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The Walking Dead The Complete Tenth Season Blu-ray

The Walking Dead breaks free of its creative slump in season 10. 4 Stars
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Any comments on how the last six episodes (shot digitally) compare to the prior episodes (shot on Super 16mm film like prior seasons) in terms of the visual presentation?
 

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Any comments on how the last six episodes (shot digitally) compare to the prior episodes (shot on Super 16mm film like prior seasons) in terms of the visual presentation?
That is a great question! I went back and compared the video presentation from earlier episodes in the season to the final six with this fact in mind. The episodes shot on Super 16mm film display an extremely fine grain structure that is entirely absent on the later episodes shot digitally. This grain structure on the Blu-ray was not even perceptible when I watched these episodes on HD broadcast, but the Blu-ray presentation is obviously a step up from broadcast quality.

The producers of The Walking Dead have their own reasons for the switch to digital, which may be as simple as cost or may have to do with more esoteric concerns like technological challenges of blending practical or digital effects onto film.

Other than the difference in graininess between the earlier and later episodes of this season, I do not observe much difference in the video presentation. Fine detail is arguably better on the footage shot digitally, but that may be a subjective impression. What are everyone else's thoughts after having watched this set? Is the switch to digital a giant leap in video quality or de minimis?
 

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I read that the switch to digital was driven by covid-protocol production reasons to minimize the number of folks involved in workflow. They used filters to make it look similar, but as you observed, not the same. Seems like a reasonable compromise given the constraints. The sister series were also already being shot that way.
 

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