Question about reference quality transfers

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  1. AnthonyMP

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    Wasn't sure how to best word the subject but hopefully that will do.

    For those that know a little about reference quality transfers I was curious about this subject both in terms of general knowledge and a practical reason.

    Can one approximately say what era movies reach a reference quality release on dvd in that it is reasonable to assume the audio/video quality will not be improved upon unless a new audio track/mix is done? Would it be something like most pre-'90, earlier, etc?

    The context of the question is in terms of building a library of movies over time if one can lessen the ones that may need/want to be repurchased upon the next generation.

    Is it also reasonable to assume that most films will be of reference quality given a proper release upon HD-DVD short of ones that were shot using something other than 35mm film or after a general timeline?

    Anyone here involved in the actual process of transferring movies to DVDs that can provide a little insight into the process and what type of compromises some type of films that are needed for this generation and how the next generation technology will improve on those?
     
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  3. AnthonyMP

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    Thanks for the clarification.

    Would replacing reference quality with something like master quality better articulate the gist of what I was aiming for? Being when the home theater format meets or exceeds that of the original master of a particular film.
     
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    Spoken like a true MP! (No idea what he is talking about!)
     
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    Well, if you ask most DVD reviewers, any DVD with mono sound is automatically non-reference quality.

    A great example of this is the beautiful 8 1/2 DVD from Criterion. You couldn't beg most DVD reviewers to give it anything higher than a 2 out of 5 just because it's mono.

    Since if that's how they think of mono, their opinion shouldn't matter on the sound. Thankfully, we have some reviewers here at this forum who know how to grade mono sound correctly.
     
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    I personally would probably not give mono a 5, but a 4? definately possible
     
  9. AnthonyMP

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    So even a movie from the '30's can be improved upon (more than subtly) from its dvd version? There is still audio/video information from the original master that exceeds dvd?
     
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    It's not a bad track. 5s are really reserved for tracks that are something special both artistically and in terms of elements. It's not how many speakers or how many pans, but a 5 is reserved for something special
     
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    Citizen Kane is exceptional, easily a 4, maybea 4.5. Young Frankenstein is a tad compressed sounding, so 3.5-4. Haven't heard Singing
     

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