Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn
The reason I bailed on the Tier threads on these forums was for precisely the reasons you started this thread. I was repeatedly hammered for saying a transfer was astonishingly good and reproduced well the film presentation I saw but wasn't eye candy. I agree completely a great reproduction of what a pristine film print looks like is the goal not to look like discovery HD or a PS3 game. However, for me, I simply feel like Don Quixote trying to get that mind set to stick.
I think the Tier threads have a use if you are simply looking for demo material. I've also ignored them completely because I don't think they are good judges for PQ IMO since I'm looking more for what the actual picture should look like.
I definitely agree with you about a pristine film print being the goal. I think Discovery HD and PS3 games look nice, don't get me wrong. But they are what they are.
Since I used A Clockwork Orange as an example for people not necessarily being "wowed" by it, I will be perfectly honest and say I loved the way A Clockwork Orange looked in HD. Just seeing the closeup of Malcolm McDowell's face at the beginning was wonderful, and incredibly unnerving. It looks like film though which is what I enjoy.
I think this issue is what could prevent HDM from ever becoming mainstream. I said it during a presentation in one of my graduate school courses in December. I brought up the topic of HDM since I thought it was essential to what I was discussing. One of the things I said to the class was, "How do you explain to people that just because it does not look like an sporting event in HD, it does not mean the picture is bad?"
Last night I was watching Kurosawa's Rashomon for the first time (I know, I'm late to the party on that one
), and I started thinking about what would happen if Criterion started releasing in an HD format. Would Rashomon get docked points in the PQ area because it doesn't look like Casablanca or Robin Hood? I don't think in HD, it would ever look like those 2 do. I could be wrong about that.
I appreciate all the replies, it's nice reading the different viewpoints. Keep them coming folks!