Yes, I love this film. It's a wonderful old-fashioned character story. A refreshing change of pace. But, darn it. Frank, you've got us all trained. I find myself thinking, "What will Frank say?" Watched long enough to decide it was worth a look at another time when I can catch it from the beginning.
Frank is going to get everyone to agree this is great picture quality, then later prove it is actually an image constrained MPAA compliant format. This will really tick off the "Chicken Littles", but they will stick to their guns.
Enjoyed the production. Via Time Warner Cable's Scientific Atlanta 2000HD converter, image fidelity seemed moderately good. (Discovered last summer, as I rapidly AB-ed 8-VSB versions of HBO films with those from my 2000HD, that the cable-converter versions have a faint 'fog' that diminishes the finest detail.) The sense I also had about "The Natural" as I watched "Bagger" was explained when the credits showed Robert Redford both co-produced and directed the film. As always, the OAR would be best. -- John
Frank doesn't need to suck us in to prove a point. I too thought Bagger Vance was a great transfer. I am very pleased with the quality and quantity of HD available today and it is only going to getting better.
'Bagger Vance' has a very large depth of field with a very sharp focus throughout. I have seen other HBO films that looked just as sharp but sufferend from edge enhancement. An example would be 'The Last Emperor'. TLE might be somewhat sharper but the EE hurts the picture.
This film looks very sharp without the anoying exagerated edge contrast.
With nothing better to watch on Saturday, I flipped over to HBO-HD and decided to watch Baggar Vance. I had never seen it before, didn't know much about it. I typically try to stay away from the Bob Redford "artsy-fartsy" flicks, but since Will Smith was in this one (who I enjoy), I thought I'd give it a view. (BTW, was this Jack Lemmon's last film appearance?)
I thought it was great. PQ was what HD film is supposed to look like. I thought the dynamic range of the soundtrack had way too many ups and downs, but that's probably the way it was mixed. Since it was late night viewing and the kids were in bed, I cranked the center channel to keep the total sound down, which didn't give me much chance to hear anything from the rears.
I was curious about the AOR, since HBO is notorious for reformatting films to fit a 16x9 frame. But from I could tell, it didn't look like I was missing much. Everything was framed reasonably well. I particularly liked the camera shots of the main character "finding the field" and the shots from the ball's perspective. Interesting camera work!
All in all, I thought this was a great presentation. I hate to watch movies "just because they are in HD", but I wasn't disappointed this time. I wish all of HBO's HD presentations looked this good.
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