Originally Posted by Joseph Dubin
That's what I do. Even though TCM is not yet HD, the 480i quality of their prints is excellent. Films are first stored on my HD-DVR and for 25 cents two movies (three if they are very short) are then dubbed onto a DVD-R with excellent results.
I've got a few of these t0o, but any time such a movie is actually released on DVD, I'd rather buy or rent it, if I want to watch it. The homemade copy from a broadcast gets recycled. The difference on a big 1080p screen is quite worth the 99 cents or whatever the per movie cost of Netflix is.
I'd be broke if I tried to amass the collection I already have by purchasing individual DVDs.
Agreed. Lucky thing Netflix can deliver essentially overnight! And for those movies I have to have available immediately, I'll suck it up and buy it.
Of course, dubbing is fine even for color films like "Bandwagon", "Bells Are Ringing", "Bundle of Joy", etc. but for epics like "Ben Hur", "Dr. Zhivago", "Lawrence of Arabia" or remastered versions of "The Searchers", "Forbidden Planet" etc. DVD is of course the best way to go.
If you are a fan, you should pick up a rental of the Searchers on Blu-ray. Astounding.
Regarding bluray, older films are still only upconverted to 1080i and not truly HD. With that in mind, opt for the DVD version or do what I do and dub onto DVD-R.
I'm not sure what you mean here, but there is lots more detail and resolution and much better grayscale and contrast on, for example, the Blu-ray of The Third Man than there is on DVD. And the DVD is notably better than what gets broadcast on TCM. (I would expect the TCM-HD broadcast to be better than the DVD, but fall obviously short of the Blu-ray.)
I don't mean to denigrate your approach. I accept that funds and accessibility are limited, and these can restrict our choices for what to watch.
And in some cases, good enough is good enough. For example, I don't mind listening to MP3s in my car, because the road noise makes anything of higher fidelity a waste.
But if there is a good environment to watch and listen on, and there is a better source to be had, the effort is worthwhile, imo.
I remain optimistic that TCM-HD will be a frequently watched channel in my home.
Now, if only someone actually offered it!