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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.

Independence Day Resurgence | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | October 26, 2016
  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
As packed a release as one could ever hope for. The presentation ensures every insanely huge explosion is not blurred in the least.
genre Action | Sci-Fi
synopsis We always knew they were coming back. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
lead actors Jeff Goldblum | Liam Hemsworth | Bill Pullman | Maika Monroe | Sela Ward | William Fichtner | Vivica A. Fox | Charlotte Gainsbourg | Brent Spiner | Judd Hirsch | Patrick St. Esprit | Joey King | Jessie Usher | Chin Han | AngelaBaby | Grace Huang | Ryan Cartwright | Garrett Wareing | Gbenga Akinnagbe | Mckenna Grace | Ron Yuan | Alice Rietveld | Nicolas Wright | Travis Tope | James A. Woods | Robert Loggia | Deobia Oparei | Travis Hammer | John Storey | Hays Wellford | Sam Quinn | Alma Sisneros | Diana Gaitirira | Humberto Castro | Richard Beal | Joshua Mikel | Monique Candelaria | Evan Bryn Graves | Stafford Douglas | Robert Neary | Beth Bailey | Grizelda Quintana | Lance Lim | Brandon K. Hampton | Kenny Leu | Ava Del Cielo | Leilei Chen | Catharine Pilafas | Katrina Kavanaugh | Jason E. Hill
director Roland Emmerich