Originally Posted by AtDaBeach
Ive taken the stance, if it's only DVD I either do not watch it, or wait for it to hit HBO/Starz etc... in HD
The one DVD I watch a year looks like crap, regardless whats playing it back, im just always shocked that people act like DVD actually can be made to look good, when it cannot. This is why I cannot relate to "I wish this player did more with DVD PQ". But hey, whatever floats folks boats.
I guess what im trying to say is I understand the need to watch DVD, but splitting hairs of DVD PQ to me is just something I can't take serious, because they just dont look good at all to me. And yes, ive had a nice VP doing to work before, still crap.
Just as with any format, there are a lot of crappy SD-DVDs out there. But there are also a lot of spectacularly good SD-DVDs.
The problem with viewing ANY SD content is that there is zero margin for error in the calibration of your video chain. With Blu-ray, your video calibration can be off a bit and you may very well not notice simply due to the higher resolution.
With SD-DVD (or ANY SD content) errors like that are invariably visible.
The bottom line is that most people have never seen just how good SD-DVD can look because they've never gone through the process of getting their video chain properly calibrated for SD video -- and/or they are playing mostly bad SD-DVD transfers.
It's easy to tell when someone is set up properly for SD-DVD and is playing good discs. The typical sign is that friends and relatives keep making comments like, "Boy that Blu-ray sure looks good!"
SD content broadcast on movie channels -- even HD movie channels -- is no match. First there are the problems in how the SD content was upscaled to HD by the movie channel to begin with. And then there's the problem of bit-starved, over-compressed "HD Lite" transmissions from far too many cable and satellite providers.
And don't even get me started on the quality of movie streaming services!
In any event, it remains the case that there are a ton of fine movies out there which are not yet available on Blu-ray. So quality SD-DVD playback should still be a priority for any true movie fan.
The trick is to calibrate for the best quality SD-DVD transfers. DON'T try to compensate or compromise for playback of poor or crappy transfers. If you find yourself watching one of those, live with it or change discs.
And be aware that with some hardware you will need to calibrate separately for SD and HD content playback. That shouldn't be the case, but bugs do crop up which make it so.
ETA: Sadly, newer SD-DVD releases now in the age of Blu-ray are LESS likely to be quality transfers than older SD-DVD titles released in the heyday of SD-DVD. EXAMPLE: The two disc, Blu-ray/SD-DVD, combo release of "Rango" has a Reference Quality transfer on the Blu-ray disc, but not on the accompanying SD-DVD disc -- which appears to have been authored assuming folks playing SD-DVD will have their TVs set up using the all too common, faulty, factory default, "torch mode" settings. Deep sigh....