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The Action! Model Three also piques our interest by being the first projector we've seen to employ Texas Instruments' Spoke Light Recapture technology for improving colour reproduction, especially in secondary colours, as well as Projectiondesign's own RealColour system for fine-tuning colour tones to within an inch of their lives.
There's loads more stuff on the projector's spec sheet and within the tidy onscreen menus we could talk about, but frankly life's too short! And in any case, it's high time we started to find out if all the Action! Model Three's uncompromising touches find their way into its final picture quality.
Feeding this high-end projection monster the recently released Blu-ray of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, it's immediately obvious that the Action! Model Three is indeed rather special.
For instance, the image's sheer dynamism is enough to have your eyes popping out of your head. I've seen some mighty fine projectors in recent times, but not a single one of them has delivered the same extremes of dark and light within a single frame that the Action! Model Three manages. A perfect example of what I'm talking about can be seen in the below-decks sequence of Master And Commander where the de rigueur ‘mad old coot' talks about how the ship's first mate is a ‘Jonah'. The old chap himself appears bathed in an almost spotlit glow, while the backdrop behind him is almost completely dark. And on the Action! Model Three the extremes of this lighting technique look so dramatic that the scene takes on almost poetic proportions. Stunning.
Almost as stunning is the amount of detail and sharpness in the image. The combination of the high-end processing in the Crystalio box, the projector's native Full HD resolution and the clearly uncompromising optical system and lens combination make a good high def picture look so detailed, three-dimensional and clear that you feel you could reach out and touch it.
The Master And Commander Blu-ray can look a bit noisy at times on the Action! Model Three, but take it from me that every last pixel of that noise is down to issues with the film's HD encoding, and nothing whatsoever to do with the projector's own electronics. Personally I feel like all Blu-ray releases should be tested on an Action! Model Three before they're launched, since its exceptional accuracy leaves absolutely no hiding place for source-based video noise of any sort.