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For those who didn't know (or may have forgotten), Spider-Man premieres tonight on HBO-HD in 1080i. I thought the DVD transfer was pretty disappointing, and hope this presentation sets the bar for HBO-HD, which seems to be continually improving. (No, I didn't see 'Scooby Doo' which got rave posts in another thread, because you've got to draw a line in the sand somewhere).:)


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I'm definitely going to try to get this one on tape. Hopefully it'll be pretty good looking and in 5.1. Of course it won't be OAR, but that's why we love HBO.
 

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Of course it won't be OAR, but that's why we love HBO.
Dean,

Why so sure about this? Fifth Element and a few others I have seen on HBO-HD have been OAR, although I'm not even sure I remember what the OAR for this film was.


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16:9 OAR
 

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I'm definitely going to try to get this one on tape. Hopefully it'll be pretty good looking and in 5.1. Of course it won't be OAR, but that's why we love HBO.
Spiderman was 1.85:1 in most theaters if I remember correctly BUT it was also shown at 1.33:1 in the IMAX.


I believe it was shot in super 35mm which means it had different mattes for the different productions.


It is possible that 16:9 will give the best of both worlds.


Can't jump down HBO's throat on this one ... yet.


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If it was originally 1.85, then I wouldn't stress out about it much if it's just opening up the matte to 1.78. I'd thought I remembered it being 2.35, but I must have mis-remembered.
 

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Has anyone noticed that HBO may be changing their ways? Ive had HBO HD for sometime now, and started to notice different films in different aspect ratios here lately. Something I never saw a few months ago...


Do you think they are starting to show things at OAR now?


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Well I don't know abot anyone else, but while the HBO-HD presentation was an improvement over the DVD, I was disappointed as IMO, the picture looked soft.


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I was variable. Some real good scenes, some not so good. Overall pretty good. I definitely noticed that the digital special effects look much more obvious on HD than in the theater. I take this as us getting a better presentation at home than in even a good theater.
 

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Although I did not get to watch the entire movie, the parts I saw of Spiderman were visually stunning. I used the HDCP DVI output on the Samsung Sat/Receiver connected to a Marantz S2 HDCP DVI input projected on a 110" FireHawk screen.


Extremely film-like (no softness to the scenes I viewed).


My only gripe was the DD Stereo surround sound that switched to 5.1 DD during the movie.


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I definitely noticed that the digital special effects look much more obvious on HD than in the theater
Definitely. The digitally generated images of Spiderman were often extremely obvious in the HD presentation.
 

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I thought the overal PQ of this movie in HD was quite good. I'd rank it somewhere in the middle as far as the various HD movies I've watched on HBO. Very enjoyable.
 

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I thought Spiderman looked very good. Wasn't soft at all. All the grain you saw on the DVD was gone in the HD-HBO transfer too. Looked more 3 dimensional. I watched the first 15 minutes of Scooby Doo last night and all I can say is Zoinks!!! That picture was excellent!! Very sharp, detailed, and colorful. This is one of the best HD transfers I have seen.


I think its important when people talk about things they watched and the picture quality to say what their source and display is. Especially since this topic is in the Digital projectors Forum.


I watched it on a Marantz VPS1 DLP projector on a 106" 16x9 1.0 gain screen with a RCA-DTC100 HD Sat Receiver using VGA.


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