Tuesday, 16 October 2012
The joy of high definition
As a movie collector, I always look forward to buying the latest hit movie. Since the arrival of HD TVs and Blu-ray players, this has become more exciting as you can now buy lots of movies at 1080p resolution. This means, in general, that you can watch movies with stunning video quality. Not to mention the improvement in audio.
But beware. Not all movies released in high definition are worthy of that name. It all depends on how well the film has been transferred to the Blu-ray format (obviously, the condition of the film negatives is crucial). For example, you can find old movies (Goldfinger, Jaws, Ben-Hur, Zulu, etc.) released in high definition that look crystal clear. They have been painstakingly restored frame by frame. On the other hand, there is a significant number of more recent movies that don't look anywhere that good. In fact, some of them look little better than DVD.
So, you should know what you're buying if you don't want to be disappointed with the visual quality of some movies in "high" definition. Besides, it sometimes happens that a new remastered version of a certain movie appears some time later to replace a badly restored first release. You can avoid that feeling of being cheated by visiting an excellent site called (yes, you guessed it) Blu-ray.com where you can read lots of reviews of old and recent movies.
Well, that's all for today. I'm off to watch a great movie on Blu-ray. The end.