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What blu ray disks have you brought only to find the picture is no better or even worse than normal dvd ?

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I have avoided the World At War box set on Blu-ray and kept my old DVD set because the Blu-ray version has been cropped (from the original 4:3) to fit 16:9.

This is inexcusable, especially given the historical/archive nature of the content.

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The Blair Witch Project  (awful sound and awful picture)

Though perhaps I shouldn't have expected any different Smile

 

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War of the worlds, saving private Ryan, Dirty dancin' (wife's). Bullet to the head...which has just come out. Judge Dredd....picture quality  wasn't much good on that either.

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Mine are all fab!   Smile

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Anything with Jim Carey in it. Anything directed by Michael Bay. Obviously this also applies to DVD, download, VHS etc.

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chebby wrote:

I have avoided the World At War box set on Blu-ray and kept my old DVD set because the Blu-ray version has been cropped (from the original 4:3) to fit 16:9.

This is inexcusable, especially given the historical/archive nature of the content.

Agreed.

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super wrote:

War of the worlds, saving private Ryan, Dirty dancin' (wife's). Bullet to the head...which has just come out. Judge Dredd....picture quality  wasn't much good on that either.

 

War of the Worlds has fantastic PQ and SQ. Saving private Ryan used to be renowned as a test disc for SQ and also has excellent PQ. Seems like maybe you don't like the purposefully washed out colour palette and grain in those films. 

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Four Lions is little better than the DVD, likewise 28 days later.

My pet hate is when the sound is worse on the blu , as with Perfume

and The Island. Yes , I know I'm supposed to hate Bay, but can't help

loving it.

Just remembered some more disappointments... English Patient wasn't a huge 

improvement , and Hero is borderline too. It would seem that poor source material 

can be exposed mercilessly in high def whereas DVD can be kinder here.

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__________________I thought we were talking picture quality here because the sound quality on all these films are excellent. But you're right Benlaw I don't like washed out colour and grain in films. I didn't pay thousands and thousands of pounds on high quality equipment to be let down because some director of a film thinks I should see it in grainy picture, you don't see it like that in the real world so why in a film ?
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super wrote:

 

 

__________________I thought we were talking picture quality here because the sound quality on all these films are excellent. But you're right Benlaw I don't like washed out colour and grain in films. I didn't pay thousands and thousands of pounds on high quality equipment to be let down because some director of a film thinks I should see it in grainy picture, you don't see it like that in the real world so why in a film ?

 

I think you'll find that's the director's prerogative. 

Sci-fi films aren't the real world - how should they look?

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super wrote:

 

 

__________________I thought we were talking picture quality here because the sound quality on all these films are excellent. But you're right Benlaw I don't like washed out colour and grain in films. I didn't pay thousands and thousands of pounds on high quality equipment to be let down because some director of a film thinks I should see it in grainy picture, you don't see it like that in the real world so why in a film ?

 

I don't think you will like Band of Brothers either then.

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Or "The Artist"...definitely lacking in colour  Smile

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super wrote:
you don't see it like that in the real world so why in a film ?

 

 

Call me crazy, but cos it's a film not real life? You know, like art and that.

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I should say, though, I do hate all animated films, because they're so unrealistic.

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And I should add, it's gotta be said that Steven Spielberg fella is renowned for not really knowing what he's doing and directing poor movies.

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