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  1. paidgeek

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Red Tails & The Tuskegee Airmen -- in Blu-ray

    We watched Red Tails last night. I agree that it is based loosely on the real guys, but it just might make people curious to learn more about what they really accomplished. That said, I enjoyed the movie and I really liked the 'look' that was created. The presentation has a warmth and quality...
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    Carl Fink on Physics

    If I want to know how something works, I ask someone who studies that topic as a profession. Asking a mathematician for answers about organic systems makes about as much sense as asking a biologist to explain quantum physics.
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    Carl Fink on Physics

    http://www.lecb.ncifcrf.gov/~toms/paper/ev/AND-multiplication-error.html
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    I can't speak for any studio at this point, but in my past experience, they are certainly concerned about getting good pictures out there, that said, I'm confused by your statement. If you went to the theater 10 or even 5 years ago and a film had been in release for a few weeks, you would often...
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    It's understandable that on the face of it, you would think that you can't quadruple the encoded picture size without a proportional increase in average and peak data rate. In practice though, we are not encoding double the vertical and horizontal frequency, so the actual like for like bit rate...
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    My earlier point was that BD50 should be suitable for 4k with some considerations. a 100GB disc would be convenient for added value, but in my opinion, the economics don't justify the capital expense. It's not my place to discuss Penton. I'm sorry to see that went badly for him and others...
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    As a matter of fact, yes....:D And a nice break this Summer would be okay with me...
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    Thanks for the comments welcoming me back after a long hiatus. The company that I worked for until recently, like many companies, does not approve of participating in these types of forums because of the problems it often creates. That said, I no longer work for that company and until I...
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    It's possible, and there may be some trickle down benefit, but it represents an incompatible signal format that would have to be converted for legacy displays. From a content company marketing point of view, a total package with multiple improvements needs to be created. Think about a signal...
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    I think 4k can benefit both, again, not from a pure resolution play, but because it can fix other pervasive shortcomings.
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    Blu-ray can work and it is the most economical way to deliver high bitrate individual content (as opposed to broadcast). The investment in Blu-ray manufacturing is huge, it does not seem feasible to retool for a higher capacity ROM.
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    No, I don't have a comment. I haven't been in touch with him for quite a while.
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    Hi Robert, Let me start by saying I have corporate agenda for 4k but... I have did do some work on this previously and particularly from a filmmaker point of view, there are clear potential benefits. It is important not to get fixated on pixel count alone and consider other benefits that any...
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    I would like to say soon, but I just don't know. It has been seriously discussed for 2008, but we want to make sure it meets everyone's expectations...
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    I am happy to participate on the forum, but please excuse my delayed responses... In answer to your question, all the possibilities you mention happen. It depends on the deal and when the deal is made. This is at least in part why some titles look exceptional and others just so-so. Lately...
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    I'm pretty sure that Disney has this one. I don't know when they will release it, but I like it too.
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    We generally try to include the original mix for Blu-ray whether it is mono, stereo or what have you. We can do the same for Tommy.
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    Lot's of numbers posted on SM3 already. 130K in the first week is quoted the most.
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    Making Blu-ray discs is a many step process, but the key steps are film transfer/digital intermediate to create and HD master, compression for audio and video, authoring including menu artwork, and replication. There is no "re-format" going on. If the only video master of a film is standard...
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    Our schedule changes quite a bit, but we will have at least one or two classics out this spring.
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    I'll see if I can find out the basis for the added value decisions on BHD. If the seamless branched titles, Spiderman 2 and Close Encounters are well received, we may try to use that feature more for those titles that have multiple versions. It will take a fair bit of research to find out why...
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    I think you will see more of the classic titles in late 08' or 09'. Remember that we are still selling to early adopters and when these customers browse the shelf at retail shops, they want to see the new hits. Blu-ray is still earning its retail shelf space, so there is only so much room for...
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    Thanks, I'll do my best to answer you questions. They keep us on our toes...
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    ***Official Blu-ray insiders thread

    Sorry for my delayed response. There will be another 20 or so releases by the end of the year. Look for the Resident evil releases early next year. As you might assume, Sony Pictures works off a schedule of titles planned for release, but I would appreciate members limiting questions about...
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