in typical ABC fashion, this film looks very soft, grainy, and DVD-like. i sound like a broken record whenever ABC starts HD. i did an A/B with my DVD and I am sticking with the DVD. there is more EE on the DVD but I feel it is more detailed.
Is it wide screen? I'm just picking up the east coast feed on Dish right now. I have to wait for the west coast OTA from San Diego to get it in HDTV. but. right now it is in 4:3 format and start of film said it was modified to fit your TV.
it is in widescreen and the audio is fine in houston. it did have a "simulcast on HDTV" logo at the beginning. i gotta say this is a step up from previous ABC HD shows but it could still be better. maybe it will never be any better for someone who has to upconvert it to 1080i
Looks very grainy and no better (possibly slightly worse) than the DVD. I realize some of the grain was intentional from Spielberg but this definitely does not appear to be a good transfer of the film. How does this version compare to the HBO version, anyone?
Originally posted by romy101 Audio popping here in south florida. Is it just me?
Nope, it's not just you. LOTS of very, very loud audio popping. Happens a lot with WPLG's showing of HD movies. Enough to make some films completely unwatchable. They've been on the air with a digital signal since 1999...you'd expect them to get it right by now.
Apparently, the audio problems affected South Florida only. It got so bad that they took the HD feed offline for about 10 minutes, got it fixed, then put the HD feed back without the audio problems. Oh well, I guess I was foolish to think I would have a copy for my archives.
The film has the same "vertical streaking" which is very noticable in the flames. From what I can remember it looks the same as the HBO version. I too am watching on my UM and in theory I should have the best picture I can get. The DD is very good from ABC.
Slightly better than DVD. Some audio popping in the surrounds. WAY TOO MANY COMMERCIALS. I don't see what the MPAA is worried about. How can anyone prefer to watch THIS over DVD when you have to suffer through the network mind garbage?
Does anyone have an HDTV that does 720P. I find that the 720P upconverted to 1080i on my Pioneer does not look better than my DVD's. I have watched Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and now SPR. On all three, I have found my 480P DVD's look better than the upconverted 720P.
Is there a easily discernabile difference between 480P DVD's and a television that can output 720P?
Did a comparison between DVD (480p) and the HDTV broadcast (1080i) this evening from the ABC station in Cincinnati. The DVD looks much sharper and more detailed. I am not pleased at all with this transfer from ABC. Also it seems that Dobly 5.1 is not being broadcast from the Cincy station.
Also, I thought that there were supposed to be no commercials tonight?? I will watch the DVD thank you very much.
OK, I know that they have to make a living. But first of all, they flat out lied to us - in their press release and on the air! Fine. They have to do commercials. Five minutes on. One to two off??!!! Last network movie I watch.
PQ: Grainy. Seen better DVDs. Seen far superior HD movies. Shame.
I think I must have a completely different setup than your guys; it looked great on my HD setup; first time I've seen it since its release, and it's as powerful and important now as it was then; I'm so glad this movie was made.
Althought I've had the DVD for some time, tonight's broadcast was the first time I've seen SPR. I had my father (WWII vet) and close family friends, children of a two-star general, over. ABC's treatment was mixed, as reported above.
Horrific and honest (I'm told) in it's depiction of the heat of battle. Bravo to all involved!
But it's strange I think for a major network to show what I believe to be a very anti-war film as our nation is waging battle overseas . . .
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