Well, that's because it WAS filmed with "high def cameras" (70 mm Ultra Panavision to be exact), and they were capable of MUCH higher resolution than the "high def" that 1920x1080 video is capable of (the claims of a certain director who's abandoned film notwithstanding).
Isn't it amazing how distorted the tech companies have been able to make the public understanding of digital technologies.
Same with CD of course. Consistant reproduction is one thing, but this whole idea that NOW we have high rez video and audio....sheesh.
Not knocking Lawrence, his reaction is actually quite typical. Few people I know realize that even moving film 35mm has better resolution than digital cameras resolve, let alone 70mm film cameras and their larger "capture" area.
Pardon me is this the Robert Shaw/Henry Fonda "Battle of the Bulge"? I have "Battle of the Bulge" on tape with a intermission in the middle, If it is wow they first start out with a real wide 2.35:1 during the opening credits! My tape was made with Dolby Surround even though the pic was made in 1965!
BATTLE OF THE BULGE was originally released in "Super Cinerama" which was the new 70mm single projector used for Cinerama. I remember it was a special reserved seat attraction at the Center Cinerama theater in San Diego. I still have the program.