Originally Posted by House
HD DVD of FF2 looks smoother. I know it's not particularly attractive grain (more like noise really) on FF2, whatever it is, HD DVD isn't preserving it. Need more shots to see if that actually translates to anything detail wise though.
Agreed. Not a good comparison shot, since a lot of the backgrounds are out of focus to begin with. The foreground stuff all looks about the same, though, aside from the weird gamma levels on the HD DVD. The difference in grain preservation looks better on the Blu-ray, but that's not producing much in terms of visual aesthetic payoff in that shot (and even here it could be the gamma levels throwing off our perception).
Same thing with Underworld. If you look at the background, there's no difference. Look at her face though, the HD DVD is slightly smoother.
I can see a difference in the level of detail in Kate Beckinsale's face in that shot. There's definitely better grain preservation on the Blu-ray.
Didn't see anything notcieable on that FooF shot (although I'm sure Kram and company will come riding in here in a second and dig up the old screenshots
I don't see any difference in that shot either. You wouldn't expect there to be, though, as there isn't much motion in that scene.
Also, is it my imagination, or does Flags of Our Fathers
look like it's had some DNR applied? Everything looks ever so slightly softer than it should for a recently mastered film, and there's not much grain.