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DVD Talk review of 'A Room with a View' (HD DVD)

Old 11-19-07, 10:54 AM
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DVD Talk review of 'A Room with a View' (HD DVD)

I read Stuart Galbraith IV's DVD review of A Room with a View at http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=31431 and...

did you happen to also see the Blu-Ray version of this movie? Your collegue trashed the transfer rather harshly, and while you gave the HD DVD transfer higher marks, that may just be accounting for personal tastes.
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Old 11-19-07, 06:01 PM
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Interesting question. No, I haven't seen the Blu-Ray version but yes, I think you're right -- it's a question of personal taste.

As I stated in my review, the quality of 35mm theatrical prints during the mid-1980s was generally so poor I found myself pleasantly surprised by the richness of color and relative lack of graininess in the HD DVD compared with what I remembered from the film's U.S. theatrical release.

Obviously new movies, with their improved film stocks and/or digital video sources and older wide gauge format films (shot in VistaVision, 65mm, etc.) are going to benefit most in HD DVD and Blu-Ray, but for me even A ROOM WITH A VIEW looked vastly superior on HD to what I had seen all those years before in that shoebox-size arthouse.
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Old 11-26-07, 10:42 AM
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How drastic is the upgrade from the most recent SD DVD? That's what I need to know before buying it.
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