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« Reply #105 on: December 08, 2009, 09:59:24 PM »

Well, maybe Landis himself is confused. He talks about seeing the labels not because film grain has been removed, but because the background is no longer out of focus.

I think it's interesting that he was okay with altering Werewolf, but with Animal House he wanted the grain pretty much as it always was, to get that grittier effect. This makes sense: you have to take these films case-by-case, not apply a one-size-fits-all approach. Of course, it's easier when the filmmakers are still around to make their preferences known.

I have to say I'm less bothered by digital manipulation of the images than by rethinking aspect ratios. Vittorio Storaro, for example, with his insistence now on 2:1 ratios for all the films he's ever shot has really become a menace.

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« Reply #106 on: December 08, 2009, 11:35:27 PM »

He better leave The Conformist alone.

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« Reply #107 on: December 09, 2009, 04:30:01 AM »


But it's (un)funny as it's paradoxical: if they can't improve the quality of the picture dramatically, then why are they re-packing it and re-selling it at a much higher cost? (Concerning the ''image degraded'' thing.) And who's foolish enough to pay that money just to see their experiments (what says the sticker on the bottle of soda on the table in the third row)?

The image quality has been improved over the regular DVD release, but then 'downgraded' on someone's request because the picture looked like something it wasn't intended to be. However it was released anyway, and the cost will still be considerably higher. Seems someone's nuts here, no? (But certainly not the companies in the business.)

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« Reply #108 on: December 09, 2009, 08:52:42 AM »

Thanks HG for posting.
But you know what? If I look at the sky and at the train's smoke, I prefer the standard DVD picture: at least the sky is blue...

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« Reply #109 on: December 09, 2009, 09:07:45 AM »

But it's (un)funny as it's paradoxical: if they can't improve the quality of the picture dramatically, then why are they re-packing it and re-selling it at a much higher cost? (Concerning the ''image degraded'' thing.) And who's foolish enough to pay that money just to see their experiments (what says the sticker on the bottle of soda on the table in the third row)?

The image quality has been improved over the regular DVD release, but then 'downgraded' on someone's request because the picture looked like something it wasn't intended to be. However it was released anyway, and the cost will still be considerably higher. Seems someone's nuts here, no? (But certainly not the companies in the business.)

On most RECENT movies, when watched on a decent TV (i'm very rich), the image quality upgrade between the DVD and the BR is astonishing. On older movies the question has to be raised.

Another point about HD (which i love (HD, not the point)): most of my DVDs, when seen on my parents big full hd screen look like home-made youtube videos. I guess it's due to the screen itself trying to improve the image quality instead of leaving it its standard definition... I definitly HAVE to find a way to avoid that.

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« Reply #110 on: December 09, 2009, 09:54:01 AM »

On most RECENT movies, when watched on a decent TV (i'm very rich), the image quality upgrade between the DVD and the BR is astonishing. On older movies the question has to be raised.

Of course.

But the sad thing is that most of those recent movies ain't worth a free-for-everyone summer festival release, let alone BR perversions. They don't have to offer much from a fancy colorful box they come in.

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« Reply #111 on: December 09, 2009, 09:58:24 AM »

Well, the same goes with most of the old ones... 99% of the past century's production ain't worth 90 minutes of anyone's time.

(i'm not a "they don't make good movies anymore" guy. Not with the amazing decade we just got. 2 very good movies per year is the average since the 1900's)

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« Reply #112 on: December 09, 2009, 10:22:36 AM »

Well, the same goes with most of the old ones... 99% of the past century's production ain't worth 90 minutes of anyone's time.

I agree if you lower it down to 70%. It is more likely nowadays the percentage climbed up to 99%.

(i'm not a "they don't make good movies anymore" guy. Not with the amazing decade we just got. 2 very good movies per year is the average since the 1900's)


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« Reply #113 on: December 09, 2009, 10:27:50 AM »

I guess we should have to count. Unfortunatly, I have some finals tomorow, so I'm not doing it this evening...

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« Reply #114 on: December 09, 2009, 11:46:10 AM »



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« Reply #115 on: February 12, 2010, 04:47:42 PM »

cool closeups  Afro

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« Reply #116 on: February 13, 2010, 08:25:59 AM »

You can see the castle in the movie The Wind and The Lion, with Sean Connery and Aldo Sambrell.

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« Reply #117 on: February 13, 2010, 02:25:22 PM »

Wasn't it in El Cid too?

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« Reply #118 on: February 13, 2010, 04:33:21 PM »

Wasn't it in El Cid too?
No doubt; playing itself.

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« Reply #119 on: March 03, 2010, 10:10:50 AM »

Today is the day I go Blu. Frayling commentary, here I come. Cool

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