Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn
The capability of the format is the least important factor since ,although different, in most circumstances it simply isn't the limiting factor. The care from telecine to compression to choice of and quality of original source elements makes the difference. We've seen this rather dramatically in early BD releases being poorer than the same films over HBO!
Absolutely true. Maybe I didn't make my original point as clearly as I could have so let me rephrase: The technological performance of any format only represents the potential
level of quality possible. If the studios don't use the format to it's fullest extent, then sub-par quality will result. I saw this time and time again going from LaserDisc to DVD. While DVD is technologically superior, the studios would be cheap and use the old masters over again, resulting in "remastered" DVDs that looked no better than their LD counterparts during side-by-side comparisons. I see the same thing happening with HD DVD and BD.
In any event, the studios are in complete control of authoring, mastering and producing home-video releases and they have the greatest influence in final quality to the customer.