The image wasn't as sharp as many BDs. Do you recall if this were a "soft focus" when shot, or a transfer defect?
I don't think soft focus was used, but it is a somewhat grainy transfer, which is why a lot of us film buffs like it. And the picture will get a bit softer, and less detailed during dissolves and some the FX shots, because of the optical reprinting on those shots. (You'll notice the same type of thing on a lot of older films, esp. films with a lot of optical FX.) Overall though, I thought the detail was pretty good on this, esp. for an early color film made in 1956.
I haven't looked at it in quite a while though, so maybe my opinion would be a little different now. And if you're watching on a 4K screen, the weaknesses in the transfer might stand out a little more.
There was some discussion about whether the detail could be improved with higher resolution scanning in the review that I linked to above btw.
2. Was the soft focus only on close shots of the daughter (as was common practice), or was it throughout the movie?
The time I took a close look she was talking with someone, so she was in the shot, and I was surprised that I couldn't make out any structure in the hair. But if shots that include female billings are normally soft, that could explain that shot being soft.
I don't recall if the rest of the movie was "soft" or not.
I was watching Forbidden Planet on the 50-in 1080p HDTV.
After having verified that the main feature doesn't have decryption issues on either player and that the main feature will play all the way through (to find out if there are any issues on a newly-purchased disc), my priorities are back on streaming Doctor Who, Season 7 from Netflix (HD: 1080) before the premiere episode of Season 8 airs. What? It's already aired? Then I still want to watch all of Season 7 before I play the premiere episode (1080i) from the DVR. Supposedly I have just 3 1/2 episodes to go.
OOP DVD of... The Brother from Another Planet. Directed by John Sayles.
If you haven't seen it you are in for a treat if you do, I believe it's currently streaming on Netflix. Joe Morton gives a great performance and he has no dialogue in the film. Haven't seen it in ages. Glad to find a better copy than the one I have which is full frame and looks like a vhs transfer.
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