Originally Posted by Chuck B
Actually looking at my copy, I think the compression is the best thing about the entire disc. There's no macroblocking, no digital artifacts around areas of high contrast and no image break up on complex images. In fact, it passes the true encoding test and that's fades to and from black. Not many people know this, but that's one of the hardest things an encoder has to deal with (especially with low bit rates).
If they're releasing it in 4:3 without DNR, I'm totally going to trade mine in. There's no way an upconverted DVD will look better then scanned film encoded in HD. The encoder used to do the compression has a far, far greater effect on image quality then the bit rate. Also, just do the math. 4 DVD 9s (34.8GB) of information vs. 1 BD50 (50GB) of information.
For a distributor to go this far I think is a pretty big deal. Good on them.
I doubt on a projection system it will look good, no way can you fit 650 minutes onto one disc without filtering away high frequency information, just because it looks HD doesn't mean it fulfills the formats potential, you get "smooth" filtered HD and you get film like HD, this was shot 35mm film, can you really say it looks like it should look like.
It's a big deal indeed a huge deal for me that they chose one disc only, i have seen the results of over compression on films, such as Seraphim Falls, UK edition, ( just one example ) it turns everything smooth and the best detail is obliterated, it's DNR HD, its also obvious on a larger screen, maybe you like that, i don't, there is also the "blur effect" with DNR, sorry but can you really tell me this disc with 650 minutes on it looks good, i just doubt it.