Originally Posted by mweflen
Just curious what people think are the best Blu-Ray studios out there. In looking over my collection, I've got to go with Warner Bros. They have the biggest mix of new and catalog titles, and they rarely if ever screw up a transfer with EE, DNR, etc.
Please don't take this as some sort of an attack, but you're joking right? Who do you think started the DNR craze, if not Warner? They may be more subtle at it than Fox was with the new Predator, but they're hardly immune. Personally, I believe that a policy of grain removal is what made Warner's DVD product so much more consistent than other studios. Random noise is the enemy of low bitrates and any type of signal processing (down conversion in particular in the case of dvd). But, with BD, the loss of detail became more apparent. Even Warner's new releases have been soft until relatively recently. But they seem to be doing better.
I voted based on new releases only, because when it comes to catalog product, I'm not convinced that anyone, other than maybe
Criterion is putting in the type of effort that deserves BD's premium price. Now that the format war is over, even Sony seems to be letting things slide once again when it comes to catalog product. Unless, I know the film was recently remastered with high def in mind, I'm reluctant to pay more than ten or twelve bucks for a catalog title. Not that the improvement isn't worth it, but, if they're going to recycle existing masters and extras, they should give us a recycled price; $20 SRP, max, like the price scale of some of the smaller production houses. In the case of some catalog stuff, $15 SRP might be more appropriate to the effort the studios are giving us.