Originally Posted by haineshisway
WHAT? Spartacus is NOT a grainy film??? It just amazes me (then again, I am easily amazed) that anyone would think a large format film should have "lots of grain" - that would be a big NO. The whole point of large format was a "window to the world" with only very fine grain. That's why people shot large format - they didn't want the damn grain.
The whole point of choosing a large format was the higher resolution, fine grain was a by-product rather then the reason. Upon reading the 70mm promotions you will be hard pressed to find 'no grain', instead it's about more image detail. Film goers in no way hated film grain or print flaws for that matter, that's a home video myth. Film grain IS the image and not separate from it, get over it.
For Tron the supplements states many times 70mm was chosen because of it's high resolution could be printed out in larger more defined plates to use as templates for the hand drawn elements rather then saying 35mm is too grainy.
The Spartacus HD-DVD on the other hand does indeed have quite noticeable film grain, whether that's a result of over processing or a multi-generation source is open to debate I guess.