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Actually, The Walking Dead looked much better last year compared to the earlier seasons. Surprisingly, Fear the Walking Dead looks even better, though there are still some very poor scenes, especially at night with some murky blacks and noise.
 

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The Walking Dead always looked terrible on cable - AMC's limited budget really showed up in how they filmed the series. Better to hide lower quality FX and zombie prosthetics from the viewing audience.;)
Regarding "AMC's limited budget," I often wondered why series like The Walking Dead reflected that budget while other series, like Hell on Wheels, did not. The latter had some amazing PQ compared to the former.
 

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Regarding "AMC's limited budget," I often wondered why series like The Walking Dead reflected that budget while other series, like Hell on Wheels, did not. The latter had some amazing PQ compared to the former.
Partly I believe was Walking Dead's producers consciously going for a gritty aesthetic. I also think when the show was first green-lit they didn't anticipate it becoming the number one-rated show on cable. If they had known that in advance, maybe the budget would have been higher in those early seasons.
 

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I washed the whole episode of Fear the Walking Dead last night and the PQ was very, very good...even the night scenes which featured deep blacks and excellent shadow details. AMC obviously has a good following on this series to give it such a beautiful "face lift."
 

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Currently watching season three and it looks the same as the first two. Hard to believe the budget was still low after it was such a big hit after two seasons. The low PQ must be an aesthetic decision.
 

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Walking Dead, The: Season 2

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Rough looking for such a recent show, but that's probably intentional. The biggest knock on the quality is the low detail, looks like something in between DVD and BD. Color is good with all the forest and wide open spaces, everything else is appropriately gritty and dull.
The Walking Dead always looked terrible on cable - AMC's limited budget really showed up in how they filmed the series. Better to hide lower quality FX and zombie prosthetics from the viewing audience.;)
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Actually, The Walking Dead looked much better last year compared to the earlier seasons. Surprisingly, Fear the Walking Dead looks even better, though there are still some very poor scenes, especially at night with some murky blacks and noise.
Regarding "AMC's limited budget," I often wondered why series like The Walking Dead reflected that budget while other series, like Hell on Wheels, did not. The latter had some amazing PQ compared to the former.
Partly I believe was Walking Dead's producers consciously going for a gritty aesthetic. I also think when the show was first green-lit they didn't anticipate it becoming the number one-rated show on cable. If they had known that in advance, maybe the budget would have been higher in those early seasons.
I washed the whole episode of Fear the Walking Dead last night and the PQ was very, very good...even the night scenes which featured deep blacks and excellent shadow details. AMC obviously has a good following on this series to give it such a beautiful "face lift."
Currently watching season three and it looks the same as the first two. Hard to believe the budget was still low after it was such a big hit after two seasons. The low PQ must be an aesthetic decision.

According to IMDB, TWD is filmed on 16 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 7219) which I think would account for the loss of high level detail and general grittiness. Fear TWD, in contrast, is filmed with Arri Alexa cameras, so it should look notably better than 16mm film.
 

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Currently watching season three and it looks the same as the first two. Hard to believe the budget was still low after it was such a big hit after two seasons. The low PQ must be an aesthetic decision.
Again, the PQ does get better (though it is minimal compared to other series on AMC), but be patient for you won't see it for a few more seasons!
 

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What is the best looking black and white disc you've seen?
Casablanca (1943) DVD, All About Eve (1950) DVD, and Sunset Boulevard (1950) BD, but sometimes I'm swayed by how good the movie is. :cool:
 

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Let me think on that for awhile. I only have a few in my Blu-ray library and off the top of my head Hitchcock's Psycho comes to mind as being one of the best. Another one that just came to mind was Schindler's List.
Got the Psycho (1960) 2016 BD recently. Looking forward to viewing. First coupla scenes while checking player reading looked very good.

 
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Got the Psycho (1960) 2016 BD recently. Looking forward to viewing. First coupla scenes while checking player reading looked very good.

Okay, I'm wondering if that is the same Blu-ray that I received with my "Alfred Hitchcock Essentials Collection." I'm thinking it is; if so, you should be impressed with the restoration they did. It had an excellent gray-scale with beautiful blacks/shadow details and brilliant whites. If memory serves me there were some artifacts so they weren't able to do a complete "scrub" on the restoration, but it meets my "standards" for a film that old. Enjoy!:cool:

One more thing...the Blu-ray cover makes it look like it's in COLOR, but I've never heard of any restoration of Psycho being done in color. Let me know if I'm wrong regarding this...and if I am wrong, let me know what it looks like in color.
 

