Disappointing picture quality on "Grease" DVD...

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  1. Gordon McMurphy

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    http://www.dvdfile.com/software/revi..._5/grease.html
    Tragic. Now, I'm not a big fan of that film, but I really thought that Paramount was gonna deliver a fine anamorphic transfer. Seems like they rushed this one out. What a drag. Fans are likey to be disappointed by the lack of extras, also. [​IMG]
    Gordy
     
  2. Tony Stark

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    Could the older rumers be true that this movie was manufactured some years ago and stuck in storage until the legal problems were solved?

    Given that, I can easily understand the quality differences between compression tools and techniques then and now.
     
  3. Gordon McMurphy

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    Yeah, Tony, I think that is was transfered a few years ago and shelved until they could gain the rights to that hokey VH-1 "documentary". Grim.
    Now... what about the Saturday Night Fever DVD? They'd better not have fudged that one too.
    Paramount are a weird freakin' company at times.
    Gordy
     
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    pissed pissed pissed.
    I've been spending much time at my friend's house watching DVDs on his Sony 10 HT projector....while I save for my own 16x9 DLP...and I can tell you that these sub-standard transfers (even 16x9 ones) are a real shame. Filtered detail and edge enhancement RUIN a film on the big-screen. Such a shame when the DVD format can really deliver a blow-you-away film-like experience on the big screen if mastered properly.
    With all this time we've waited it's really a shame.
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  5. Peter Kline

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    Quite honestly, the film was never a first class photographic excersise. It was uneven in lighting, focusing and those damn obliterated Coke signs (where the opitcal cover-up jittered) were very annoying. The current DVD were not sitting in a warehouse, they just - as DVDFile suggested, used the 1998 master. Poo on Paramount! [​IMG]
     
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    Re: Peter Kline
     
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    Well I'm on the fence now about grease I really don't want to pay for a substandard transfer. I'm actually kinda hoping this was because of sitting in storage for 2 years. Because Paramount is doing the transfers for Sat Nite Fever, Flashdance and Footloose and I fear for those.
     
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    What concerns me more is that DVD File indicates a 4:3 version is also available. Up until now (to the best of my knowledge) Paramount has stuck to its guns on OAR only. Frightening.
     
  9. Gordon McMurphy

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    Whoa! Lots of cheesy masterpices are being mentioned today are they not?!
    I demand a 3 disc set of Xanadu. The first DTS 7.1 movie DVD! [​IMG]
    Gordy
     
  10. Scott_J

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    Jay, when Paramount first announced the Grease DVD release info, they announced separate widescreen/4x3 releases, which according to information posted by Ron a few weeks back should become more frequent in the near future.

    As long as they continue to release all their discs in at least their OAR, it's fine with me.
     
  11. Dan Galyen

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    I bought the anniversary edition of the THX VHS tape (widescreen) a few years ago (probably 1998) and had only watched it once or twice.

    When I put it through the projector test, I thought the picture was immaculate. I've noticed lately that the THX VHS tapes perform real well on my system (Sharpvision XV-H37VUA) such as Volcano (to name a few). The interviews are the same on the DVD (from what I see on Ron's review) that I have on the tape.

    I think I'll let my fiance' buy that one if she wants and I'll pass.
     
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    I tried out my copy of Grease today, and I found the picture quality to be disappointing, looking grainy and faded.

    RD
     
  14. LarryDavenport

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    Haven't you seen Paramount's ads on TV for Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, Flashdance, and Urban Cowboy? They don't even mention that widescreen versions exist. I expect Paramount to be the first big studio to abandon widescreen discs all together.
     
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    Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, Flashdance, and Urban Cowboy are only available in widescreen and enhanced for 16:9.

    Grease is available in both 16:9 widescreen & 4:3 pan & scan.
     
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    I also had Grease on yesterday and thought the film didn't looks its best. The songs are still great and the energy of the film is infectious but the quality of the transfer seems poor.

    And this is on a 27" JVC.
     

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