Originally Posted by House
Here's the rub, and you'll only notice if you look at *all* the shots or watch both versions: neither is ultimately better than the other because the theatrical transfer is so inconsistent.
The beginning of the flick with all the scenes on Krypton? Theatrical looks better: sharper, finer grain. Then Clark lands on Earth, and all of a sudden things get blurry and it looks worse than the SE. ...
I got the set a week back and I was eager to see the differences between the encodes. I was sure that we were going to see the theatrical being clearly superior due to the newer master. But then Robert Harris posted some early criticism of the Smallville scenes in the theatrical cut so that's where I looked first (the first scene with the Kents discovering the baby). It was clear the SE was superior, with the theatrical looking too washed/blown out.
But then flipping around, I'll be damned, but there are scenes here and there where the theatrical has got to be better- and thanks to your caps I can now see my eyes weren't fooling me after all. I didn't go through the whole film so I didn't know how extensive this push/pull was. I too gave up during the whole missile sequence- except that I stopped when they cut to the inside of the truck cabin with Lex and Otis ("Get it right this time") On the one disc (I forgot which but think it must have been the theatrical) the interior is so noticeably poorer, with plenty of crush, that it just wasn't close.
WTF?! Neither one of these is going to be a wholly satisfying experience.
And it's no longer "it must be the source", since there is now direct evidence that the same shots can and do look better elsewhere.
AAAARRRGGGGHHHHH. It was bad enough they never bothered to upgrade the Fleischer cartoons to HD- but to presenst such a scattershot 'upgrade' of the one truly great film in the set is maddening- especially for the price tag.
Since I couldn't care less about the last three films, and since the stuff I do care about is inconsistently done or not upgraded at all, this has turned out the be a hugely disappointing set. And since this is the last time they are likely to revisit the material for the next decade or so- if not forever on this format, I'm just depressed.