ROTS on HBO in HD - amazing!

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  1. Sergio Z.

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    Just watched the Revenge of the Sith showing on HBO in HD. It was beautiful!! I would be surprised if HD-DVD can top the picture presented tonite. Don't miss it!
     
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    I saw it this morning and it did indeed look GREAT.

    Here's a list of the times that it'll be on HBO HD:
    Sun June 11 02:30 PM
    Sun June 11 11:35 PM
    Fri June 16 09:00 AM
    Fri June 16 07:30 PM
    Sat June 17 12:30 PM
    Mon June 19 03:30 PM
    Tue June 20 12:00 AM
    Thu June 22 12:00 PM
    Thu June 22 08:00 PM
    Sat June 24 08:00 AM
    Sat June 24 05:30 PM
     
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    I'm assuming it was cropped (1.78:1) though, right?
     
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    I saw the tail end of it yesterday, and it was not cropped.
     
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    Watched it through HD on Comcast, didn't think it was that great. I don't know exactly what it was, but it looked 'off'. Batman Returns from a few weeks ago on there looked better.
     
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    The picture quality was nice on this one, although the matting bars didn't seem thick enough. Perhaps it was a bad signal or something, or my TV needs to be recalibrated.

    The sound was superb in Dolby 5.1
     
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    Suprisingly enough, it was shown in its proper aspect ratio of 2.35:1!

    On the equipment that I viewed it on, though, I actually thought that the current DVD (upscaled to 1080i) still holds up pretty well in comparison to the HD broadcast.
     
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    What was your setup Joseph?
     
  9. Joseph Bolus

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    My video setup consists of an Infocus 4805 projecting onto a 96" 16:9 DIY screen.

    Now ... I know what you're going to say: "The 4805 is a 480p native resolution projector. How can you, therefore, offer an opinion regarding a 1080i presentation?"

    All I can tell you is that the 4805 does an outstanding job scaling 1080i down to 480p. In fact, that's the reason I'm currently feeding it upscaled DVD sources. Usually (but not always), the upscaled-to-1080i DVD looks better on my system than the native 480p component feed. I also usually do see more detail on a cable HD 1080i broadcast of a recent movie than I do on its DVD counterpart. In some cases, the difference is even fairly dramatic. But, for whatever reason, the HBO HD presentation of ROTS looked weaker in places than the upscaled DVD. Part of the problem was "macroblocking", which was present in at least a half dozen scenes. But even in scenes that didn't exhibit this artifact, the ROTS DVD looked at least as good.

    I think, though, that this is more a tribute to the high quality of the current DVD than a complaint regarding the quality of the HBO broadcast.
     
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    Count me as one that was not overly impressed. Very recently Avical re-calibrated 57" Tosh 16:9 set. HBO HD stuff generally does not look as good as stuff on HDnet and HDnet movies. Maybe it has to do with how much bandwidth the local cable carrier gives it.

    It did not look much better to me than my upconverted DVD. Bars also seemed a bit thinner than the DVD, maybe there was a bit of side cropping.
     
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    I saw it via Comcast and was not impressed.
    Motorola 6412 Phase III DVR via HDMI/DVI to a calibrated 65" Hitachi RPTV.
    I'm guessing it was the HBO feed as well since I've never seen clarity on HBO as I do with ESPN HD or Discovery HD.

    Since my gf is a Star Wars nerd, we did a side by side test with the DVD, and I swear, the DVD looked sharper, and better all-around. Seriously.
     
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    Saw it on Comcast / Maryland. Looked good but not particularly sharp, to my eye.
     

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