Ok, here goes, I ditched my homework and watched Forbidden Planet last night.
My frame of reference on this movie is SD TV broadcast, LD and the DVD released a few years ago. I have not seen the HDNET broadcast.
I have not done an A/B with the DVD but will do so later.
Anyone looking for a reference title better look elsewhere but the definition of "reference" around here is pretty fluid.
Color rendition is very natural and saturated.
Fleshtones at the beginning of the movie vary a bit from scene to scene but settle in after the first 10 minutes or so to what I consider a natural look.
Hair has nice detail and is appropriately shiny
Overall the movie is a bit on the soft side with some scenes being very sharp and other not so much. I thought overall, clarity and detail was excellent.
Don't expect to see facial pores etc.
I saw details in Robby's metal exoskeleton that I don't remember seeing before.
The actor's makeup is also apparent but not distracting.
I don't know what the term is but I did notice sporadic white dots where the film looked like it was damaged. It doesn't happen very often, is very fleeting and was not distracting to me.
I tried to watch the movie critically but at times I lapsed into immersion so I very well could have missed some things.
I saw no artifacts or noise.
The starfield scenes are far better than I remember from the DVD. Very nice.
The landing scene, the set is very crisp and colors are nice. You can tell they're on a set but is has some pretty nice depth and looks good.
Morbius' house is very colorful with Martha Stewart cornhusk being the predominant color. The metal sculptures and furniture all have nice detail and dimensionality.
The Krell lab and subterranean machine scenes are killer.
The monster id scene is good as well with the evening sets having more depth, detail and color subtlety than I remember.
What was interesting to me about the deleted scene footage is that is looks almost identical in quality, i.e., murky & dark, as the TV broadcasts from years ago. For instance, in the Navigation center in the saucer there's a lucite globe with a little saucer model in the center, in the deleted scenes the saucer is orangey which is how I remember it from TV.
In the movie it is a deeply saturated polished red.
The audio was about what I expected, close mike sound and limited frequency but dialog is clear. I haven't finished tweaking the sound in my room yet so your experience may be different but I did not detect any side\
ear surround activity which was a bit disappointing. In fact some of the extra scenes have more surround action than the feature.
OK I've gone on long enough, please forgive me, but Forbidden Planet has a very special place in my movie vault.
People who are aware of this movie need no recommendation from me.
You are either going to buy it no matter what or you don't care.