- Dec 9, 1998
- Real Name
I'm not trying to be difficult here, but I won't look at your posted images as I'm very happy with this BD so I see no need to try looking for problems that I couldn't see beforehand. I guess, ignorance is bless.Moshrom said:This certainly *has* been subjected to a moderate amount of DNR, but it is arguably the best version available. There are two DVDs, and the newer one appears to have been derived from the same master/source as the blu-ray (which I'm assuming is identical to its European counterpart). There's a sizable improvement in stability, but the old DVD looks more organic and has more 'depth' to it, despite its myriad of other issues.
Once you notice the DNR on the blu-ray, though, it's rather difficult to unsee it:
Look at his face, especially. The lines, the shadow beneath the brim of his hat, his nose. They have a blotchy quality to them.
The details of his suit (again, the lines), and look at the wood on the floor in the corner. The light mounted on the wall, too.
The DVD in these caps-a-holic comparisons is the newer one, so it has the same problems (albeit much less noticeably due to the resolution).
The old DVD can be seen here: new, old. It's quite different.
Nit-picking this may seem, but it is quite evident in motion depending on your sensitivity to these sort of things. Rising smoke, in particular, looks much better on the old DVD.
So while this may certainly be watchable and may possibly be the overall best available version of the film at the moment, it's very far from perfect. When this is inevitably restored (it's Ford and among his best works, so it certainly will be, eventually) expect a significant improvement.