is not worth watching you will see a -.

We are really changing the game here, so this new review format may take some getting used to... but I am sure you will come to realize that this new game is the way it should be played.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (4K Edition) | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | March 25, 2019
  plot acting sound visuals entertainment value
  fidelity dynamic range dialogue bass soundstage
  transfer image depth sharpness color levels contrast
  featurettes commentaries deleted scenes documentaries digital extras
genre Fantasy
synopsis Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment and has begun gathering followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one capable of putting a stop to him is the wizard he once called his closest friend, Albus Dumbledore. However, Dumbledore will need to seek help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
lead actors Eddie Redmayne | Katherine Waterston | Alison Sudol | Johnny Depp | Jude Law | Dan Fogler | Ezra Miller | Zoë Kravitz | Callum Turner | Claudia Kim | Carmen Ejogo | Jessica Williams | William Nadylam | Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson | Ólafur Darri Ólafsson | Kevin Guthrie | Brontis Jodorowsky | Derek Riddell | David Sakurai | Fiona Glascott | Wolf Roth | Victoria Yeates | Poppy Corby-Tuech | Cornell John | Sabine Crossen | Claudius Peters | Bart Soroczynski | Danielle Hugues | Alfie Simmons | Isaac Cortinovis Johnson | Olivia Popica | Alfie Mailley | Simon Wan | Morrison Thomas | Andrew Turner | Linda Santiago | Alfrun Rose | Maja Bloom | Olwen Fouéré | Simon Meacock | David Wilmot | Ed Gaughan | Jamie Campbell Bower | Toby Regbo | Hugh Quarshie | Isaura Barbé-Brown | Keith Chanter | Jemima Woolnough | Hollie Burgess | Thea Lamb | Joshua Shea | Isaac Domingos | Ruby Woolfenden | Johanna Thea | Liv Hansen | Israel Ruiz | Jag Patel | Nick Owenford | Tahir Burhan | Deepak Anand | Alexandra Ford | Andrew Blackall | Christopher Birks | Phil Hodges | Michael Haydon | Tim Ingall | Stephen McDade | Jeremy Oliver | Dave Simon | Jason Redshaw | Callum Forman | Ryan Hannaford | Donna Preston | Nasir Jama | Aykut Hilmi | Natalie Lauren | Annarie Boor | Deano Bugatti | Bernardo Santos | Connor Wolf | Sean Gislingham | Adrian Wheeler | Sean Coleman | Andy Summers
director David Yates