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I don't know what you guys are talking about regarding Spider-Man 1.
There's a huge stepup in quality with the Blu-ray on the first page of the thread. Is the pic on the left DVD or HD broadcast?
The pic on the left looks out of focus by comparison. The Blu-ray is leaps and bounds better in detail!
You folks realize 2 and 3 were shot scope and 1 was shot 1.85:1 flat right? Less film = less detail. The first film will never look as detailed as the sequels. The presentation looks great from what I can tell.
EDIT: It also occurs to me since no one is particulary attractive in the film, Raimi might not have gone for as sharp a focus as possible, or lit for that.
The 1.85:1 AR probably made sense at the time they made SM because with Spidey and webslinging and wall-crawling you'd expect a lot of vertical action in the frame, but they probably switched to scope for better resolution (and HD picture quality), especially considering most of the time (unfortunately) the camera moves with him anyway, so you can't appreciate movement within the frame all that often.
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