Originally Posted by RobHam
Old man - you were right. I watched the BD of this tonight and the uplift from DVD is enormous.
In cliched terms - I saw things in this film that I hadn't in >100 viewings.
To understand how the cash-strapped unwashed public thinks (not to forward myself as champion) - I have >300 dvds of movies <1953. My extreme reluctance to re-purchase Harvey on BD was based on all the other movies I have on DVD that would cascade down from this - from Capra to Curtiz and Walsh.
The elastic wallet broke.
When I bought into DVD I assumed this digital format would be the final hard purchase, and everything I had would eventually go ono a multi T-Byte hard-drive.
I didnt anticipate that BD would bring additional restoration of favourite movies.
Given that the BD of Harvey is a beautiful thing to watch - how much of this is due to the restoration process, and how much to the 1080p deliverance?
In other words, what am I buying - an HD restoration of a much loved movie, or a restoration that just happens to be released on blu-ray but would look equally as good on a down-rezzed DVD?
What you're buying is a 2k, wet-gate, pin-registered scan, from the original nitrate negative...
of a beautifully shot film.
Shot btw, by William Daniels, who was working as early as 1917. Camera operator on Blind Husbands (1919), Cinematographer on Foolish Wives (1922)...
and a few more titles to make the point.
Greed, The Merry Widow, Flesh and the Devil, Love, Queen Kelly, Anna Christie, Mata Hari, Grand Hotel, Dinner at Eight, Queen Christina (we need that one on Blu-ray), Camille, Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, For Me and My Gal, The Canterville Ghost, The Naked City, Winchester '73, Strategic Air Command, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, How the West Was Won, Von Ryan's Express...
He knew his way around a camera and film stock.
And very nice work from Universal.