A Few Words About A few words about...™ Funny Face -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. rsmithjr

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    Great story! I know that many indie houses are using Blu-ray for some titles, even new ones. Can you tell us about the circuit?

    On the opposite side, I see a lot of classics at the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto run by David Packard. They only use 35mm projection with carbon arcs and changeovers, very old school. They also have access to places like the UCLA Archive for prints and gets some amazing things.

    Sadly, i often think that the Blu-ray of a given title would look better than the print they are able to find, and certainly sound better. I just saw Double Indemnity a few weeks ago there (during a Barbara Stanwick festival) and am looking forward to comparing it to the new Blu-ray (in my mind) a few weeks hence.

    I suggested to David that DCP's and Blu-rays might have their place in his theatre, expecting a rejection of the idea. Somewhat surprisingly, he said he was thinking about it.

    I really see DCP and Blu-ray as furthering the cause of classic and indie theaters by increasing availability and quality.
     
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    David Matychuk, 58". I think I'll preface any future posts in this forum this way, so that when I post my delight about the "Funny Face" Blu-Ray everyone else can just smile and shake their heads sadly. Should I be glad that I'll never be able to afford Mr. Kane's dream set-up?
     
  3. Kevin EK

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    RAH makes a critical point. Studios will spend some money on some catalogue titles but not on all of them. Some titles, like Wizard of Oz, Goldfinger, Casablanca, will see release after release and new transfer after new transfer. Other movies get an HD transfer that doesn't indicate much time was spent on it. And other movies are either left in the vaults or only available via MOD. It's the same with classic tv. A series like Twilight Zone or Star Trek is sure to get a new transfer for blu-ray and a lot of tlc. A series like Hill Street Blues or Homicide is unlikely to get such treatment. It's a shame, but it's hard to argue with the financial numbers.
     
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    A good question. I have the U.K. BRD and it looks good when projected onto my 10' wide screen.

    If Mr. Kane's set-up, using a smaller screen, makes the disc look intolerably bad, then the question becomes: what's the point? What's the point of creating a special projector, buying a special screen, calibrating everything to an infinite degree, if the result is that normal discs look bad?

    I'll have another look at Funny Face over Easter to see if it's as bad as RAH suggests or as good as I remember.
     
  5. OliverK

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    That is probably the sad reality. A musical with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn - Audrey who? And they are all dead, already!Still additonal expenses for grain reduction and/or sharpening are absolutely unnecessary in such a scenario and only make matters worse. If only studios understood this I could live with a release of an old master but the addiotional tinkering to make these Blu-rays (in the mind of some people at the studio? I can only guess) fresh and new is insulting and not helpful at all, fortunately Gunfight at the O.K. Corral got away!
     
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    I shall wait for the invite and take advantage of it.
     
  7. OliverK

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    I suggest that it looks as described as I know that version and believe it to be identical to the US transfer.It will also depend on your sensitivity to certain things and interest in film and how things usually look that are shot on film and in certain processes. I am not sure that I would suggest for you to get more knowledgable about this as you will probably enjoy a lot of classic movies less than before. In summary it depends on your approach to this hobby of ours.I have to do with people looking at bigger projected pictures to some degree and the level of sharpening and noise reduction that some apply to pictures and that they are clearly happy with is astonishing so I can assure you that not everybody will see the same thing, not even in the same room and on the same screen.
     
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    So how does this look compared to the recent blu-ray of In The Heat of the Night? Currently that is my low bar this year for sub-par blu-ray transfers of a AAA film. Not terrible but thoroughly lackluster. I just have a 50" but it was easy to see how weak the transfer was.

    I'll still buy it since it seems to be an "acceptable" blu-ray for TV viewing. Definitely sounds like Paramount just used the same HD source used in the Centennial DVD some years back. Not a deal-breaker, but not exactly something I'll be rushing out to buy right away.
     
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    Funny Face looks like affected video. Nothing like film. And certainly nothing like Vista.The less one is aware of the true capabilities of film, and the less one is exposed to true cinema, the better these hybrid beasts will look.My battle, since day one, has been to achieve a level of performance via the ability of the Blu-ray format to reproduce the look of film. Nothing more.Nothing less.By those standards, Funny Face is a failure, as it beautifully reproduces the look of low to medium quality video.RAH
     
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    Quite frankly, the thought of spending all that money so that half of my blu-ray collection and ALL of my DVD's can look like shit doesn't sound like much of a dream to me.
     
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    What are you talking about? I just saw her in a Dove chocolate commercial!

    :)
     
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    Interesting - over here in Europe she is still pretty much unknown but in the US Paramount and Warner should bring out more movies and advertise them as "starring the girl from the Dove chocolate commercial" - I am sure that sales to the unwashed masses will explode :D
     
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    Audrey Hepburn ? Pretty (yes) much unknown (Hello ?) in Europe ? What have you been smokin' ? :huh:
     
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    She is pretty much unknown in Europe because she wasn't in a Dove chocolate commercial like in the US :) This is not really meant to be taken seriously although it is probably not too far from the truth for a large segment of the younger population...
     
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    You are right. Nobody watches Amazing Race either...And everybody was like..."Why are those people Sitting on a scooter?"
     
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    I don't know anything about the interests of young people from Europe, but I work in a major cultural institution in NYC, and I see scores of young women from Europe wearing tee-shirts emblazoned with Audrey Hepburn's image every day, so there must be some awareness of who she is, even if they just like the clothes she wears, as FUNNY FACE is certainly a perfect illustration of her collaboration with Hubert de Givenchy.
     
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    That's what I've been saying about the Disney animated features (lone voice in the wilderness)
     
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    Not a lone voice, many people have been complaining about the Disney animated releases, i have been complaining for years.

    I would add that on page 1 you say you projected Funny Face on a ten foot screen and couldn't see the grain reduction and edge enhancement, i saw it immediately on viewing the screencaps with a laptop screen size of just 17 inches........just saying and, to me this is the problem, some people are just not seeing the issues regardless of the screen size, be happy about that, i can't be happy.
     
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    I was looking at the European release. It may be different.
     
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    I watched it about six months ago, I guess. I remember being struck by the incredibly beautiful color and perfect contrast levels. I wasn't looking for sharpening/grain smoothing, so I might have just overlooked it because of the incredible color. My personal tastes put priority on overall balances over fine details. It's actually easier to find sharp, clear blu-rays than ones with really good contrast/color.Also, I think my projection system might be doing some sort of cleaning up of sharpening artifacts. I stared at the UK Zulu over and over trying to figure out what people were complaining about, and I couldn't see it at all. Netflix HD streaming looks fantastic projected.The only films I can think of (besides the obvious Disney ones) that bother me when it comes to grain smoothing are Evil Dead II and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
     

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