Annoying Pulp Fiction SE problems (grey bars, loud menu music)

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  1. Craig_T

    Craig_T Second Unit

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    Overall, this is a good SE, but there are 2 really annoying things that could've (and should've) easily been corrected:

    1. Why are the black bars generated by the player to frame this 2.35:1 film within the 16:9 anamorphic image a shade of grey rather than black? On a 4:3 televison, it becomes obvious that there are 2 different sets of black bars since the other set of bars generated by the player actually are true black. It's especially noticable during the opening titles and during scene fade outs and fade ins. I've seen hundreds of anamorphic discs and I haven't noticed any of them exibiting this problem.

    2. Why is the menu music on disc 2 playing at such a ridiculously higher volume than the extra features? I mean, it's not even close!

    Doesn't anyone at Miramax even notice these obvious things before they go and press millions of discs?
     
  2. Matt Pelham

    Matt Pelham Screenwriter

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    This is a problem that seems to be getting more frequent. My Lord of the Rings 2-disc set is like this as well, so it's not exclusive to Miramax titles. I also noticed it on my Pulp Fiction SE, and 1 or two other titles.
     
  3. Jeff

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    Try and get your hands on the Korean Region 0 version. It has a better transfer and doesn't have the problem with grey bars.



    Jeff
     
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    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    I haven't even opened my copy yet. But upon reading your description my first thought was that you're overdriving your display. Perhaps your white and black levels are set too high?
     
  5. Steve_Tk

    Steve_Tk Cinematographer

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    I get gray bars on all my 2.35:1 movies if I have my brightness set too high.
     
  6. Clinton McClure

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    I get no grey bars.
     
  7. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    No grey bars here, either.

    Bruce
     
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    The menus on my laserdisc copy don't annoy me! [​IMG]
     
  9. Vince Maskeeper

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    The odd part is that you seem to be criticizing the disc for bars your player is generating ("the black bars generated by the player to frame this 2.35:1 film within the 16:9 anamorphic image a shade of grey rather than black"). Are the inside bars lighter in color- or is it the outside bars? The bars closest to the picture are in the video stream, the outer ones are generated by the player.

    I have seen this problem on some people's display before- and it is usually due to excessive brightness setting.

    -Vince
     
  10. Gordon McMurphy

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    "Black - always a good choice." - David St. Hubbins (Rock legend)

    :wink:


    Gordy
     
  11. Craig_T

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    When i started reading this I remembered pointing out those grey bars to my roomate, I said the letterbox was letterboxed, I haven't noticed this on any other of my DVDs.
     
  13. Gregory E

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    I didn't have any grey bars, but I agree about the menus being way to LOUD.
     

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