deathie mouse wrote:
Masterpiece DVDs? watch out, rebel lions tend to hunt for those
That1GuyPictures you mentioned earlier the Archive 1.66 Laserdisc had more image than the 1.85 dvd, have you compared that to the new one?
About screen grabs, do you have a video input card? on your editing suite/lab? maybe that's an alternate way to get high quality caps (that's what I use btw)
The picture opens up farther to the top and bottom, but since I no longer have the laserdisc, (I sold my discs and player on ebay in 2001...) I only could compare when I had both.
I clearly remember though when I had them that the color quality was better on the archive laserdisc (The color quality...flesh tones were better and brighter, but limited to what laserdisc could achieve.) However it was riddled with film artifacts, and even tore in a couple places. But the transfer itself was a lot taller on top and on bottom and seemed to be in fact just like the 1.85:1 only with more picture on top and bottom. I'm almost 100% positive that the image was 1.75:1 and that the new transfer is a 1.66:1 pan and scan of the 1.75:1 image so that the most important parts of the picture is always centered. If you'll look at some of the screencaps Luke took and compare them to the 1.85:1 dvd, sometimes there is more picture on the left cut off, and sometimes, more on the right.
I think they actually found whatever part of the picture was the most important, and then shifted the whole image slightly right or left, matting it on both sides so it wouldn't result in shifting matte lines. The more I think about it, it acutally sounds like a really good idea. That way the most important part of the picture is always inside the overscan area and you only lose the less important sides of the picture. (Which would have been lost anyways to overscan.) I think I still would have prefered an 1.75:1 transfer, but this is just as OK with me. Because in fact the techs at Disney seem to have determined the most important elements to keep inside the overscan lines. Besides, every movie always loses a little bit of picture. At least they were extra careful with this one.
I'm almost 100% positive that that's what happened.)
WOW! DEATHIE My posts are getting almost as long as yours!