Originally Posted by Sean Nelson
That's not a fault of the original film, it's a fault of the HD transfer. Film (yes, even if it was shot 40 years ago), has a lot higher resolution than either DVD or
the new HD media formats. A proper HD transfer will handily beat what you you can get from even the best DVD transfer.
On the other hand, unless people have true 1920 x 1080 displays they're not seeing as much difference as they did when they jumped from VHS tapes to DVD, so not everyone is getting excited about it...
With Respect, no film I have ever seen in real life in a theatre has ever displayed a 3D or ultra-sharp quality so that I could see every detail, every nook and cranny. IF anything, of all the theatres I've been to throughout my life, I consider seeing a film in the theatre to be a sub-standard presentation even compared to DVD in some instances. While people can go on and on about film having a theorteical 4000xXXXX optimum digitized resolution, frankly, until I see some end results that wow me like no other, I consider the matter to be "highly subjective".
I've seen Star Wars: A New Hope in HD...and I've seen the DVD Upscaled. The two images were surprisingly close at 720p.
Seeing the same on my 1080p set, again...a slight increase in sharpness.
Also, I do not consider solid screen grabs to actually be indicitive of a better overall experience. I watch films in motion, so if all that added detail does not transfer itself to a moving image all that well, then what good is it being there.
Of course a HD source should surpass DVD. But simple resolution numbers alone dont mean alot unless the actual frames of film benefit. If the picture doesn't get any clearer because the shot itself is out of focus in the distance, then what good is the added resolution?
Watching Grand Prix in DVD made me think I was watching a film. Watching Grand Prix in HD made me think I was watching HD...but in certain shots, not all of them. up close detail shots looked only slightly better in HD...the longer shots benefited more where text was readable and things that were soft on the DVD transfer were sharper on the HD transfer.
However, had I not had both to compare, I wouldn't be missing much if I only had the DVD version.
I'll go one further.....the leap to the HD version wasn't VHS to DVD, not by a long shot....it was more like an incremental step...at 720p or at 1080p, the differences so far to my eyes are not night and day.
However, given a choice, I prefer the HD versions of course....