Originally Posted by rdgrimes
I can't speak for anyone else, but it would seem that the uproar is not so much about the actual effects of DNR on any particular movie as it is about the use of DNR in the first place. The only "noise" in the image is that which was put there by the makers of the film, so the use of DNR does violate the original intent of the filmmakers. You can achieve more or less similar results by simply turning down the sharpness setting on your monitor or player. Many people do prefer a slightly softer image, and if the results are pleasing to you than by all means do so. The issue here is that the studio is making that decision for you and it cannot be "undone".
Even if we had never had the HD-DVD set to compare, the comparison of the broadcast image to the BD set reveals the DNR just as well.
You're confusing things here. First of all, on a properly calibrated monitor, most of the time Sharpness will actually be set to 0. The effect that sharpness can simulate (when cranked up) is edge enhancement.
However, many monitors actually have built-in noise reduction that you can turn on, which really makes DNR completely pointless, except as a way to piss off purists.
As for the Band of Brothers transfer - I've seen nothing in these images that goes beyond what's done in the vast majority of Warner's titles - in other words, every single Warner title I've seen with the exception of Speed Racer, which already had airbrushing on the actors and was otherwise mostly CG.
Could Band of Brothers look better? Sure. And I'm pissed that it doesn't. But people are making this out to be much more than it is. It'd be nice if someone could convince Warner that they shouldn't filter all of their titles but they've already shown time and time again that they really don't give a **** about what we think - all they do is feed us the same old crap, again and again and again.