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Thanks for the very comprehensive comparison, eric.exe!
Originally Posted by Rigby Reardon
That is really weird. Also look at the fireball in the trees on the right-hand side. There seems some strange blueish blob on it on the BD version!? Are you sure it's the same frame (sure looks like it)? If it is, something or someone did unacceptable damage to the picture.
Tell-tale sign of automated digital scratch reduction. It's how they painted out all the little specks you see missing on the Blu-ray, and it's how the arrows, spears, etc. got disappeared.
Looks like they threw every form of processing they had at this. It's blurred, edge enhanced, temporally noise reduced (moving objects leave smeared trails behind), and scratch-painted...
The extended scenes look comparable to Braveheart given the different visual style of the films. Wonder when they were transferred.
Let's all buy 10 copies of Braveheart and skip Gladiator; maybe that will help send a messsage.
EDIT: I see the extended edition DVD was released in 2005 so I guess that's when those clips were transferred.
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