Originally Posted by Josh Z
Fair point. The "Big Screen Edition" Blu-ray of Transformers 2 has noticeably better picture quality during the IMAX scenes than the standard Blu-ray, and not just due to the aspect ratio changing. I actually watched that one on a 2.35:1 screen with the IMAX footage cropped, and the improvement in clarity still stood out.
I agree. If TDK had been authored with the same level of care, I think it would be a vastly better looking disc than it is. The IMAX sequences all look great, but the rest is pretty underwhelming. With Tron Legacy I see no difference in picture quality at all throughout, only a change in aspect, which is what I would expect given the way they produced/shot it.
With MI4 I was anxious to see if Paramount would do the same thing as TF2 and if the same level of detail increase would be apparant. I saw MI4 right after it opened in true IMAX and the IMAX scenes weren't nearly as impressive in terms of fine detail as when I saw TDK the same way. They still looked great, but the reels looked a bit used and washed out despite being one of the first days shown. I never saw TF2 in true IMAX.
I really hope that Warner's eventual release of TDKR is handled more like TF2 and not sourced from a DMR print. I would LOVE to see a reissue of TDK that got it right as I think it could look incredible on BD with the right care and attention.