Originally Posted by kjbawc
One other possibility is the time setting on your DVR. Comcast goes off by a minute or more, several times a year.
I was a bit disappointed with the showing of Fellini's 8 1/2.
Criterion has it out on BD, so I was hoping for HD, but it was not. It looked like an older print, a bit fuzzy, with a scratchy soundtrack. But, it was properly upscaled to fill the frame, and 3 minutes longer than TCM said it would be, so it was uncut...
Don't think it has to do with the time being off -- all recent recordings have started correctly. In fact, I purposly set my DVR to record"Seven Days In May" one minute earlier and so I got two minutes of filler before it started.
The poor quality of 8-1/2 might not be the fault of TCM. Sometimes the Criterion collection can be quite disappointing. Although they had beautifully restored classics "La Strada", "The Seventh Veil", etc. on DVD, they've received poor reviews for films like "Charade" among others - including probably one of the all-time greatest classics ever put to film - "The Blob" with Steven McQueen (chuckle).
The black and white picture quality of "On The Beach" and "Seven Days In May" were both very good, however, combined they run four hours and 13 minutes so the picture quality on my DVD was a slight bit softer than usual - but I wanted to get both on the same DVD (black and white recordings are usually close to the source up to four hours).
Tonight's broadcast of "A Thousand Clowns" was 4x3 even though the lead-in credit said letterbox - but at least no windowbox.
BTW - somebody who works with CV of New York passed along the audio problem to the technicians - seems many in the area were complaining on it's Yahoo group.