Originally Posted by CatBus
Man, don't I know it! I haven't been to a movie theatre in the past forty years without SOMEBODY angrily walking out complaining, "Why don't these people look waxy? I'm not paying good money to see this unless the people are all waxy!" Thank goodness the studios have finally been responding to this audience demand!
For whatever reason, audiences tend to be completely oblivous to film grain in a theatrical setting, even though the screen is much bigger and the grain much more visible than what they'd see at home. Yet the same movie played back on a 30" HDTV, and suddenly the grain becomes abhorrent to them.
This is a real phenomena. When I ran the HD Advisor column at High-Def Digest, I'd get people writing in with complaints about "dirty" movies all the time.
Part of this is that these people have uncalibrated TVs with the Sharpness and Contrast settings maxed out, which will of course exaggerate grain. But it's also partly psychological. People have certain expectations for what movies look like in theaters, and can tune out grain there. But they expect content played back on their HDTV to look pristine and crystal clear, like shows or sporting events that were shot on HD video.