Originally Posted by NagysAudio
What exactly are you guys arguing? That Jaws has DNR, or that Jaws has too much DNR and other digital manipulations and it looks terrible? If it's the former, then YES: Jaws Blu-Ray has some minimal to moderate DNR, to give a very consistent image quality (i.e. Blade Runner, Alien, Aliens, etc.). This is masterfully done. This is tastefully done. This is done with utmost respect and care for the movie in question and has been supervised by Steven Spielberg (the director of the said movie) himself. There's virtually nothing wrong with DNR done the right way. Jaws has a very fine balance of grain removal and addition to make for a flawless presentation. This is how master filmmakers restore their movies (James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, etc.). So then what is the bickering about? We have reference quality material here. AVS members should know better.
Who said it looks "terrible"? I didn't. My impressions are quite positive, but not completely so. And we "should know better" than to disagree with your opinion? Please.
If I can see DNR on a disc with my naked eye, then it hasn't been done carefully enough, and certainly not masterfully in my book. I think digital filtering should be used to correct problems, but the Universal folks apparently feel everything needs some just out of principle. I don't mind if a couple shots are digitally massaged here and there, but Jaws has some degree of visible processing for most of the film's duration and for me that's a significant flaw, because I like my film transfers to have a natural, cinematic texture. None of this fancy "smart" grain that somehow knows when objects are moving through it. And I completely don't buy this idea that this is somehow necessary or beneficial in achieving a "correct" look, since many transfers look wonderfully cinematic with nary a trace of the stuff.
Keep in mind that I prefer a closer viewing distance than average, and all that crap becomes easier to see. And I'm talking about the equivalent of the middle seats of your average movie theater, so nothing crazy about expecting my blu-rays to hold up to the same level of scrutiny.
On the other hand, I'm not sure if Aliens
has been DNRd in any significant amount. Cameron says it is. That's
my idea of careful DNR. Not sure what the benefit is, since it's still a grainy film, but there you go.Edited by 42041 - 8/22/12 at 12:59am