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#61 of 68 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted May 20 2008 - 08:04 PM

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I recently had to deal with an idiot director who kept swearing he could easily transfer his Beta SP project to HD Video with true 1080p anamorphic image. Perhaps he's now an executive at Sony?

That's a good one. Unfortunately, he'll probably make Senior VP someday.

Actually, there is a filter for Final Cut Pro called InstantHD that works with 480p video conversions to 720p and 1080p. It works well, but it isn't "true HD" and it never will be. It doesn't work so well for interlaced material. Let's face it, old videotape is never going to look all that great on an HD monitor, even with upconversion. You can go back to the earliest generation possible, but it will never look better than that. It's a limitation of the technology, but thanks to Norman Lear's influence and his deliberate need to make All in the Family look as unpleasant as possible, many 1970s sitcoms and most of the 1980s sitcoms are locked into 480i resolution forever.

No one watches these shows for their production values anyway. You want good production values, watch Dynasty. I'm surprised Embassy even approved the budget for film on this show and not any others (except the short-lived Palmerstown USA and some TV movies). And then there's the whole longevity and compatibility thing. While the negatives to this show and other filmed series could be transferred on any modern telecine, the number of existing machines which can play back the 2" tapes for All in the Family and its ilk is dwindling and will eventually reach zero.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


#62 of 68 OFFLINE   Robert13

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Posted May 21 2008 - 01:41 AM

I picked up the set yesterday and I love it! Excellent set!

Was hoping to see some new "coming soon" spots on the tv-on-dvd brochure but it was the same old stuff.

The special features were great too. Some cool insight provided.


#63 of 68 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted May 21 2008 - 06:50 AM

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that's what I thought. It was just strange the guy would compare it to Newhart since that first season was shot on video.

"The guy" mentioned Newhart because "the guy" didn't KNOW that Pegs was shot on film until he watched it. "The guy" expected it to be on video and he used Newhart as a reference to the kind of visuals he THOUGHT he'd get.

"The guy" was simply trying to point out that DVD Talk's mediocre rating for PQ is nuts because Pegs looks great, ESPECIALLY for a 25-year-old TV show...
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#64 of 68 OFFLINE   Corey3rd

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Posted May 21 2008 - 08:15 AM

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"The guy" mentioned Newhart because "the guy" didn't KNOW that Pegs was shot on film until he watched it. "The guy" expected it to be on video and he used Newhart as a reference to the kind of visuals he THOUGHT he'd get.

"The guy" was simply trying to point out that DVD Talk's mediocre rating for PQ is nuts because Pegs looks great, ESPECIALLY for a 25-year-old TV show...

If it's shot on 35mm and they didn't store the transfer elements in a dumpster, it should always look better than a series shot on video from the early 80s. Your comment was confusing since it didn't mention that Square Pegs was shot on film. I was thinking it was video like Bosom Buddies.
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#65 of 68 OFFLINE   moogaboo

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Posted May 23 2008 - 03:08 PM

It's a minor moment and by no means does it detract from the overall quality of the Square Pegs set, but can anyone confirm or deny whether some music has been replaced in the Child's Christmas in Weemawee episode, the scene where Patty and her father are talking in the car? It sounds... a bit off.

#66 of 68 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted May 27 2008 - 02:52 AM

I just have to add, I've watched the first four episodes on the DVD and at least I think the transfer is excellent. It looks better than it did when it first aired.

#67 of 68 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted May 31 2008 - 02:39 AM

"The guy" posted his review:

Square Pegs: The Complete Series (1982)
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#68 of 68 OFFLINE   Jay_B!

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Posted June 03 2008 - 11:48 AM

Nice to know at least there's one 80's classic on DVD I don't have to worry about getting abandoned :lol:

No matter what you think about Sex And The City (I personally love the show and the movie), you have to be thankful that it gave SJP the clout that Sony took a chance and released this on DVD with extras and everything, since they figured she was a big enough name to actually consider releasing this in an era when Sony won't release anything from the 70's and 80's.





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