Originally Posted by Rigby Reardon
I think we should keep generalizations out of this discussion. Almost noone can tell a well done MP3 or AAC (like e.g. the 256kpbs "Itunes Plus" files) from the uncompressed original in a properly conducted blind test. The flaws in the Gladiator screenshots, on the other hand, are glaringly obvious defects. The criticisms of this release shouldn't be minimized by equating them to the typical "audiophile" hyperbole, since most sane people don't take that stuff too serious.
There is no hyperbole in my statement. My point is that the general "music loving population" is more than satisfied with the 99 cent downloads of low bitrate songs at the itunes store. And I happy admit that, by your definition, I am not sane. I pay attention to the details, and can tell the difference. There was a time, long past I guess, when HT was limited to people who cared about the details too.
Originally Posted by MickeyDora
Three words: The Fifth Element.
That was a colossal failure the first time around and they listen to the complaints and fixed it. Maybe we will get lucky with this one too.
That was due solely to the fact that they did not want to give "the other side" in the format war any ammunition. They only listened to their target audience at the time: us. We were the people that would be pushing their format into the general populace, and they could therefore not afford any black marks. Now that the war is long over, and they hold what is essentially a captive audience, I seriously doubt we will see such a magnanimous gesture on their part. Unless the studios think that remastering a title would be financially beneficial, they will not do it. It has been stated many times that they follow one pied piper: money. The "few" on here that complain (read: most everyone on this board) relative to the total HD-capable population is financially insignificant. The belief that any of these studios hold the consumer's interest above the bottom line is a pipe dream.
Granted, some studios do it right (Sony, Disney), and I give them kudos for that. However, I do not believe that they would do a remaster based on the complaints of a statistically insignificant part of their customer base, especially if it is already proving a cash cow with J6P. Remember, the war-time chant (one of them, at least) was to get HD into the mainstream. Well, that comes with the fact that the vast majority of consumers do not have a clue. The moral of "Coraline" applies here as well: be careful what you wish for... you might just get it.