Originally Posted by gregmasciola
I definitely noticed the edge-enhancement when I watched the movie. But one thing you need to remember is that the shot of Kevin Bacon you're talking about only lasts for about 2 seconds. He's not actually walking around the room with a white glow around him.
Most of the movie takes place in a dimly lit environment, so this edge-enhancement doesn't really affect the entire movie.
I'm not saying that edge enhancement is a good thing, just that many people (including me) never bought an HD-DVD player, so to me this is the best transfer available to buy right now. I don't understand why Universal didn't just use the same transfer from the HD-DVD, but I don't see them going back and fixing this anytime in the near future.
I guess all I'm saying is that while the Blu-Ray transfer is not perfect and could be better, it is still completely watchable and enjoyable.
Good post. If Universal could just "re-use" the transfer from the HD-DVD, they would, because it would be the cheapest way to go. There must be some technical reason why that can't be done, otherwise they'd do it. Perhaps they put so much money into HD-DVD, they don't have the budget to do it again for blu-ray at the same level of effort? Maybe they plan to pull out all the stops just for their treasures (E.T
, etc.)? Who knows.
I honestly don't think this is intentional. I just can't imagine some technician sitting there thinking "I'm going to add some EE here just to piss off those AVS geeks...". I think they are probably doing the best that they can with the technology their budget allows. I don't know all the technical details of how movies are mastered onto blu-ray, but there must be qualitive differences depending on the time and money invested. Look how the Wizard of Oz
was done: 8k frame-by-frame mastering. The results are stunning, but the cost of doing that must be equally stunning.
Hopefully technology will resolve this so all transfers can be done perfectly at a low cost. This is the best there is right now so I'll enjoy it.