Originally Posted by madshi
Well, as I said, a full remaster would probably result in a reference quality Blu-Ray. But the Gladiator BEV broadcast I have on my harddisk is really good quality as it is. There would have been no complaints if Paramount had used that master untouched with high bitrate MPEG4/AVC (and in OAR, of course).
Agreed. Only Paramount knows which master was used and why. The rest is just speculation.
Well, of course I wouldn't expect the Blu-Ray to use low bitrate MPEG2. My point was that the (uncompressed) master they used for the BEV broadcast is really good quality. So they could have used that master to produce a good quality Blu-Ray disc (using MPEG4/AVC instead of MPEG2, of course). They wouldn't have had to do a full remastering.
Maybe. I am still not sure that this would have held up the scrutiny of many of the videophiles here at AVS
At any rate, here are the options to watch Gladiator:
B. HD cable/sat provider (of course YMMV here, between the provider regarding codec, bitrate, OAR, logos, edited for time and content, etc).
For me, those would leave me with options A, B, C, and D. The times that I had seen bits and pieces of Gladiator on cable/sat I am pretty sure it was on either TNT/TBS, was edited for TV, had the animated logos and ads.
So I would probably still go with Blu-Ray personally. But like I said, I will be renting it first unless and taking a look for myself unless I can find it for $12 or less.