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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.

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | November 1, 2023
  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
Great presentation and the rare addition of an entire disc of bonus features.
genre Action | Thriller
synopsis Ethan Hunt and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With control of the future and the world's fate at stake and dark forces from Ethan's past closing in, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan must consider that nothing can matter more than his mission—not even the lives of those he cares about most.
lead actors Tom Cruise | Hayley Atwell | Ving Rhames | Simon Pegg | Rebecca Ferguson | Vanessa Kirby | Esai Morales | Pom Klementieff | Henry Czerny | Shea Whigham | Greg Tarzan Davis | Frederick Schmidt | Mariela Garriga | Cary Elwes | Charles Parnell | Mark Gatiss | Indira Varma | Rob Delaney | Marcello Walton | Brian Law | Lincoln Conway | Alex James-Phelps | Marcin Dorociński | Ivan Ivashkin | Zahari Baharov | Adrian Bouchet | Sam Barrett | Louis Vaughan | Jean Kartal | Os Leanse | Luke Smith | Nikolaos Brahimllari | Matt Malecki | Damian Rozanek | Antonio Bustorff | Ioachim Ciobanu | Michael Kosterin | Sergej Lopouchanski | Robert Luckay | Jadran Malkovich | Mikhail Safronov | Christopher Sciueref | Andrea Scarduzio | Barnaby Kay | Gloria Obianyo | Alex Brock | Kaye Dinauto | Dana Blacklake | Arevinth V Sarma | Doroteya Toleva | Lucia Tong | Hersha Verity | Yennis Cheung | Laura Vortler | Faycal Attougui | Gaetano Bruno | Marco Sincini | Evita Ciri | Melissa Anna Bartolini | John Akanmu | Marco Lascari | Simon Rizzoni | Nicolas Wang | Lee Bridgman | Daniella Carraturo | Katie Collins | Joanna Dyce | Taylor Goodridge | Jessica Holland | Philip Hulford | Grace Jabbari | Ira Mandela Siobhan | Nicholas Tredrea | Megan Westpfel | Marc Wesley DeHaney | Rocky Taylor
director Christopher McQuarrie