Originally Posted by coldmachine
Thats interesting, I'm always keen to read of the experience of others.
What movies, if any, have you directly compared BD with DCP. If you have, I'd be very interested to read how you accomplished that, and what equipment you used. What were the differences, and to what do you attribute them?
I think you're reading too far into what I said. What I should have said is that when reading that linked interview, the same statement popped out at me and I said, "man, wait until coldmachine reads this- he'll have an aneurysm."
Honestly, just on paper the spec'd differences show they aren't equal in many ways. I understand that, and assumed Cameron did as well.
The last couple trips to the theater have been film and digital 3D for me, but I do remember Star Trek on a Barco, and I would love to see a Blu-ray sourced setup looking that good.
Now, what are your thoughts on this (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=662)?
Upon our arrival at Panasonic Hollywood Labs, we were escorted directly through the courtyard of the Universal Pictures corporate headquarters. It seems that all of the brilliant Blu-ray work turned out by PHL happens, literally, under the noses of Universal. Our first stop within PHL was the Panasonic Digital Theater. This room exists as a large screening facility where Blu-ray encodes are projected via 2k projector onto a massive one hundred foot screen so that they can be scrutinized for any flaws or encoding errors. As we were welcomed to the event by Panasonic Vice President of Corporate Development and General Manager of the Blu-ray Disc Group, Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, and introduced to many visiting executives, a beautiful 2k projection of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was put up on the massive screen. As the introductions were completed it was announced that what we had actually been viewing was a split-screen presentation where one half of the picture was the 2k master and the other half was directly from the Blu-ray version of the film. To our astonishment, not a single attendee was able to correctly guess which side was which. PHL strives to produce truly transparent encodes for Blu-ray and this demonstration was a clear statement of just the kind of quality that PHL is capable of.
Originally Posted by CAVX
On an IMAX screen Vs a CinemaScope screen, the above example may very well be true, however once this comes out on BD, it is going to look more like my images below on our Scope screens.Simulation of Full frame 1.78:1 on CIH systemSimulation of image after Scaling and Optical expansion for CIH
Both images are the same height and I have simply centre cropped the bottom image to simulate how it should look after scaling and optical expansion used for CIH.
Yes some information above and below is lost, however, it will take subtitles a worse case of "head clipping" to prevent me and other CIH (with a lens) owners from being able to watch this film presented this way.
I know how all of this works, I've posted illustrations of this multiple times.
Center cropping the 1.78 frame is an invalid way to view this film. As you say, it won't stop you from doing it, and that's fine. The irony here is fantastic though, as I've heard so many times from people zooming 2.39 to fit their 1.78 plasmas, "I'm not losing anything important, and now it fills my screen!".
Your setup cannot properly display a 1.78 frame that is intended to be identical in width to a 2.39 frame, as this film is.
Avatar 1.78 is larger than Avatar 2.39- CIH is compromised such that this is not a possibility.