I have an embarrassing confession to make, despite the great reviews among AVS users about this HD DVD release I ignored it. Even after breaking the 350 titles I bought for this format I still don't have the interest to check the movie out until whitestang06 posted some screenshots
from this movie. After seeing that I opened up another browser window and bought the title right there and then.
The movie shot using the Super Panavison 70
is simply breathtaking
. This movie is what "Despicable" Patton
should have been. No excessive DNR. No waxy faces. High frequency detail preserved.
If I'm going to mention faults on this transfer it will be some dirt and sctratches visible on some scenes and minor DNR.
If you notice the closeup shots of the female leads they are a lot smoother than their male counterparts. This is how they shot the actresses BTW
Nothing too distracting.
In two weeks I have watched this classic movie three times, once on my 1080p 120" projector and twice on my Dell 24" 1920 x 1200 LCD. I can confidently say without hesitation this is the best in overall PQ among the restored classic catalog HD title, the sharpness, detail, colors, contrast and consistency is unmatched. Surpassing my personal top pick The Searchers
The VC-1 14.44 mbps encode is even better
considering the bitrate is actually lower
and the movie itself is one hour longer
One would think there will be a lot of obvious
macroblocking with the racing footage but I see no major issues at all. Very nice. I am an IRL fan so I can appreciate the nuances this movie is trying to show and it succeeded masterfully. The racing scenes and angles used are even better that the IRL racing HD broadcast we are seeing lately. Go Danica!
This is how its done folks. This is how our classic movies should look like. None of that artificial revisionist nonsense. If you are using a projector to watch this prepare for a cinematic experience
Thank you very much for this recommendation. After the DNR and EE turds we have lately I am glad I am finally able to watch this movie.
Lawrence of Arabia is also Super Panavision 70.