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Okay, I'm wondering if that is the same Blu-ray that I received with my "Alfred Hitchcock Essentials Collection." I'm thinking it is; if so, you should be impressed with the restoration they did. It had an excellent gray-scale with beautiful blacks/shadow details and brilliant whites. If memory serves me there were some artifacts so they weren't able to do a complete "scrub" on the restoration, but it meets my "standards" for a film that old. Enjoy!:cool:

One more thing...the Blu-ray cover makes it look like it's in COLOR, but I've never heard of any restoration of Psycho being done in color. Let me know if I'm wrong regarding this...and if I am wrong, let me know what it looks like in color.
Your collection release date is 2013. The most recent Psycho (1960) single Blu-ray releases are 2010 (50th Anniversary/Bates Motel cover), 2014 (Steel Book/Iconic Art cover), 2016 (Pop Art cover). Bluraydotcom shows the same specs for all these, including your collection's Psycho (1960). All black and white. Cheers.
 

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Walking Dead, The: Season 2

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Rough looking for such a recent show, but that's probably intentional. The biggest knock on the quality is the low detail, looks like something in between DVD and BD. Color is good with all the forest and wide open spaces, everything else is appropriately gritty and dull.
I remember I bought the first season of the Walking Dead back when it was new (2010 or something?) which was still the early days of blu-ray. I was certain that I accidentally bought the DVD...
 

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I remember I bought the first season of the Walking Dead back when it was new (2010 or something?) which was still the early days of blu-ray. I was certain that I accidentally bought the DVD...
...and I would have thought I was watching a VHS recording that had somehow been transferred to a DVD!

Seriously though, the first 6 seasons or so were horrendous and then it got somewhat better, most notably in daytime scenes or close-ups. But it still never compared to Fear the Walking Dead or the Hell on Wheels series.
 
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There were some scenes sprinkled throughout this season that looked really good, mostly conversations between characters in daylight conditions. Overall though, still on the rough side.
 

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It gets a "little better" as the seasons progress, but as I intimated earlier, the nighttime scenes are still quite GRITTY, MURKY and NOISY.
 
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The Case of Hana & Alice


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The 2015 anime movie receives a fine presentation on Blu-ray courtesy of GKIDS next week. Featuring 3-D CG and rotoscoping, the animation isn't up to par with the latest Hollywood blockbusters. The transfer has rock-solid black levels. This isn't a wildly over-saturated color palette, working in flatter and more realistic tones.


Regular anime watchers on Blu-ray should know what to expect from this mid-tier Japanese anime production. The AVC encode avoids banding, always a critical thing for animated films.
 

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To those that've viewed Lawrence of Arabia and 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm, how far off is the UHD experience from the theater experience? Will there ever be a home format that exceeds the big film experience in a theater?
 

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70mm movie projections are so rare or distant in the past, that I have the impression some people are "romantizing" the format as something incredible that can't be replicated, kinda like some think of vinyl recordings. I doubt people saw Lawrence of Arabia at theaters at thought "omg! There's so much detail, clarity and textures, this is so razor sharp" like we refer to movies these days. I believe it can look today much better than it looked in previous home versions, and probably better than at theaters, but I believe 1080p BD and UHD with HDR capability can come close enough to such quality, at least to the point of saying "OK, this looks, really, really good ".

Or...maybe I'm completely wrong. But that's kinda the point. How many people are in position to really assess the quality of 70mm projections? Very few. So at this point is basically a stuff of legend.

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I doubt people saw Lawrence of Arabia at theaters at thought "omg! There's so much detail, clarity and textures, this is so razor sharp" like we refer to movies these days.
Yeah, I don't remember thinking that.

What I do remember thinking is, "Why are we watching a static shot of the desert. (10s go by, 20s, etc). OMG! There's a man way down there walking toward us, he's a dot, now he's 2 dots, ... IT'S LAWRENCE!"

Also, in Dancing with Wolves. Sort of mentally panning back over the course of a few moments to realize that he's standing in a (apparently) miles-wide downtrodden path of a herd of buffaloes that was bigger than the town I lived in at the time.

Those experiences really were breathtaking.
 
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