Originally Posted by RobertR
Stating that the masses buy based essentially on price is an argument against the masses demanding DNR. In fact, it's an argument against Fox bothering to produce this overDNR'd botch job altogether. The masses would gladly buy an inexpensive version with the grain intact.
I agree - the masses don't know about the grain until they buy it and watch it. However, their expectation on what a Blu-Ray should look like are different than the more informed people that peruse these forums. J6P isn't going to see some of the heavier grain shots and think "this is better than DVD!" They will think something is wrong. Will they continue to buy catalog titles on Blu-Ray or "upgrade" their current DVDs after witnessing the old version of Predator? Maybe not. Then again, at least the prices have come to DVD levels in many cases. There isn't much of a premium being required to purchase Predator on Blu-Ray over DVD (at least, not the older version).
I do believe that for most DNR'd titles (like most of Universal's catalog releases), J6P would never care if they had never touched them. The only time I think J6P would be unhappy is during low lit scenes where the grain is very heavy and obvious (and Predator has 'em) - where it almost could be mistaken for noise. They had to stick a disclaimer into the Battlestar Galactica HD-DVD explaining away the grain to the uninformed. Frankly, I don't know why they don't just do that with everything. Skip the DNR on Predator and insert a little slip of paper explaining how film works - just friggin' tell
the consumer that it's correct and it's the best presentation of the film. I think most would accept it AND be informed on top of it!
The "masses" don't really know what it looks like until they watch it, though - at that point, the purchase has been made one way or another. Their reaction will inform their future pruchases, though. I just really don't think most consumers of DVD/Blu-Ray media are frequenting these forums.
Plus, I think I've said it before - J6P has learned to deal with letterboxing. That seems to me to be a bigger hurdle than grain
. If the studios give them the choice, though, I think most would prefer the new transfer over the old. But, yeah, they probably would've been just fine had they just done a better job with the original version.