Here we are well into year two of the HD battle and the studios are generally playing it safe (and cheap) by releasing mostly recent titles or catalog titles that they had made HD transfers of within the past decade for regular DVD release. Even the restored titles like "Adventures of Robin Hood", "Casablanca" and "The Searchers" came out on DVD first. "Grand Prix", "Battle of the Bulge", "Mutiny on the Bounty" all came from 65mm sources and should look good in HD. But not all the catalog titles from the '80's have lived up to my expectations for HD release. I'm beginning to think the studios are not really pulling out all the stops to give us the best that the HD experience should be, with newly made transfer material with digital cleanup and new HD transfers using the latest in scanning equipment. They are reaching into the vaults for the best they have on hand and giving us that. When I anticipated HD on DVD I was expecting everything older in years to look like "The Searchers" does. ("The Adventures of Robin Hood" looks nice, but it doesn't look like Technicolor.) "Casablanca" looks great too. But where did "The Fugitive" or "Traffic" or "Lora Croft..." come from? I can see where many people on the fence about jumping in to the HD arena see little difference between HD and upconverted DVD on a nice HDTV in many instances. If this "new" format is going to take off for the masses, we need to have more classic films, not just the "Spiderman's" and "Pirates" and "Matrix's", and they need to look as good as those mentioned trilogies do. Then we'll start to see people joining the HD family. (To be honest, I'm not a Blu collector, I'm HD-DVD, so maybe they have more classics available).
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8/3/07 at 2:39pm