THX - Please Explain

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    I am sure this has been hashed over many times in the past but can someone explain the "benefits" to having a THX Certified DVD?

    I have many and it gives me some (possibly false) sense of security that the discs in question are better in some way or another. But I have noticed a few discs that have the THX logo which are less than stellar in appearance (lots of dust and scratches).
     
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    THX supervises the film to tape transfer only, and they make sure that is the best it can be. Any cleanup after that is totally at studio discretion.
     
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    Ok... explain "transfer".

    Does this include - clarity, color saturation, stability (jitter/shake/wabble), splices, etc...?

    If so, why don't they go an extra step and at least run the digitalized transfer through a filter to clean up some of the trash which can be easily isolated in solid or dark areas?
     
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    THX doesn't just look at the transfer, they are also supposed to check the audio and menu design/ compatiblity.
     
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    I haven´t found THX dvd´s to be any better than your average release in terms of transfer quality. And as for EE well....

    Ian
     
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    i'm not sure where Jeff is getting his info from, but the THX certification process is quite a bit more involved than he says. i suggest reading LucasFilm's site or an article at DVDReview.
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    THX CAN do a lot more than just the transfer, but in order to earn the THX seal, that's all they have to participate in

    Yes, mastering does include color correction, focus and things like that, but repairing film splices and other defects are left up to the studio if they want to pay to have them fixed.
     
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    Well, as was said these things may have changed. I know that as of a couple years ago that was all that was required, which is why Die Hard and Highlander looked so crappy
     
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    oh, and if you were wondering... THX stands for
    the Thomas Holman eXperiment
    Thomas Holman, who was back in the 1980s, the technical director of Lucasfilm, is the man who invented the THX certification system... a little fun fact [​IMG]
     
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    That is one possible explanation for the name. I've also heard "Tomlinson Holman Crossover ["X" Over]). It could also just be named after George Lucas' first movie, THX 1138.

    Perhaps, like "DVD", it doesn't mean a thing.

    Neil
     
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    THX Cert. probably means the elements used are optimal and that the transferring equipment is THX cert (very expensive and accurate.)

    I dunno why none of WB's DVD's are THX Cert. WB's DVD of Wizard of Oz is BETTER than the THX Cert VHS, yet it lost the THX seal. Same thing goes for New Line. Se7en is from the o-neg, yet no THX seal? Whaaa?
     
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    THX stands for the Tomlinson Holman eXperiment. This is an interesting interview with the man if anyone's interested.
    Adam
     
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    Actually, according to this quote from the interview, you both are correct..

     
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    THX = Tomlinson Holman eXperiment

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    I remember some seeing some Lucas interviews taped back during his 'American Graphiti' days, and back then he said that THX-1138 was actually someones phone number.

    When he later switched the story, I always assumed it was to keep from being sued (like so many other directors/musicians/etc that use real phone numbers).
     
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    Thinking that Fox wouldn't put out anything in their 5-Star collection that looked like crap, I am a bit confused about Die Hard.
    Confess, I haven't bought this title yet but plan to. But if the transfer is that bad, are they planning to revisit this "must have" classic to clean it up?
    What is so bad about it (maybe I shouldn't know) [​IMG]
     
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    Hi Vince,

    You said that:

     

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