I have a question, and this is the closest thread I could find to my topic so I thought I would try to reanimate it.
80GB PS3, not yet updated to firmware 2.50
Samsung HL-S6188W - 61" 1080p DLP (seating at around 10 ft)
Sony DVP-NC85H - 5-Disc DVD player w/upconversion
I have Iron-Man in both Blu-Ray and standard DVD. I'm kicking around the idea of getting a stand alone Blu-Ray player, specifically the Sony BDP-S550, so I decided to see how much better the Iron-Man Blu-Ray would be versus the standard def version. I used the PS3 to play the Blu-Ray (obviously) and then used the Sony DVD player to play the standard. The Sony DVD player is set to upconvert to 1080i. We watched the scene that starts with Stark/Iron-Man blowing up the tank and missiles and then flying away to be chased by the fighter jets.
The bottom line here is that I really expected huge, glaring differences between the two discs. What I saw, however, were some minor differences but nothing really spectacular. Mostly just a vague, undefinable minor difference in clarity overall and a couple of specific sections with a noticeable amount of additional detail. And worse yet, my wife (who CLAIMED to be looking for differences
) saw NO difference between the two.
So, this is not to start another "Blu-Ray isn't that much better" discussion because I know technically it is, but rather to ask if anyone else has had the opportunity to compare this particular movie in the two versions that could give their thoughts on this? Is this a bad example for comparison? From what I've read the Iron-Man Blu-Ray is one of the better discs for picture quality. Is the standard def version just a really great transfer also and hence the smaller differences, or is something else going on here?