Originally Posted by thrang
Curious - what's your display? And yes, I did watch the entire movie. Some scenes were a bit soft (usually lower light scenes), but this is no different than with HD-DVD. The Perfect Storm presentation is overall very good, but there are softer scenes - almost any title can be taken apart.
I have to agree with you about TFE. I just happen to have a DVHS recording of TFE that I taped off of the HBO/East feed via C-Band. This was directly off of the very transponder that E*, D*, and Cable get their signal to rebroadcast.
I watched it again last night in its entirety. With that in mind, here is my opinion of it:
It is a very good transfer for an older movie. I see no banding in the opening scene. I do not see one instance of macro-blocking throughout the movie. If it is there, I missed it last night. I do see film grain evident, but according to several reviews, this is also on the Master.
This movie is actually quite detailed, but there is an effect being used that may lead some to think that certain scenes are soft. This occurs throughout the movie. For certain there are scenes which "look soft", but when a camera pans or zooms in on an object in that scene, razor sharp detail explodes onto the screen. An example is when Dallas is in his apartment. The off-white (read somewhat in need of cleaning) color of the walls gives the perception of a soft image.
As the camera pans to the entry door of the apartment, one can see a video terminal above a control panel to the left of the door. The clarity of the black smudgy dirt surrounding all three buttons below the video screen stands in stark contrast to the scene before where surface texture and shading on the off-white wall was about all of the detail offered (and this led to the scene having a soft appearance). In the scene where the Chinese Junk vender is serving Dallas , when panning into the apartment with its off-white walls and out of focus rear wall, gives the appearance of a soft scene. When the Camera switches back to the Chef giving his dialogue, the detail of his Junk, the cooking utensils and his clothes etc scream razor sharp detail. The scene where TFE is looking down through layers of floating traffic pops 3D as much as any scene could.
I first noticed film grain in the third scene I believe, where the desert scene is framed against a clear blue sky. This is where the two little boys are working for the gentleman drawing hieroglyphs. The blue sky is full of film grain, but this is part of the film itself. I looked for, but did not see any dirt or dust specs, or any obvious scratches. The closest it comes was the stars flickering against a night sky, but hey stars twinkle. :-) Detail of the carvings being deciphered is absolutely jaw-dropping.
The detail in the four stones, the surrounding Hieroglyphs, and texture of the stone walls inside the temple are magnificent. The fact is that in some scenes a certain female's anatomy berides evidence that the studio must have been kept very chilly indeed!
There is so much humor hidden in this movie, and one example is where the Priest is walking into Dallas's apartment and calls Dallas "Mr. Willis". Bruce never skips a beat and responds, "It's Dallas". Bruce surely knows how to deliver a line.
I have not watched the BluRay version of TFE yet (BB demo with little time to spend watching it) does not give me enough info to make comment yet.
TFE is not the best transfer of film that I have in my Library. It is a very enjoyable Hi-Def experience, but visually it is in the upper-middle of the pack when compared to certain D-Theater and HBO/Starz C-Band offerings.
I thought maybe some might find my opinion of this HBO offering interesting. If not; I am sorry for wasting the bandwidth.