Originally Posted by tenthplanet
And it what point do yo u pass from "It's feels like a movie" vs. It's really good video but it feels like a giant computer monitor.
In Alien the scene at the beginning when John Hurt rises from his incubation pod features a series of optical dissolves.
The 1992 laserdisc shows all the dirt and grain that were "baked in" to those dissolves because that was part of the photochemical work flow of the period. Whether Ridley Scott wanted that dirt there or not(he obviously did not)is irrelevant …….…..that is what he got and that is what audiences saw in 1979.
Scrub that dirt out(digitally) and you deprive modern viewers of what audiences saw back in the day on the big screen.
Star Trek The Motion Picture(released the same year as Alien) features a shot that has the USS Enterprise flying past Jupiter.
The 2001 special edition DVD and the Blu ray(released in 2009) used digital scrubbing and DNR to wipe clean all the dirt that was baked into that shot that is represented faithfully on the 1991 widescreen laserdisc.
In Superman The Movie(released in 1978) there is a shot where Supes flies into the clouds and atmosphere to commence turning back the world. Again, the 1991 laserdisc shows all the beautiful grain and dirt that was baked into those shots. No filtering, no digital manipulation.
The 2001 and 2006 DVDs, the 2011 blu ray and the 2018 UHD for Superman The Movie have scrubbed that shot clean.
Yes it looks objectively sharper and cleaner......it also looks unnatural and is not representative of what audiences saw back in the day...…. and the list goes on.