Originally Posted by ack_bk
According to the Insider the encoding team is doing zero filtering. They are not adding any DNR or EE. It has been added earlier in the production cycle. Again, this was concerning Warner, not Paramount.
Interesting. Warner's use of DNR always struck me as a little unusual. I'd even call it (with quote-marks) 'responsible' DNR. It's there as a genuine effort to improve the quality of the picture, in the days before there were clear ground-rules for how much grain was acceptable.
So, it sounds to me like you're saying sometimes it's baked into the original intermediate (basically, stuck there. But probably the Director's Intent, so that's ok) and other times it's done at the scanning stage (which seems to be the same situation as Paramount's Gladiator, were the DNR could be removed, but it would be mean rescanning the film.)
Now what this has really got me wondering about is the slight DNR in 'Eyes Wide Shut,' no DI obviously, and presumably the film had just recently been rescanned.
Certainly explains why "Batman Begins" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" both look so similar in the grain-department (despite different film-stock, different use of digital-intermediate, etc.) They were presumably both just scanned around the same time and with the same attitude towards grain removal.