Originally posted by kelo
This thread has gotten very repetitive, all the complaining about what this player does or does'nt do is a waste of time. Before it's release all anybody wanted was a dvd player that upconverted to an HD rez that was less problematic than what was on the market, and for my money the 318 is the player to beat! White crush? turn your briteness down! 4x3 issues, what the hell does 4x3 have to do with anything HD? If you want to watch tv based content on dvd you don't need a DVI upconverting HD DVD player!
You could've kept your pro scan player. With my sony 51" this player comes damn close to HBO or Showtime HD. Quality does not equal PERFECTION
Not all movies are widescreen, especially the classics. This has nothing to do with TV based content.... although now that I think about it, many TV series were/are shot on film and the DVD transfers made from them probably look great, too. Animation, like the Looney Tunes DVD's, are also 4:3 but benefit from full digital restoration and a state-of-the-art transfer. We're not just talking about playing my kids' Blues Clues DVD's here.
Upscaling to 720p or 1080i does not make a DVD (or any other source image) HD resolution. The original image resolution is never actually increased... that is impossible. Upscaling resizes and creates additional lines by interpolation, that's all. Whether you are watching Lord of the Rings, Citizen Kane, SpongeBob or an old Star Trek episode on DVD, you are starting out with 720x480 pixels.
Look, if you don't mind your 4:3 material stretched, more power to you.
BTW, turning the brightness down does not fix white crush. A professional broadcast video processor might be able to correct that problem.