Originally Posted by Geoff D
FINALLY seen the BD (UK version). Frozen grain is one of my pet hates, but on my 55" display (which blatantly shows up Star Wars and Moonraker's ersatz grain) I'm just not seeing it as Mr. 42041 described it. The grain does occasionally look a little odd, like in the 3 shot of Brody, Hooper and the Mayor before the reveal of the graffitied sign, and there's just the slightest touch of sharpening here and there, but overall it's a terrific looking transfer IMO.
Darker shots have the regulation increase in grain, and fine detail is pin-sharp more often than not. For all of the talk of in-camera filtration earlier in the thread, I don't think I've seen an anamorphic show of this vintage look this detailed before. It doesn't seem to share the same hazy, dream-like look as many of its contemporaries.
The 7.1 mix is what it is. It's not the Jaws we know, but there are moments where it's mightily effective nonetheless, and hearing John Williams' legendary score deftly spread across the whole sound stage is a highlight.
My guess, there are parts that might be hazy not because of filtration, but because a small amount of footage had to be salvaged by the lab after the boat sprung a leak and sank with the camera on board. Other than that, haze is likely due to being out on the ocean with the sun beating down on them instead of in controlled conditions offered by a studio tank.
Now, "Carrie" on the other hand, that was a filtered movie. The whole thing looks like it was shot in the middle of the "National Steam Punk" conference. That movie and "Burnt Offerings" are the dictionary definition of "70's soft filtering".
I'm pretty sure Johnson & Johnson stock went up at the time with the amount a vasoline they must have gone through.Edited by NetworkTV - 9/5/12 at 12:22pm