Dark Sky Going Blu-Ray: TCM, Magic & Henry

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  1. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    I'll chop an e-mail exchange together with all the relevant information:
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=13281308#post13281308

    Not too thrilled with that selection, I want me some Spider Baby, but it's certainly a start.
     
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    I dunno how excited I'd be to see old 16mm prints in high definition. I get the impression that the DVDs of TCM and Henry that are out now can't really be improved upon that much.
     
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    you need to buy a blu-ray player and watch a few of them. you will be amazed.
     
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    still wish they'd fix the audio dropouts/other difficulties with the tracks on their TCM disc.
     
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    I somewhat agree with that statement but 8mm has a slightly higher theoretical resolution than high definition, 16 obviously much higher.
     
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    I'll be as thrilled as anyone to get TCM and Henry looking great in HD (even if Henry was shot and meant for a 4:3 ratio.... I'm assuming they'll just put a matte in there), so this is pretty interesting.

    I've always thought that 16mm tends to lose detail as you blow it up (ie. El Mariachi going from 16mm to 35mm for a theatrical print.... ditto for Clerks), so it's nice knowing that I've been mislead somewhere along the way.
     
  8. VenicuS

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    Texas Chainsaw on Blu-Ray? Sweet Jeezus, I'm liking my new Playstation 3 more and more each day, especially if the audio is given a solid cleanup as well.
     
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    Awesome...one of the few films I love enough to buy over and over again. I had it on VHS and bought all 3 versions on DVD, so what's another? :D
     
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    If you go by theory my Neon should be getting 29 miles to the gallon, and it doesn't come close to that! Likewise, anyone who has shot on both formats would be able to tell you that HD blows away 8mm in terms of clarity, sharpness, etc. Most now give HD the upper edge on 16mm too - it's basically a grain structure preference.

    The real benefits of bumping up a 16mm print from DVD to HD is not really the added sharpness or resolution, but more the accuracy of color reproduction. NTSC is a terrible format for color - it was made to be backwards compatible with the old black and white standard, and the quality has suffered since. Reds, especially, are terrible. HD rectifies that though, and the trueness of color saturation and depth now comes close to replicating film. Film's still got the edge - even the Ektachrome stuff I shoot on 8mm is richer in color than anything on my HVX, but HD brings it a whole lot closer.

    I don't doubt that TCM will look noticeably better on HD, but at the same time, I'm perfectly satisfied with the DVD and all the other DVDs in my collection. I'll wait for Yello-Ray before I really get excited for newer formats.
     
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    Isn't 1080 ever so slightly better than 16mm? So a 2k scan would still be an improvement. 8mm is certainly surpassed by HD in terms of resolution, but from what I've seen of 8mm projection it still has better colors than HD. So perhaps the only benefit of a future 6k scan of TCM would be better color fidelity.

    Don May Jr. reports that they will be using the corrected audio track:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf...cre-1974-blu-ray-disc-9-30-a.html#post3383794

    I haven't decided yet if I'll get this as I'm not much of a TCM fan. I may buy it just to give Dark Sky a green light to release more of their catalog.
     
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    I have the DVD and I will most likely get the blu ray to encourage more catalog releases. I have not seen any exchange program for the DVD to correct the audio issues. It's not worth the effort for me at this point with the new disc on the horizon.
     
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    Hmmmm......Blu-Ray.....new Terri McMinn interview.....one of the greatest horror films of all time.......NO BRAINER...................:D
     
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    Yeah I was pleasantly surprised when I popped this in. The movie has (surprisingly) a high amount of detail, although it still is nowhere NEAR perfection. (However, that's to be expected, right?) The interview with Terri McMinn is also pretty interesting. Would've been nice if some of the features were in hi-def, though. But fuck, for $22.99, you can't go wrong. Perfect upgrade.

    ~Matt
     
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    I'm looking forward to my copy of TCM coming from Amazon.

    I read reviews that say Dawn of the Dead (original) and Day of the Dead are really nice as well. For some reason Halloween got mixed reviews.
     
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    Halloween got mixed reviews because of the colour timing issues that got carried over from the 25 anniversary DVD. The Image itself never looked better though.
     

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