Originally Posted by Beta Tester
I notice that we are starting to get some reviews in the PQ thread from regular contributors whose opinion I trust. So far, not so good.
"I watched FOTR last night and the PQ was much worse than I expected. This looked more like a 40 year old movie and a DVD era master than a ten year old movie. A very soft, processed look, that to me was nearly unwatchable. The occasional decent looking close-up was definitely not enough to save this."
yes, but that's the *** LOOK OF THE ACTUAL MOVIE ***
Folks are blamming the BD for simply looking like the actual movie. It's not the fault of WB that Jackson's team created the film to look this way.
Since 2000 post-production on these films has progressed immensely so the newer films look better, but in 2000 the post-production for CGI films was in its infancy. Basically, LOTR was one of the key films that helped develop the tools that were used to good advantage later on, but weren't in play when the first film was produced.
Whether or not a very, very slight layer of fine detail has been slightly filtered in some scenes (the HDTV versus BD screen shot comparisons) has nothing to do with the soft image that people are complaining about in these threads. That's just the movie. Take it or leave it, but it's Jackson's film and the BD is showing it as it really is.
Any time the HDTV presentation looks better than the Blu-ray you know something horrible has gone down. Both Gladiator and FOTR are worse than what was available on HDTV, in this case 8 years ago.
This is not acceptable, but feel free to pretend otherwise.
I think some folks hear that the HDTV encode has a little more detail and are assuming that it fixes everything unnatractive about this Blu-ray Disc and that WB botched this job. Not at all... it's the same soft processed looking image with all of the same problems, with a *hair* more detail in a few shots that is so slight most folks might not have noticed unless it was pointed out. That doesn't mean WB could and should have done a little better, but it's not the fault of WB that Jackson's LOTR Fellowship looks soft focus and processed.