Originally Posted by vladi123456
I would disagree as far as the tier thread has nothing to do with how a film was transfered - first blu-ray movies were pretty bad transfers - had nothing to do with the initial quality of a film.
My display hasn't been professionally calibrated. But I went to the Sharp forum and read about 150 pages of it, and I got my settings to match those of the forum members' calibrated units.
I'm not trying to make anybody mad or anything - and I really wanna like hi-def - especially after all the money I've spent....
I didn't say nothing, I said "virtually nothing" (meaning there can be exceptions). I'm only familiar with the HD DVD Tier thread, but in the very first post (before the tier lists), it clearly points out its purpose. It deliberately ignores the issue of how the film is intended to look, and focuses on eye candy. I presume the BR list is intended to do the same.
Warner had some problematic titles whose transfers themselves were probably fine, but the actual masters were not (vertically filtered 1080i). The Fifth Element was actually transfered from the same master as the Superbit Edition (according to a Sony representative), yet apparently that master fell well short of the needs for the BD release -- they've had to go back to the elements. Don't know what the story was on HOFD, but no doubt there is one.
The problem here being that there is the "transfer" be it an HD DVD or BR effort, and there is the quality of the master, which is yet another issue and has nothing to do with either Format or the available video CODECs. In order to create a restored NEW master, the studio has to spend LOTS of money, and it's understandable they'll apply a lot of discretion in making that decision.
The most you can reasonably expect is that the HD image look exactly like the film did at a good theater. The tier thread doesn't evaluate that.
You don't have to get a professional calibration (ISF), but you really can't trust other's calibrations to be correct for your situation. Pick up a copy of a calibration disc and you can be sure of having an excellent picture for both viewing and comparison purposes.