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Why the world doesn't need Hi-Def DVDs

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12th May 2006 10:18  #1

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
Why the world doesn't need Hi-Def DVDs
Found this on Digg, seems like a good summary of the current situation to me.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/11/technology/11...

12th May 2006 16:45  #2

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
HDTV is coming, we might even see it properly on Freeview in less than a decade. This DVD Forum vs Blu-ray mess will delay it going mainstream on video discs though.

12th May 2006 18:13  #3

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Menus are on the screen all the time?  Does that sound like a bad idea to anyone other than me?

12th May 2006 19:42  #4

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
I need Hi-Def release,

I'm definitely going for Blu-Ray, not going to care about HD-DVD

Experience High Deifinition

12th May 2006 19:52  #5

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,482 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
The biggest problem is that many of my favorite films are ruined by HD. Sometimes we need the grain and dirt.

12th May 2006 23:02  #6

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
good point Gabe, the first film that pops in my head is the Godfather and to an extent Godfather Part 2.

And you know what will eventually hinder HDDVD? the fact that not many people have High Def sets right now and would never notice the difference on a regular tube TV

12th May 2006 23:16  #7

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,123 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
HD shouldn't remove grain just because it has a higher resolution, should it? It's not as high res as 35mm film and that has grain.

13th May 2006 0:24  #8

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,482 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I suppose that's right, maybe grain was the wrong word. I'm thinking more of movies like Fulci's Zombie where wellmeaning DVD producers clean up the image untill you can see every gore effect for what it is and night becomes day. I think the Godfather movies wouldn't be hurt by a HD presentation, but I really don't see any need for improvement.

On the other hand, there's room for improvement on newer releases, and some older films that were filmed in technicolor. Basically I see this formate as a stepping stone to the inevitable straight-downloading formats. I'm waiting a while before I climb a board.

13th May 2006 1:18  #9

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,123 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
I agree with that to a degree. The Godfather films suffer from numerous film artefacts that weren't part of the original print. These should be removed, but the warmth (for want of a better word) should not be played with. The Godfather films have a very particular colour palette, and its when things like this are messed around with that it all goes to hell.

13th May 2006 10:24  #10

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Chris wrote: I agree with that to a degree. The Godfather films suffer from numerous film artefacts that weren't part of the original print. These should be removed, but the warmth (for want of a better word) should not be played with. The Godfather films have a very particular colour palette, and its when things like this are messed around with that it all goes to hell.

the only thing that I think could use an overhaul about the Godfather (except for all of 3) is the lighting in the first part of 2. It got to the point where it was almost detrimental

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