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3.0 out of 5 stars very interesting but......., 24 April 2013
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This review is from: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I am a very big Harryhausen fan and have been for as long as i can remember, and this disc makes for excellent viewing. But I have in one way or another, seen most of the material before. It's nice to have all the information in one place, but I wish that i had bought the DVD instead of the Blu-ray, it saves a bit of money and the material, because of it's age does not take advantage of high -def.
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Initial post: 28 May 2013 06:24:44 BDT
What do you mean by "because of it's age does not take advantage of high-def"? Every movie that's made on film takes advantage of high-def regardless of it's age. And wasn't this documentary made in 2011 anyhow?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2013 11:56:56 BDT
David 1968 says:
What I meant is that because the original material was not filmed in Hi-Def and that no restoration work has been carried out on the original film negatives, their is no benefit from watching the material on Blu Ray. Your mistaken when you say that every movie shot on film takes advantage of high-def regardless of it's age. Film stock used at the time, especially colour, was of fairly low quality and had to be exposed multiple times thus reducing the quality. If you combine this with the natural ageing effects of film plus the scanning and compression required to transfer the film onto a digital medium, then I think you will find my comments are correct.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2013 08:28:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 May 2013 08:29:08 BDT
35mm offers considerably higher definition than HD video. Although Harryhausen's work can be problematic in this respect because of the amount of optical printing and duplication required to bring off his effects, so I can see that his films might not benefit from Blu-ray to the same extent - but it's categorically wrong to say that a film won't benefit from a high-def transfer "because of its age".

Just to cite a single example among many, the source footage of the BFI's 'The Great White Silence' was shot over a century ago (1910-11), and looks amazing on Blu-ray.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2013 10:51:43 BDT
David 1968 says:
If you read my reply correctly then you would see that I did not say that a film would not benefit from a HD transfer. The example that you cite from the BFI has been carefully restored to the highest standard possible, which the BFI is very good at. The product that was the subject of my review on the other hand is of the same quality both on DVD and Blu-Ray. On the subject of 35mm film, yes it can offer a higher definition than HD video, but again this depends on the film stock used and should not be used as a general rule of thumb.
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