Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky
thrang, I just made a post in another topic describing my observations of 5E in BR. I have to agree with you that it looked better than I had imagined based on what has been said at these forums. It is not w/o its share of problems, but I was expecting an absolutely horrid picture. I found it to be far from that. It can be enjoyable to a point, though certainly not reference material for the format, of course.
I think some people here have really ran with the ball based on some bad reviews in print. That's what I think happened, at least. The release isn't great, but it isn't awful, either. I can certainly agree it could be better, but can still be a watchable experience.
Thanks for the feedback - I finished watching the entire disc a short while ago, and agree - not a reference release, but very good - excellent at times - and a bit soft in a few scenes. And a few film artifacts/dust - but not much. But I could apply these assessments as well to many of my HD-DVDs.
My only point is that I already have seen three "worse" titles on my HD-DVD, and several other HD-DVD's that are comparable or only slightly better. I started to watch The Terminator a short while ago, and keeping in mind that it was a low budget film with a lot of visually degrading optical effects and film grain, it was again surprisingly crisp and rich. I'm not yet seeing the gross deficiencies of the format. People here were talking about artifacts and blockiness even during the FBI warnings...nonexistent for me. I mean, smooth as silk.
To put it another way - I'm a bit more impressed with my first few hours of BlueRay that I was with HD-DVD...but as another poster said, maybe my expectations were severely eroded because of all the badness I read here.
On another note, I find it interesting that I'm being bashed a bit because I was more of a lurker than a poster for the past year. This new technology has drawn me out, and thus I'm starting to contribute - is there another way? And I appreciate some here supporting the right of a newbie to contribute.
All this got me thinking: why would Sony release a technology SO POOR - as poor as some have posted here? Big companies can make make big mistakes, and Sony has made its share - most recently its devastating loss of the portable music hardware market to Apple. But high def DVD is all about the picture (and yes sound, but ultimately, really about the picture). I would suspect that if PQ were to have been as bad as some of the other posters have described, Sony would have caught the quality issue a long time ago, especially knowing of the impending showdown with a competing technology.
BMW doesn't spend three years designing a new car, only to discover after shipping it to dealers that it only goes 30 miles an hour. There may be many other warts (and I have a BMW, so I'm familiar with ALL their warts), but exceeding 30 miles an hour is joyfully not a problem...
And I'll restate my original offer - would posting screen shots be of ANY use? Probably not, but if enough want it, I'll dig out my tripod and take some freeze frames....