Senior HTF Member
- Jul 17, 2009
- Real Name
- Nick Dobbs
I've seen newish 70mm prints of Lawrence of Arabia and 2001, and neither looked remotely as detailed as their 4K equivalents (on the same IMAX screen in 70mm and digital laser projection). I grew up with film and like the look of film - I'm more likely to go to a film screening than a digital one - but I can't say that digital looks worse at this point. It looks different, and it doesn't matter what resolution it's scanned at, it's never going to look the same as film. The closest analogy I can think of is that it's like reading a book in translation. It's never going to be exactly the same as reading it in its original language.Only film really looks like film. And very good film projected very well looks fantastic.
Not that one can witness that very often...
From what I have seen in 70mm we will pronbably need to have 8k to make digital look more like 70mm film, at least at viewing distances of 1 screen width and below. 4k DCP's just don't quite look like film. This does not only apply with regards to a lack of scratches, wobbling and other defects but also with regard to grain structure and texture of the image, It just doesn't look analog enough at 4k and the prevalence of DLP does not help matters.