1. Sign-up to become a member, and most of the ads you see will disappear. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, so join the discussion today!
    Dismiss Notice

Why I Own So Many Movies.

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Mike Frezon, Sep 18, 2018.

Tags:
  1. Josh Steinberg

    Josh Steinberg Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Messages:
    15,855
    Likes Received:
    18,475
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Josh Steinberg
    I’ve had the opposite reaction with DVDs - they look far better than they have any right to on my TCL 55” 4K set. I was really worried about that too because a lot of my favorites are DVD-only.

    The player you’re using might make a difference there. I have an Oppo and it’s known to be among the best at upscaling content, so maybe that’s why the DVDs have looked as good as they do.
     
    Jeff Flugel, Jasper70 and OLDTIMER like this.
  2. OLDTIMER

    OLDTIMER Agent

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2019
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    10
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Real Name:
    Ken S-B
    DVDs on a 4K TV set will only look worse if it's a bigger screen. As Josh says, they should look better.
     
  3. Josh Steinberg

    Josh Steinberg Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Messages:
    15,855
    Likes Received:
    18,475
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Josh Steinberg
    For years, I put all my money into the discs and almost nothing into the players or display. And then one day I realized that maybe I was being silly by having over a thousand discs but a smaller TV and cheap player. I eventually upgraded piece by piece.

    Anyhow, what I’ve discovered over the years since I went HD is that most Blu-ray players do a nearly identical job playing Blu-ray, but they vary wildly when it comes to DVD playback. For those of us who still have lots of DVDs, spending more on a disc player probably makes sense with these newer 4K displays. The DVDs seem to benefit from that extra help.
     
    Vegas 1 and OLDTIMER like this.
  4. Message #184 of 189 Jul 16, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
    OLDTIMER

    OLDTIMER Agent

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2019
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    10
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Real Name:
    Ken S-B
    A good DVD can look extremely good given a good player and good TV set. Unfortunately, most - and I do mean most - DVDs are sub-standard and thus look crappy on a big screen. That's why I'm continuously replacing my standard DVDs with Blu's of the same movie when and if they become available.
     
  5. English Invader

    English Invader Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2018
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    57
    Trophy Points:
    10
    Real Name:
    Simon
    My GF has a 4K TV because when she finally got round to upgrading her 14" CRT portable it made sense to go that extra mile. The main benefit I've noticed over regular HD is the High Dynamic Range (HDR) that helps brighten up some of the dark areas on badly made DVDs and Blu-Rays (this was particularly noticeable with my BR copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula) but I can't help feeling that manufacturers are touting HDR as some kind of great technical innovation when it's nothing more than a fix to technical flaws that should have been addressed ten years ago.

    If the source material is well made in the first place, there shouldn't be any dark spots. I have VHS copies of the 1989 Batman that look just fine on my trusty 32" Panasonic and they'd look even better on my CRT.
     
  6. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    42,054
    Likes Received:
    17,925
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    I keep reading this type of comment from some posters on this forum and I have to say there is a definite difference between 4K and HD discs on my 65" LG OLED with an Oppo 203 player. I'm sitting about 9 feet from my display.

    A week from now, I'm getting my second LG OLED display that is 55" for my second HT setup which will also be paired with another Oppo 203 player. My sitting position from this new OLED will be about 6.5 feet away. I'll be watching a ton of DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K/UHD and HD & 4K streams on this 55" display.

    I'm going to cull my movie collection as DVD Profiler list my collection as over 10,800 which includes HD & 4K digital purchases from iTunes, Vudu and to a much smaller extent Amazon. As well as redeemed digital codes. My physical disc collection is way over 8000 and that's not counting the nearly 300 DVD-R titles that I recorded from TCM and such which isn't listed on DVD Profiler. However, those discs are shrinking in numbers as these boutique retailers keep releasing more and more titles on Blu-ray as well as some of them are becoming available for purchase digitally.
     
  7. Message #187 of 189 Jul 16, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
    The Drifter

    The Drifter Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2019
    Messages:
    546
    Likes Received:
    399
    Trophy Points:
    610
    Real Name:
    Jim
    There's a lot of truth to this. I remember watching some regular DVD's on my old, relatively small CRT TV back in the 200X's (well before I got my HD player) and the PQ was not bad. However, once I upgraded to my much newer, larger, and far superior HD set & watched these exact same DVD's - I noticed a lot more flaws; the picture was "soft"; the color was washed-out; etc.

    That being said, I have seen some newer DVD's on my HD set & they look great.

    So, my take on this is that it all depends on the source material.
     
  8. Jasper70

    Jasper70 Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2017
    Messages:
    164
    Likes Received:
    256
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Real Name:
    Harold
    I have a 4K setup. And I have a ton of DVDs. Some look great such as Mannix, original Hawaii 5-0, The Streets of San Francisco but these have been remastered. Other sets such as Magnum P.I., Emergency, WKRP look not so hot. Of course individual movies on DVD vary in quality.

    I have just started buying some digital shows, I really don’t want to go that route but may not have a choice to get what I want. So far I have only bought three complete series. Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues, Little House on the Prairie. All bought on sale. MPI and HSB I already have on DVD. LH I didn’t have on any format but $20 was hard to resist. I suspect as time rolls on more of my old favorites will be available digitally but not on disc —- speaking of HD.

    My player is an Oppo 203.
     
    Jeff Flugel and OLDTIMER like this.
  9. Message #189 of 189 Jul 16, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
    OLDTIMER

    OLDTIMER Agent

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2019
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    10
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Real Name:
    Ken S-B
    I agree that HDR is over touted. For instance, I prefer the standard Blu of Pirates of the Caribbean V over the HDR 4K version which over-does HDR. Before I watch a movie I always adjust Brightness, Contrast and Colour to get the best result. (Disc to disc often vary in these parameters.) My Panny TV also has a Gamma control which is great to uncrush blacks.
     

Share This Page