Posted September 04 2003 - 06:10 AM
| Don May Jr of Synapse is also indicating over at Mobius www.mhvf.net that there appear to be substantial PAL-NTSC artifacts visible and that the picture quality was better on the original Image release. Anyone confirm this? |
Interesting. Well, I held off selling my OOP Image Entertainment copy and did in fact do an A-B comparison with the new Universal version throughout the film.
Shadow and fine details are much improved in the new Universal transfer, and even if you zoom and re-scale the non-16:9 image of the older release (i.e via the Panny RP-91), the framing seems wrong - too cropped on all sides. The image of the new transfer is also much more stable. Mosquito noise is present around fine details, but the Image Entertainment version is worse.
The only benefit of the older release is that it appears to be encoded properly so you don't have that bizarre-o interlacing freakshow watching it via progressive scan in "auto" mode. To be fair, the new Universal version is quite watchable using the RP-91's "video" mode - but again, interlace artifacts crop up now and again.
If this is, in fact, an authoring screw-up, I would think a recall is in order. Universal was good at correcting the much more minor (IMHO) framing probs in BTTF, so I would hope they do something similar here.
I just e-mailed Universal about the prob. Will relay the response when I receive it.