- Nov 7, 2012
- Real Name
- Kevin Oppegaard
I've been projecting films at home from VHS and laserdiscs since the early 1990's. But the feeling of owning a film and having a private screening room, like Hugh Hefner, Norma Desmond or Martin Scorsese, only really came to the fore for me three years ago, with my first 4K projector. Now, almost any home-viewing is superior to a cinema. Just saw Portrait Of A Lady On Fire at home, earlier this week. It was one of the last films I saw at the cinema before the pandemic struck. At home, the sound quality was superior to the cinema. If the disc had been in 4K, it might have been a slightly better picture, but the viewing experience, close up to the screen, was completely immersive.Let's not forget the pleasure & privilege of actually owning a film, having a hard copy sitting on your shelf, just like a book. In the "olden days", you had to be rich or some Hollywood mogul to be able to do that. Of course younger people will just take that for granted (like mobile phones & the internet), but I can't, it's still a big deal to me.
Almost any classic film, which has undergone a 4K restoration and scan, is probably akin to owning an original nitrate print. I saw the BFI La Belle et la Bete, from the 2013 restoration last night. It was so superior to the Criterion, and so pristine. The only thing I really lack, is my own butler.