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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really what I expected, 5 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: NASA's Greatest Missions [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I got this set of BDs with great expectations to get really nice experience in HD of old material. Although scenes in historic material is great, transfer to high definition isn't that great. More recent missions are covered in HD, but old shoots are significantly worse.
Anyway. Because of the whole historic material on disks I would still recommend this box, but don't expect too much from HD, because you're not going to get as much as you may expect.
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2009 02:10:35 BDT
Ry says:
High Definition image quality can only be as good as the quality of the original footage used at the time recording. Many 'shuttle launches' for example, will not have been filmed with the greatest film quality that is going to hold up well with today's technology. You have to take that in to consideration before buying any boxset like this, as the episodes are compiled from a plethora of sources, which are variable in quality. I have the Universe season 1 on blu-ray, which for a better thrase is a 'mixed bag' in terms of quality. That is to be expected though, due to the reason I have just touched on. That said, it doesn't and shouldn't take any thing away from the overall experience, as when HD is good, it is incredibly good, and when the image quality is not as good - well, at least it's as good as it's going to be.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 10:42:04 GMT
Yes: many of the Apollo-era sources of onboard mission footage comes from 16mm film, which is less than half the size of standard 35mm motion picture film. In resolution, the highest quality it could be would be somewhere between standard DVD and Hi-Def. Also, other sources include the original 1-inch 'magnetic' videotape masters which wouldn't be much better than standard VHS. But they've done a good job getting the best out of what they had. But some of the Saturn V launch footage came from 35mm film so that footage would naturally be the best.
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