Originally Posted by FoxyMulder
Yes but what you are talking about is noise not grain....Noise can be easy to spot because with the noise there is usually a lack of detail and artifacts show up which shouldn't be there....Smallville season 7 has retained some very fine grain in it's image and i bet this looks better than any broadcast version of the show.
Don't take my word for it though....Go rent it or buy it and see for yourself....Some minor issues but overall a very good job by Warners on this release.
I already did buy it... been watching it too
I think we are just crossing on semantics. I do know what grain looks like (at least most of the time)... I was speaking more from the layman's point of view who may or may not know (all those folks who see grain and complain for example). To those folks grain=noise... and I suspect that overcompressed grain is not as obvious as noise without grain.
I admit, though, that I didn't take into consideration that a clean/no grain production should actually compress better than one with grain since that is extra data and more changes per frame to deal with.... so your earlier post was definately food for my thought there.
I'm not even in the "where is the lossless audio" camp, but it looks like this release just got standard Dolby Digital 5.1 with nothing special. Then again, I think someone in the general TV discussion thread for Smallville has said he isn't sure the show is even mixed in 5.1 in the first place.. so it's entirely possible this is the best sound they have for the show. However, if they put DTS or lossless then I'd hope they wouldn't have crammed 7 episodes on a disc.
By the same token... I really like 4 or 5 episodes to a disc for watchability, since I try to watch a whole disc at once and 3 hours is a good time, though sometimes I can hang for a 5th episode during a sitting... but it's hard to find a block of time to sit and watch 7 episodes, so I've been breaking in the middle of discs while watching this one thus far.