Originally Posted by John Williams
New transfers and restorations are always a good thing.
I don't hold out much hope for brand new worthy transfers in either of these formats early days, at least for releases that are considered niche or cult,
Does anybody here have "Outland" on dvd? While it looked great in 1997 compared to video tape, try to watch it now, and you'll see just how awful the "transfer" was. You'll notice I said transfer, because they didn't even bother to remaster from video tape, I'm fairly certain they used the same master they were using for VHS at the time, and you can clearly see the terrible de-interlacing they did on that release.
And If outland were the only case early in DVD's format I wouldn't worry but it took years for the majority of studios to do much more than basic DVD-5 editions of movies and most of those had pretty awful transfers. I just picked up the new Blazing Saddles DVD for about $8.00 and it's new HD master makes the original DVD look like crap.
Also I laugh quite alot when I see alot of people talking about the capacity for both of these formats, stating that because Blue Ray has more capacity that it will win in the end.
If history teaches us anything it is that these companies are as greedy as they come, and they will do ABSOLUTELY the minimum they have to, to sell their product and reap "HUGE" profits.
Just recently as a matter of fact, one of the most over marketed sequels released on DVD this year, "The Transporter 2" was only a 4.7 GB release.
If they at this late date in the DVD format, can still release a major studio movie in DVD-5 then be prepared to be let down on more than a few HD-DVD Blueray releases. I mean for gods sake, Full Metal Jacket is still only released as a Full Frame DVD currently, if I'm not mistaken.
And since theres still a hefty portion of the unwashed masses out there that still prefer "Full Screen" over "Widescreen" I think that both Blue Ray and HD-DVD may have a huge surprise waiting for them in that there just isn't enough people with HD Tv's yet for this market to support two standards.
I for one am not committing to either of these formats until I know whether or not I can watch them on a PC without having to move to Microsofts new DRM Platform (Vista).
I would like to hear other opinions on some of these topics, because while i'm very interested in where the next gen formats are going, I'm very angry that there isn't going to be one unified standard, and that I'm not going to have the same freedoms I enjoy with DVD right now, although they didn't want us to have these freedoms with DVD either, but just messed up on the Copy Protection.