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Eric Clapton Crossroads - HD but no 16x9 DVD? (1 Viewer)

Mike_Skill

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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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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