Originally Posted by Jmouse007
As for TCM, you are absolutely correct, their general line up of supposed "HD" films are horrible! Mediocre at best and usually just slightly better than SD (Standard Definition). TCM should be ashamed of themselves. They claim to have a great love and care for classic and vintage films and yet the product they showcase to the public for a heafty monthly fee is terrible.
I don't know who's worse, COMCAST or TCM as far as third rate, poor picture quality goes.
I didn't mean to be that critical of TCM. They are working with old movies that reside in the backwaters of the modern-day tentpole productions that pay for almost everything now. I feel that the real responsibility for good transfers and prints lies at the feet of the very studios that originally produced them. You would think that sheer corporate pride would prod these guys into showcasing films (especially the 65mm ones) from the glory days of cinema.
Nevertheless, some of the quasi-HD presentations are worth seeing. The recent screenings of The Sandpiper
, with its location shooting in Big Sur, is still beautiful to behold. If they ever did a 4K remastering of Ryan's Daughter, shot on the shores of Dingle Bay in Ireland, I would love to see that.
Here in SoCal we are privileged from time to time to see retired projectionists team up to show 70mm stuff, but even those screenings are getting rare. Kudos to TCM for managing a full-on three-projector Cinerama showing of How The West Was Won
a few years ago, complete with an Osborne interview with Debbie Reynolds afterwards. Talk about "immersion"! Practically no one from the modern Home Theater era has had a chance to experience one of these. Simply amazing.