Originally Posted by lgans316
The prolog beats its counterpart on the actual Blu-ray which is over-sharpened and exhibits moire.
So I finally got around to watching both cuts; the one on the BB BD and obviously on TDK. The framing is slightly different and it looks like the prologue on the BB BD is probably pre-post as there are obvious differences in color and contrast balance. Considering it was released nearly half a year before the movie in IMAX theaters, I would bet it is just not final color timing.
The difference in resolution between the two was splitting hairs at best. I saw almost no difference other than how bright they were. I certainly didn't see any over sharpening on the TDK disc or any signs of moire. There is some panning twitter on some of the vertical lines on the rooftop in the opening shots, but that is the same on both and due to the high frequency detail and the panning motion of the camera. Honestly, both look about the same to me and both look great.
I also looked at the moire described previously in the scene with the reporter on the TV. I imagine the issue is from the speaker grill below the screen. This is again extremelly high detail and probably more of an issue with slight camera panning than scaling. Hard to say though. I didn't find it distracting at all and wonder how many displays may make it look worse due to some post processing going on. I know exactly what my video chain is doing and it would be nearly impossible to improve on it in terms of processing and calibration. The rest of the non-IMAX scenes on TDK BD still look pretty lousy. I still think they used a DMR print for sourcing. Definitely a lot of room for improvement overall.