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Id like to compile a list for some SD dvd collectors that may want to watch a dvd in their collection to see how excellent they look upconverted. Actually bordering HD DVD quality and most of the time may actually pass for a poor transfer HD disc

I'll start off with the first two titles. I highly recommend those with these films in SD give it a go in your hd a1 and post your thoughts about it.

1. Find me Guilty
2. The Ring 2
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In my experience, I would add Black Hawk Down to the list.

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The Alien: directors cut DVD blew my socks off the other night with it's great picture quality upconverted on the HD-A1. Looked very close to the DVHS version, which I owned in the past.


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Anything by Pixar Studios (Toy Story 1&2, Incredibles, Bug Life). Also, when I saw the movie Crash I wondered "how could they possibly improve this picture." It looks/ sounds perfect.
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I just watched Ryan's Daughter the other night. That movie looked absolutely beautiful. They just don't have cinematography like that anymore. Still I wondered how much better it would look in HD. I'm sure it will be years before I find out.
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I was really impressed by the SD version of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang it looks very similar to the HD version.
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None

Ditto. Maybe on a smaller display this thread is relavent, but with a FP setup even the worst HD-DVD disc is FAR superior to the best SD disc. At least that's been my experience.
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If there is standard-def material that looks almost like HD than something is not right. Maybe if you are watching your screen from more than 3 screen widths away but not up close. This is with the cleanest and most finely detailed dvd using ffdshow's adcanced resizing methods. You might convince someone it's really soft 720p at best.
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Agreed. The very title of the thread is ludicrous in my opinion!

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Thats my vote.
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Ditto. Maybe on a smaller display this thread is relavent, but with a FP setup even the worst HD-DVD disc is FAR superior to the best SD disc. At least that's been my experience.

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If there is standard-def material that looks almost like HD than something is not right. Maybe if you are watching your screen from more than 3 screen widths away but not up close. This is with the cleanest and most finely detailed dvd using ffdshow's adcanced resizing methods. You might convince someone it's really soft 720p at best.

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Agreed. The very title of the thread is ludicrous in my opinion!

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Thats my vote.

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SD films that look almost HD when upconverted on the HD A1 on a CRT set.

Star Wars
North by Northwest
Fifth Element SB

thats it so far.

Of course all things being equal and as an AVS'r that knows what to look for in PQ, there is no upconverting player in the market that will fool us.


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Master and Commander and Fifth Element SB looked great, but not HD
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Probably any of these titles, especially The Criterion version of "The Rock":

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absolutely NONE

Some might look very pleasing, but they won't even get close to true HD transfers
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Why upconverted on the HD A1 only? I've used a HTPC for years and it does as good or better job of upconverting DVD's as the Toshiba with a lot more flexibility. I'm sure there are many other DVD players that do as good a job at upconverting DVD's. Also the title should be "...look almost HD..." because if there is/were a HD-DVD version it would contain and display more detail.
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Why upconverted on the HD A1 only? I've used a HTPC for years and it does as good or better job of upconverting DVD's as the Toshiba with a lot more flexibility. I'm sure there are many other DVD players that do as good a job at upconverting DVD's. Also the title should be "...look almost HD..." because if there is/were a HD-DVD version it would contain and display more detail.

I think the OP wants HD-A1 because this is in the HD DVD area.

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I think the OP wants HD-A1 because this is in the HD DVD area.

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Upconverting a DVD is not HD no matter what player or HTPC does it.
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Upconverting a DVD is not HD no matter what player or HTPC does it.

We are in agreement on that. I thought the OP asked about SD discs that are "near" HD quality. Obviously very subjective.

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You asked, I answered. I used to own over 200 DVDs and none look like HD being soft, dull and suffering from edge enhancement or other imperfections compared to HD. If they look like HD then get a new TV or check your connections. Im serious this is the best picture available - dont miss out.
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Well 35mm part of the U2 show look better than 99% than my DVD's and 100% of my DVD shows LOL

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