^^^Recall "The West Wing," reportedly shot in 16mm for a while at least [35mm listed at IMDB
], looked much better than recent NCIS episodes. Some W.W. episodes seemed to have more noise. But S16mm data-scanned or telecined for HD from TV-production film negatives can look exceptionally good, too, as the BBC and A&E showed in this print-vs-negative comparison
of their '95 "Pride and Prejudice," released on Blu-ray last year.
Recall similar comments about sacrificing PQ to mask the effects of aging skin when CSI: Miami got the fuzz treatment recently, too. Could be here, too. But it's a little mind boggling they'd screw up PQ this much--unless the actors own most of show rights.
recently, as sublinks, some comparison images between early Red One images, which appear flat and soft like recent NCIS shots, and how newer processing software perks the same shot up considerably. But not sure if NCIS is using the Panavision Genesis digital camera like NCIS:LA was--with crisp, excellent pictures just a few weeks back--or they're just slapping horrendous lens filtering over film. -- John
EDIT: Notice the folks in the U.K. are seeing SD-like NCIS PQ