Originally Posted by GMpasqua
Please keep in mind, the quality of a blu-ray on this site is based upon industry experts and home theater enthusiasts. Their level of acceptability is so much greater than the average Blu-ray /DVD purchaser. Many people who by DVD's aren't as concerned with the quality to the extend that someone like Mr Harris would be. Most people have never seen classic films in a theater and if they did it was so long along they can not possibly be able to compare what they saw to a current DVD/Blu-ray. Nor are they familiar with the elements of restoration.
Many thought "Patton" looked great on Blu-ray - it was just on the larger set that the quality became an issue.
Buying classic films on Blu-Ray WILL look better than the DVd, and it will send the message to the studios that classics will sell
Classic films on Blu-ray WILL NOT necessarily look better than DVD. Compare the DVD of 'Out of Africa' with the DNR'd-to-death Blu-ray version and notice Meryl Streep's and Klaus Maria Brandaeur's faces. Their skins look plastic, not flesh-like. They remind me of the cover of the program for the play 'Private Lives', starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Their faces were airbrushed (in extremis) in a mindless attempt to make them look younger. In Burton's case, the result was the removal of all the wonderful character that one associated with him. Not a wrinkle, not a pockmark, no age-related sagging was in evidence, in contrast to the actor I saw on stage and later on the street.