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post #1 of 74 Old 10-28-2007, 07:08 PM - Thread Starter
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as you all know face / off was released in europe/australia by "disney" whereas the film is only available on hd dvd in the states!

how about a screenshot comparison?

i'm asking the blu-ray as well as the hd dvd users to put up some screenshots in this thread - let's compare them and choose the "winner"
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Why bother? Everyone knows Blu-Ray is technologically superior in every facet.

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Why bother? Everyone knows Blu-Ray is technologically superior in every facet.

uncalled for man, he just wants to know which is better. same reason why people are buying the Import of T2 above the crappy lionsgate one.
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From the screenshots I've seen (on another forum) the BRD is more detailed but noisier and the HD-DVD has ugly DNR. Both look to be sourced from an old transfer.

I think the HD-DVD only has DTS whereas the BRD has PCM.
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I am pretty confident that both Paramount and BVHE used the same HD master with different encodes. On the audio front I compared the Japanese DTS track and the LPCM track and the difference is quite huge. LPCM is obviously better coz of better dynamics and extra LFE.

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It is the same master but the HD-DVD has had DNR applied on top. Example:

BRD / HD-DVD
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Why bother? Everyone knows Blu-Ray is technologically superior in every facet.

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Very subtle but I prefer the BD transfer - no reason to NR it.

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So Paramount is DNR'ing the hell out of their older movies now?
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Wow... subtle my ass... The differences were night and day.

I would pick the BR hands down as superior looking. But is it worth 100% more entry price? For me yeah, but I dont think banding is typical for HD DVD, or at least the 12 or so I own.

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i can't tell the difference.
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i can't tell the difference.

You're not the only one.
I think you guys may have missed the sarcasm in the "BD obviously better" post.... at least, that's how I took it after reading his sig. I saw him as saying the BD fanboys would flock in and make it a "no contest" argument by spewing garbage. I may be wrong in that interpretation though.
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What should I be looking for with DNR? I don't see what you guys are talking about.
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Wow! That is an amazing difference.
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I think he was just being sarcastic. Check his signature.
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What should I be looking for with DNR? I don't see what you guys are talking about.

The bottom picture (domestic HD-DVD) has a very pasty, unnatural, video-processed look that the top picture (overseas BD) does not. I think if somebody took those screen-caps and did a mouse-over comparison it would be much more apparent to folks who aren't seeing it when they scroll between the images.

I don't think this is an HD-DVD vs. BD issue- this is an issue of bad video post-processing regardless of format, period.

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The BR looks a tad sharper but the lines on Travolta's forehead are more pronounced in the HDDVD version.
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The bottom picture (domestic HD-DVD) has a very pasty, unnatural, video-processed look that the top picture (overseas BD) does not. I think if somebody took those screen-caps and did a mouse-over comparison it would be much more apparent to folks who aren't seeing it when they scroll between the images.

I don't think this is an HD-DVD vs. BD issue- this is an issue of bad video post-processing regardless of format, period.

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Do you know if this is common for domestic HD DVDs. I have noticed that the PQ on most the the HDs that I own don't really have that wow factor. I am kind of ignorant when it come to the hardware, but I was wondering if the player does any video processing because my A30 come out way more saturated than my BD player. I didn't know if it was the transfer or the player causing the problem. It seems like the movies on HD are not as detailed. They look nice, but they don't have that wow factor.

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The bottom picture (domestic HD-DVD) has a very pasty, unnatural, video-processed look that the top picture (overseas BD) does not. I think if somebody took those screen-caps and did a mouse-over comparison it would be much more apparent to folks who aren't seeing it when they scroll between the images.

I don't think this is an HD-DVD vs. BD issue- this is an issue of bad video post-processing regardless of format, period.

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Agreed, the second pic hurts to even look at, look at his bottom lip for instance. Night and day to me.

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Thanks for the mouseovers, definitely reinforces my opinion that the HD DVD transfer is not as well done. The road cracks on the left side of the car pic is another example.

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BRD / HD-DVD


Mouseover:
http://horn.hdtvtotal.com/hdtvtotal/...cs/facehd2.png

Mouseover of first set:
http://horn.hdtvtotal.com/hdtvtotal/...cs/facehd1.png

I don't see much difference here.
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I love to take your Face/Off : Kram Sacul (Jus kidding). Looks like the BD version is a tad sharper than the HD DVD version. However if you have a close look at the shirt of Sean Archer you will figure out that the HD version looks more pleasing and smoothened out. In BD you will find the shirt texture to look a bit grainy. I am a die hard fan of Face/Off and would anyway buy the HD DVD version especially for the special features and bookmarks which is missing in the BD version. In terms of AQ the BD version will always remain superior coz of the bombastic PCM track.

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One last set:

BRD / HD-DVD


Mouseover:
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Its looks like both uses to much filtering.

But one uses sharpening, the other seems to uses some sort of DNR.
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Damn, BOTH transfers suck big time, the Blu-Ray is bad the HD-DVD is even worse, what the hell was Paramount thinking
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Not sure if its Paramount to blame.

If you look at both images they both seem to have DNR applied. But the Disney footage seem to have added Sharpening.

So if anyone has photoshop on their computer can test and apply sharpening to the Paramount footage and see if it can match Disney.

If it matches then they had poor master.
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I can't say I'm too impressed with either of these transfers based on the screenshots. The HD DVD is definitely losing detail, no doubts. The striped jacket on the guy in the left side of the screen in facehd2 loses a LOT of detail. Substantial portions that should be striped turn into mush.

The BD version unfortunately has a weird processed look to it. Could be sharpening.. but not sure. Looking at facehd1 there's just something funky going on over Travolta's ear. Switching to the BD version it almost looks like when you scan a magazine image into the computer and get that moire effect. I don't know, hard to describe.. just "processed". Still I'd easily give the nod to the BD version here.
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It is really weird, I am sure that i am seeing color bleed, like in the old VHS and LaserDisk days......
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