Originally Posted by mhafner
No DVDs look like film on large screens. They all lack resolution compared to film and almost all have obvious digital artifacts.
I have to disagree with this. While the wider aspect films usually have issues with resolved detail and EE, I've watched plenty of 1.77-1.85:1 titles lately I would classify as outstanding reproductions of film. The Night They Raided Minskys, From Beyond, Witchfinder General, Julia, The Hand and many others.
Granted these aren't titles many people here are likely to rush out to get, but it's clear to me that there is still a lot of potential left in standard def. Hell, I just watched a few chapters from the last editions of Alien and Jaws and both looked excellant. Not perfect (Alien had some minor ringing that prevented it from truly looking like film) but the fact is, for non-critical entertainment purposes there is still far more to be positive than negative about with the sd presentations here.
The Criterion edition of Two-Lane Blacktop OTOH is pretty hard on the eyes. Ringing is everywhere and I wouldn't be suprised to find out it was strenuously DNR'd first with the EE applied to compensate.
As with Patton, if that stuff is hardwired into the master, 1080p isn't going to yield that much of an improvment compared to what is possible with a proper, unmolested master.
this was on a Pearl at about 100" wide.