After bunches of years fighting resolution technology every step aong the way, from Kinescope Recordings to Blu-Ray; and all the testing and writing of system specifications for the Hughes Aircraft Maverick Television guided missile, I thought we had reached a nirvana (for the present anyway) with Blu-Ray on the 10 foot diagonal (1.3) flat white sceen fed by the Epson 5010 and an OPPO 93.
Blu-Ray (and HD-DVD) are great formats. Closer to whatever is on the film. A superb picture; and, I think most of we videophiles felt that was 'it' until 4K.
Well, it's not true, Paul Darbee, after years of development, has pulled one out of the hat, no question about it, the picture is greatly improved.
This ain't no ordinary "peaker" enhancement booster. The sweeping "demo" comparator proves it to be pure magic.
The higher the bit rate (like Blu-Ray Discs), the better the result of this clever processing.
Detail enhancement is in no way detrimental to the original pic. Resolution and detail contrast (even in very tiny areas) is solidly improved over the high bit rate scenes in the new Blu-Ray "Albert Nobbs" (around 20MBps). Colors and Brightness appear unaffected. Using the "HD" and "Pic Pop" modes at 50 to 80%.
It is a step closer to a real-life viewing of the scenes in the film, from the facial closeups to the distant scenes, the picture 'quality' is flat out, far better viewing.
I'll be looking for, and expect; great improvements from the Darblet for DVD, ROKU, and local sports Broadcasting (Phd Tuner) as well as Blu-Ray from LG200 and Denon 2500.