Eric Clapton Crossroads - HD but no 16x9 DVD?

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  1. Mike_Skill

    Mike_Skill Stunt Coordinator

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    I just watched the Crossroads Guitar Festival on PBS in glorious HD. Looked awesome! So I looked up the DVD on DVD Empire and it's listed as 1:33-1. Can anyone confirm this?? If so a tremendous waste of a great looking widescreen concert shot in HD.
     
  2. MattHR

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    I have the DVD and it is 16:9 widescreen. It also has a great DTS track, but the cover doesn't indicate it.

    The concert runs about 3 1/2 hours and is spread over two discs. Disc 1 is absolutely gorgeous...clearly sourced from a high-def master.

    Disc 2, however, suffers from a severe compression and/or authoring problem, which results in a video image that looks like it was sourced from a composite video master. After watching disc 1 with its amazing detail, disc 2 looks almost like VHS in comparison. While close-up shots look alright, distant shots and camera pans result in unacceptable pixelation and moire.

    Can anyone else confirm this problem on their copy? I can't imagine I'm the only one noticing this problem. It's not likely to be a defect with my individual disc, but rather a mastering error affecting the entire pressing.
     
  3. Mike_Skill

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    Thanks much for the reply!! Good news, with the exception of disc 2. Funny how often technical data on packages is often incomplete, absent or just wrong.

    This is definitely a problem on disc 2 because a lot of the content of disc 2 was in the HD broadcast and it was all gorgeous! I can't imagine it being an artistic decision if disc 1 looks good.
     
  4. Jonathan_Clarke

    Jonathan_Clarke Second Unit

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    It was on PBS last night but not PBS HD. I think they were showing Niagra Falls again. [​IMG]

    I had it on zoom.
     
  5. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    It was on PBS-HD in this area last night. Great concert!
     

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