John Shutt wrote: > People "expect" a film to have a certain "look," and when it doesn't > then they are so distracted by the different look that they cannot > suspend disbelief and get lost in the movie. I don't know about the details of how these movies are being projected, but I was excited to notice, on a recent weekend, that our local Regal cineplex had converted its theaters to the Sony 4K digital system. I thought it was maybe just one of the theaters, as a test or something, but no. Every one of the theaters we've been to, in that same Cineplex, had apparently been switched to digital at the same time. Very nice. Unlike the "pre-show" material, which tends to be more or less SD-like, so you can see individual pixels, and is also (I guess) 1.77:1 aspect ratio, the main event is very sharp, very stable, high contrast, the usual 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 aspect ratios, and really good sound. > Even SD 480i video from broadcast quality cameras was sharper looking > than feature films. (As an aside, my proof: Look at any movie that > has a television clip shown onscreen. The "video" has the same > softness as the rest of the movie, and definitely softer than normal > video would look.) The funny part is, when they now show DTV "clips" in a movie. I couldn't help but point this out to my wife. The "TV image" is, finally, wide screen, but they insist they have to draw these phoney raster scan lines, way too far apart, to make people believe it's TV. > Which is why the company Filmlook came into existence, and why their > process is used for most electronic cinema productions today, > including most television series. They may be using this. What I did notice right away was the quality difference in the Regal Cinema lead-in, just before they put the movie on. Back in the silver halide days, I guess this lead-in was spliced to the beginning of the movie? Now, the lead-in is digital 4K, like the movie, and is way more wow-effect than the old one was. Actually, that was my first tip-off that something was new in the theater. Much sharper lead-in, much sharper sound, than the previous one was, even though the graphics show the same thing (sort of a roller coaster ride, on 35mm film, in space). Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.