Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood I am SERIOUSLY ready for some classics, like, oh I don't know, the Ten Commandments, on TCM-HD!!!!
I think the powers that be are missing a big opportunity with all of the VistaVision films- certainly with all of the good ones- by restoring and playing up their release in HD. They are for all practical purposes 70mm films. I guess the original camera negatives may not be up to snuff.
They haven't missed the opportunity yet, but it's going slowly. Off the top of my head, I can think of one Vistavision film on Blu-ray so far. As a test case, it proves your point that the amount of detail is incredible. One would hope it also proves the point that there is a market for such efforts.
Also, if TCM HD really takes off, it could really put the kebosh on the industry releasing Hi-Def disc versions of the old catalogue.
I think just the opposite has happened with DVD. TCM has generated interest in older catalog titles, and that has spawned a slew of releases on DVD that otherwise might not have happened.
Blu-ray will similarly benefit. There will be multiple outlets for restored HD versions of films, and broadcasts will just spur people to spend money to buy the Blu-ray version so that they have a higher quality, personal copy of a movie that might get shown once a year on TCM HD.
Or, at least, that's how I'll be approaching it -- just like how I own quite a few DVDs of movies that are in semi-regular rotation on TCM, right now.