Originally Posted by cinemasoul
Film-like is FILM-like
film prints are film - Not an opinion, but a fact.
Cinemasoul, you don't seem to understand how the film medium works, which makes it frustrating to have a conversation with you on the subject.
When a cameraman loads film into a camera and records an image on it, that produces the Original Camera Negative ("OCN"). This is a pristine source, and the most "film-like" the movie image will ever look. But they don't take that OCN straight out of a camera and project it in a theater. They need to protect and preserve it, so duplicate ("dupe") elements are struck. The first lines of these are the Interpositive and Internegative. From these, further dupe copies are produced. We quickly find ourselves in the position of making copies of copies of copies. In the analog world, every subsuquent dupe generation removes a level of quality. The image gets softer and grainier. Contrast is reduced. Dirt and damaged get introduced and then copied down to later generations. By the time you get to the mass-produced theatrical prints, the image is several generations removed from the original and significantly reduced in quality from the OCN.
For the purposes of home video transfers, you want to make your digital film scan from elements as close to the Original Camera Negative as possible. Ideally, you'd scan the OCN itself. However, because studios are very concerned about putting wear and tear on the OCN, they are more likely to attempt a scan of the Interpositive or Internegative first. Regardless, the absolute last thing you want to do is scan a theatrical print, or produce a video transfer that looks anywhere near as bad as a typical theatrical print.
Yes, technically, a theatrical print is made of film, and thus "film-like." However, there's a difference between good film and bad film. Theatrical prints are bad film. The OCN is good film, and is the standard that we define "film-like" by.
Let's say you have a film-based still camera and you take a picture of something. You take the negative out and have copies printed. If you ever want more copies, you'd bring your negative back to the lab, right? The process of getting to a movie's theatrical print is roughly akin to taking the original photo copy you printed, tacking it to a wall, and taking another picture of that. Then you take that new copy, tack it to a wall, and take another picture. Then repeat the process a few more times. Every new photo you take of a previous photo looks worse than the last. That's how film works.
As far as Moonstruck is concerned, I can't personally comment on whether it's good film-like or bad film-like. Moonstruck is one of my most hated movies, and the only way you'd ever get me to watch it again is at gunpoint. Even then, I'd probably opt to be put out of my misery first. Sorry.