Watched the blu ray of The Great Escape on my 60inch Sharp 2012 640U monitor. Overall it was the best I ever have ever seen the film on home video. I did see the movie in the theater upon first release and it looked great. I think the last time I saw it at home was on VHS pan and scan and Steve McQueen was in the cooler throwing the ball out of frame.
I understand about the softness of the optical shots in the film, the titles and the dissolves. But one thing perplexes me. During the 4th of July sequence all of the outdoor scenes are soft but the intercut interior (studio) scenes all look sharp. So were there problems shooting the outdoor scenes during that whole sequence or perhaps exteriors during the whole film? Or did they shoot the exteriors diffused?