Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn
I think good points are being made. It isn't the age of the film (which has resolution in excess of HD) but the care it got and has gotten in the transfer
...and lack of care (and remastering, if any).
These questions go to a basic understanding of film v video. Anyone who was around just a few years ago and purchased an early digital camera (1 or 2 mp) readily understands the differences in film v video (not that I'm an expert). In the video world, the term "high def" really
only applies to (1) video (one could
philosophically argue it applies to film as well, as more info is on film than the best BD's can currently offer), and, (2) the high-def digital transfer of film to disc...although, HD can undesirably magnify some of the deterioration or grain (or other undesirables) of film.
As stated above, one can do research prior
to purchasing a BD disc to see if the transfer was less than satisfactory.