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Blu-ray-versions of old movies better quality then DVD-versions?
show user profile  Nanne
I'm a proud owner of some DVD boxes of classics like:

The Star Wars Triliogy (ep 4-6)
Indiana Jones (1-3)
Blade Runner

But I now have my first Blu-ray player on my new computer and I was woundering; since these are old movies, as old as 1977, are they able to get them in true HD 1920x1080? Or are the Blu-ray version only digitally streched out to HD?

In a couple of month I will buy my first HD-TV, 32", and I was woundering if the viewing quality would be better on the Blu-ray version then just watching them on DVD. Is it worth the extra money to buy them all again (and even more expensive)? DVD resulotion is only someting like 720x578 right?


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9/30/2011 11:56:48 PM (last edit: 10/1/2011 12:01:42 AM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Some of them are real good quality. Some are more grainy but still see more details.

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10/1/2011 12:15:11 AM (last edit: 10/1/2011 12:15:33 AM)
show user profile  gimpgutter
Star Wars is amazing on Blu-ray. I just watched Ep 4 last night and was incredibly impressed with the clarity.

What most people don't understand is that film is far higher resolution than 1080p. I don't recall the exact figures, but sometimes it exceeds 4000 pixels wide. Someone with more experience in film mm vs resolution should chime in here.

The difficult aspect of bringing old movies to Blu-ray is getting a clean transfer with no scratches, tickets, shakiness, etc. associated with the physical condition of the film itself. Also, light saturation and hue is typically adjusted.
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10/1/2011 1:44:18 AM (last edit: 10/1/2011 1:44:18 AM)
show user profile  del3d
your dvd's are either pal 720x576 or ntsc 720x480.

The viewing quality ona blu-ray is much better as there is a whole shitload of pixels more for you to see
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10/1/2011 1:51:49 AM (last edit: 10/1/2011 1:51:49 AM)
show user profile  Nanne
Yes, I recal reading somewhere that 35mm film was like 4k reolution, but I wasn't sure... if someone can explaint that a bit better it would be nice :)

But... if 35mm film actually is 4k... shouldn't just wait like five years and by a "Super Mega HD-TV" that has a 4k resulotion and buy the Star Wars "Black Super Nano Disc" Collection box, that contains all the movies in full 4k resolution.... will HD be enough or will technology keep on adding pixels forever, so that I will have to buy new versions of Star Wars every 5 year or so for the rest of my life? :P
I remember when DVD came out and it was soooooooooooooooooooo super awesome and like 200 times better then VHS... but today we shrug and say, "Pfff, it's ONLY 720x576... so lame." Will we be having 4k, 8k, 64k (the RED camera can shoot in 64k!) TV-sets at home one day? And how good will Star Wars look on a 64k TV? :P

Anyway, I ordered The Complete Star Wars Saga Blu-ray Box a couple of hours ago, so I can go and pick it up tomorrow! :) And I also ordered The Lion King Blu-ray, awesome! :D Have to watch it on my 24" computer monitor for now though, but still :)

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10/1/2011 2:01:50 AM (last edit: 10/1/2011 2:04:09 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
dont know if this is really considered old but given that it was first released on a VHS id say it qualifies - i recently got me matrix triology in bluray and having watched it many times before from various sources like dvd or dtv id say bluray is much superior

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10/1/2011 6:15:50 AM (last edit: 10/1/2011 6:15:50 AM)
show user profile  del3d
not really on the subjet but regarding the RED... There was a post here earlier about somebody willing to buy a camera and a pic of RED was posted. Curiously, a few days later, I saw two young guys with an epic in their hands in Santa Monica. They were shooting traffic at a pedestrian overpass and as I walked by I realized I had seen that camera on maxforums earlier. So I stopped to chat a bit and they said they were working for RED doing some test shoots. Got into the how many hundreds of frames it can shoot per second and that among others the Great Gatsby and Spiderman 3 were shot with a dual setup of these.. Just some trivia for you geeks out there ;)
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10/1/2011 9:44:38 PM (last edit: 10/1/2011 9:44:38 PM)
show user profile  Nanne
Well I just compared the DVD and BD version of Disney's The Lion King on a 24" monitor, and the difference there is like night and day! :)

The DVD is very grainy and the BD is super sharp and clean :) Also the colors are more saturated for the BD. But maybe that is just becuase they put some extra restoration effort into the BD-version, perhaps.

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10/2/2011 12:18:57 AM (last edit: 10/2/2011 12:18:57 AM)
show user profile  del3d
hakuna matata to that! :)
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10/2/2011 12:51:08 AM (last edit: 10/2/2011 12:51:08 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984
yeah film 4k ish in general

even jar jar binks

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10/2/2011 11:30:05 AM (last edit: 10/2/2011 11:30:05 AM)
show user profile  Nanne
I've just compared the DVD to the BD version of Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and there sure is a difference. The Blu-ray is still grainy but that has to be the film grain, it was shot back in 1977 after all, but it is noticeable when you looking for it. However on the DVD the grain and the image all in all seems more blurred, making the grain even more noticeable. So the Blu-ray is much sharper in image quality and it is kind of thrilling to watch it actually! It almost has a cinema feel to it! :D So if you haven't watched Star Wars on Blu-ray yet, I suggest you do so!! :)

I didn't notice much difference in colour saturation this time as I did with The Lion King (see above post). So I guess that is more of a restoration effect. But never the less... Blu-ray rules! :) Can't wait to get my hands on a 32" HDTV to watch the entire Star Wars Saga! :D

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10/2/2011 6:56:35 PM (last edit: 10/2/2011 6:56:35 PM)
show user profile  Nanne
Hmm... but what about old television series, such as Monty Python Flying Circus and Black Adder. Those where film for TV so not as high quality as film, so not 4k I'm guessing? Do you think they would look noticeably better on Blu-ray when viewed on a 32"? Perhaps less blurred, as I'm guessing this is an artefact from the DVD-encoding?

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10/2/2011 7:00:38 PM (last edit: 10/2/2011 7:00:38 PM)
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