Originally Posted by Vincent Pereira
In that case, I guess we can't ever judge the pictue quality of any release unless we have another high-quality source to directly compare them to.
Not that it would ever stop all the comedic posts that say:
"I won't buy this movie because it doesn't have lossless sound and more/less DNR."
The translation of the above? "I wasn't going to buy the movie anyway."
Seriously, if you really wanted a movie, wouldn't you buy the best available format?? You know, the one that's actually available today
, not the mythical video-processed-just-the way-I-deem-it-should-be
version? Or are you happy with the noticeably inferior audio and video of the SD DVD version? How long, exactly, are you going to hold your breath waiting for the more/less DNR'd version with the lossless sound, even though you wouldn't be able to tell the difference? Until the next format comes out?
Everyone who posts here wants the best audio and video. Everyone. We all want the best the formats can offer. When the differences have reached diminishing (read: non-perceptible) returns within the most recent technology and human perception, what's the point in denying yourself a movie that you REALLY want?
We get it. You don't like DNR...you don't like what YOU deem to be TOO MUCH processing, you don't like what YOU deem to be TOO LITTLE processing, you don't like the way a film was restored, you don't like the format, the codec used, or the lossy audio version, the packaging, etc....great.
Put the energy to writing to the studios instead of trying to convince others here that they shouldn't be enjoying the best available picture and sound that exists today, and how you think your little tantrum of refusing to buy a title you weren't going to buy anyway is actually accomplishing anything.
And please don't confuse those of us that want to enjoy the best audio and video available now with those who "don't care." We all want the best. If that magical encode doesn't exist, and chances are pretty good that we wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the exising version and said mythical version anyway, we're not condoning anything by buying it, we're enjoying a movie we wanted in its best presentation. The same people who say "I'm glad it's a niche" because it's small number of people in the game, what do you think happens to a niche format when its supporters actually refuse to support it?
Let's put this to rest. Although I'm sure no one will do it, and the people who scream the loudest about refusing to buy the under/over DNR'd movie or the one without the lossless track will be the quickest to refuse it, please set up this test:
A blind viewing where the test subject doesn't know if he/she's watching the HD DVD version or the BD version of Band of Brothers. How reliably do any of you REALLY think people will be able to tell the difference?
Another test where the test subject watches the HD DVD version of Transformers and the BD version of Transformers. Do you really think anyone will be able to differentiate which is which audio track is which?
Any takers? I'd think there'd be many with the all the righteous indignation thrown out here about how awful these movies look and sound...come on...prove it. If people are that upset, they'd want to set up this test, and take it, to prove their point.