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post #1 of 35 Old 02-17-2007, 06:41 AM - Thread Starter
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Best looking older film I've ever seen on DVD I watched last night. A very very good film as well and that's Asphalt Jungle. I was just awed at the look of this title. I picked it up in one of the film noire box sets.

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How old?

For me, it's a toss-up between "North By Northwest" and "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".

"The Other" is also an excellent looking DVD.

I have a few Noir films myself, but I can't remember offhand if any were particularily good image-wise. I recently watched "The House on Telegraph Hill", but I'd have to watch it again to see what I though of the DVD quality.

I usually don't notice that stuff the first time through unless it's really good or really bad.
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Really... I have AJ myself and I don't specifically remember noting the transfer quality, but I didn't see it on my current setup. I'll have to look at it again now. I wonder if I have the same release or if they redid it?

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"the day the earth stood still"


worst is without a doubt: "Suddenly"

"twilight zone" "outer limits" and "alfred hitchcock presents" are good series prints/transfers.
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Gone With The Wind, the Collectors Edition, looks pretty awesome too.
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"the day the earth stood still"


worst is without a doubt: "Suddenly"

"twilight zone" "outer limits" and "alfred hitchcock presents" are good series prints/transfers.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is unfortunately replete with edge enhancement. AJ is devoid of it has solid blacks,nice grain reprodion very sharp and particularly clean.

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Guys and Dolls. Great clarity and colors.

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Grand Prix Is really good work. Don't know how it compares to Art's choice. I remember Lawrence Of Arabia being impressive, but it's been quite a while since I ran the film. My version is in the cloth case, released 3 years ago?

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take your word for it.

guess I like Edge Enhansement and didn't know it ;-).
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Best looking older film... A very very good film as well and that's Asphalt Jungle. I was just awed...

Wow Art, I haven't seen (or thought about) that film in maybe 35 years! Wonder if Blockbuster has it... off to check, thanks!
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Grand Prix Is really good work. Don't know how it compares to Art's choice. I remember Lawrence Of Arabia being impressive, but it's been quite a while since I ran the film. My version is in the cloth case, released 3 years ago?

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I was amazed at the PQ of ET when it was released on DVD.

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Freaks (1932) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022913/

I was truly surprised at how well this film looked upconverted.
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The other night I watched the "Incredible Shrinking Man" from the 50's SciFi Classic edition. This was done in the mid-50's and it is amazing how good some of these old films can look. Especially, when you compare them with some of the DVDs of movies from the 70's and 80's.
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Not sure how old you are talking about but but I thought John Carpenter's The Thing was awesome on DVD. If it wasn't for the old computers and tech stuff in it, it could have passed for having been filmed recently!

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I'll second "North By Northwest" and "The Adventures of Robin Hood".

Also, don't forget the amazing colors in "Singin' in the Rain".

For black and white, "Asphalt Jungle" is quite excellent. "Citizen Kane" always looked great too.

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Citizen Kane and North by Northwest come to mind. And Casablanca is very nice. How old are you talking about?

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How old is "old"?
Some of the old Technicolor films that WB has gone to the trouble and expense of restoring (transferring each of the three strips separately to HD and then re-registering and cleaning up electronically) are little short of spectacular. I believe the oldest is The Adventures of Robin Hood. If you haven't seen it, prepare yourself for a treat.
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RH is jaw-dropping to be sure.

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RH and Casablanca on HD-DVD are nothing short of amazing.

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Lawrence of Arabia - both the Superbit and Special Editions are superb!
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Lawrence of Arabia - both the Superbit and Special Editions are superb!

Has Sony got rid of the excessive edge enhancement that marred an earlier Lawrence release? That one had been taken from a 70mm source and was therefore expected to be superb, but was in fact very disappointing.
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Has Sony got rid of the excessive edge enhancement that marred an earlier Lawrence release? That one had been taken from a 70mm source and was therefore expected to be superb, but was in fact very disappointing.

I can only comment on the Region 2 version (England) which is great throughout.
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Yeah the robin hood HD-DVD is great. Although the only thing I was thinking was, wow they have a great laundry service becase their clothing is always in perfect condtion clean, vibrintly colored and pressed as well..
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RH and Casablanca on HD-DVD are nothing short of amazing.

Not HD ,different discussion ,although fun too.


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