Originally Posted by IanD
Considering the upscaling horsepower that a studio "could" bring to bear for a Bluray (compared to what the average consumer would have available in their playback chain), I would hope that a Bluray would beat a DVD any day even if the source was SD.
We must also remember that a DVD is a lossy encode of the source and so can lose quality compared to the source. If the source is carefully upscaled and encoded with a more efficient codec, theoretically it should look better, unless it was originally shot as SD mpeg2.
I have always preferred that the studios upscale SD source material to HD, using the best quality equipment available, when releasing as Bluray, rather than utilising a lossy mpeg2 encode and relying on the consumer's often less than fabulous upscaling chain: it's more efficient to do it well at the single source point than poorly at the distributed consumer end point.
Upscaling "horsepower" ?
I don't care if you threw the entire Bitcoin hashing network at upscaling a standard definition movie. It's still going to look like ass until someone invents a magical upscaling algorithm that can pull details that were lost out of thin air. Arguing over whether a DVD or an upscaled copy of that movie on Blu-ray looks better is like arguing over which pile of **** smells less.
At this point movie studios are better off worrying about releasing native HD material on Blu-ray as 99% of the HD material out there is not available on this format yet.
More like they'll have the #1 best selling title on Amazon.
Originally Posted by Osirus23
If they screw up JP half as bad as they did BTTF they will have a revolt on their hands.
That piece of crap Big Lebowski
transfer that Universal just shat out is selling like hot cakes. Universal is going to keep butchering this format, all the big mainstream review sites will continue giving their awful catalog releases great reviews, and the sheep will continue lapping up these releases that are so bad they might as well be upscales.
I can only hope everyone's faith in Steven Spielberg having some special power to override what this awful studio wants is not misplaced. I also hope Spielberg is competent enough to know about the evils of old 2k scans, DNR, and edge "enhancement." When the original theatrical release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy got pushed out on Blu-ray, supposedly with Peter Jackson's approval, it became blatantly obvious that there is incompetence at the highest levels of Hollywood.
Originally Posted by Strevlac
It's not about wanting the HDTV transfer, and it's not about wanting a "fixer-upper". It's a about wanting a modern scan that looks like the actual film elements. That's all. Bluray isn't about making movies look like nice TV. It's about presenting them accurately.
Blu-ray IS about making movies look "nice on TV." Too bad that's the opposite of what Universal's been doing. Universal's crap jobs look worse than the actual film elements. Disney's a great example of a studio that actually knows how to make movies look better than the actual film elements. Their animated classics with the film grain carefully removed look amazing. You just can't do that with live action, and Universal needs to give up trying and leave whatever they scan in alone.