I know its a no no to get other forums involved, but I figured to get all sides of the story, I would venture over to the "other side"
When you can get past the (name removed) stabs at AVS(he still seems to harbour a grudge about the war and AVS) he does seem to be very knowledgeable about the process. I also find Robert Harris very credible regarding these kinds of subjects.
In short, at least from my view is that insiders acknowledge FOTR is messed up, but TT, and ROTK are much better.
No offense to Xylon or Eric.exe, but I wish we had a "dissect the PQ" from the likes of Robert Harris or other insiders involved in this kind of process. Its not that I dont trust the screenshot's, but I do put a lot of credibility in the opinion of the guy who was involved in such restorations such as the Godfather.
I am very neophyte when it comes to the particulars of these kinds of things, but I found the following from the "other site" a very interesting read.
"Making Blu-ray discs is a many step process, but the key steps are film transfer/digital intermediate to create an HD master, compression for audio and video, authoring including menu artwork, and replication. I think people are throwing around the term “master” rather haphazardly and this is leading to some confusion."
"To make it overly simplified, there are two types of “masters”. For one, an HD master, like for instance a Sony HDCAM SR 4:4:4, or something of lesser quality like a 4:2:2 YUV master on HD-D5. Further upstream as a source, if the motion picture had a complete digital intermediate performed or had a complete SCAN (most commonly 2k or 4k) of the film elements then that may be referred to as the digital master (D1) or even film master by some."
"I will say that almost invariably when personnel in the home video depts. of a studio (which make your Blu-rays in-house at places like Sony and WB) throw around the term “master” without further specificity, they mean the HD master or “video master”, so maybe all you folks should also think of the word “master” in that context also…….at least so everyone is on the same nomenclature page and we don’t get into discussions regarding semantics."
"Jeff has already recently mentioned that people at WB have told him that several new “masters” were produced for LOTR until they settled on their final choice(s)……….one would naturally assume that they did new “masters” for all three films, or at least for the oldest film of the bunch, given interim advances in technology over the years. And I have no reason to doubt what Jeff has communicated to us is untrue as he’s got little rats scattered around WB……at least at the technician, managerial level. So, perhaps the question you should be asking Robert, so there is absolutely no misunderstanding, is whether or not WB would do new “digital masters” for the extended editions which would require new 2k or 4k scans."
"Or, perhaps if after viewing and reviewing the LOTR Blu-rays and speaking with folks over at WHV, Robert believes Jeff’s sources were mis-communicating with him in some way about new masters being made last year. For instance, they took an old archival HD master or even a dupe HD master and performed a video *restoration* or remastering of that to make their “new” HD masters. "
I'd love to get my hands on a Blu Monster's Ball.-LilStinky
Refering to a possible release of said movie on BD LOL