Slightly off-topic, but has anyone figured out what the theoretical maximum movie length is for a 50GB disc, before PQ starts to suffer?
The longest BD I have is Seven Samurai, which clocks in at 207 minutes. But, it's not full-frame (windowboxed), and it's also black & white, so you can get away with a lower bitrate since you're not worrying about color. LOTR isn't full-frame either (letterboxed), but you've got the extra color information to deal with. How much of a difference would that make?
Yes, you probably could fit the films on one disc.. but RotK EE, for example, is over four hours long. That's a hell of a lot of video for one disc.
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