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With the announcement of Scrubs season 8 on Blu-ray, there has been some debate as to whether the other 7 seasons would benefit from a blu-ray transfer. I took my HD capture of the last eppy (which began with flashbacks of the very first episode) and compared it to the DVD version. The results are below.

There is some slight cropping at the top and bottom but there is definitely more information on the sides. I wonder if this means HD versions of all 7 seasons could follow? 8 comes out in November.













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Nice, it was probably protected for 16:9, and I'm guessing we'll see widescreen versions of several shows from around that time (stuff like Six Feet Under which only had 4:3 DVDs for the early seasons.)
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So you're gaining information on the sides, but losing information on the top and bottom. Look at the contents of the red box in that last picture. Interesting.


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So you're gaining information on the sides, but losing information on the top and bottom. Look at the contents of the red box in that last picture. Interesting.

It was likely shot on Super16 (with an aspect ratio of 1.66:1), so that the full frame is somewhere between 4:3 and 16:9 makes sense.
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It was likely shot on Super16 (with an aspect ratio of 1.66:1), so that the full frame is somewhere between 4:3 and 16:9 makes sense.

what's the max resolution of Super16?

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Well, this is one where I don't know how I feel.

I am very much against the practice of forcing widescreen on material that was originally composed for 4:3. (OAR is not just about preserving widescreen.) That also goes for material that may have been protected for 16:9. After all, people are up in arms when a DVD is released open matte. As with open matte, what matters is what it was composed for, not what it was shot in.

Here, I'm just not sure what the OAR is. It may be a case where neither is really "correct."
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what's the max resolution of Super16

No idea, but it's certainly enough to make use of 1080p. The thing about 16mm is that the harsher grain size likely means the image is more susceptible to manipulation like DNR, sharpening and poor compression, so you really need a quality transfer to make the most of it.
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