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Old 06-25-21, 03:31 PM
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The Prestige >>> The Illusionist
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The Prestige is one of those movies that I just get in the mood to watch every now and then, and I’ve been looking for a sale because I don’t have it on disc. Slightly tempted to get the UHD but probably won’t.
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The Illusionist is a good movie. The Prestige is a great movie.
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$4.99 for 10 Things I Hate About You in UHD? Sure! I know I can watch (and have watched) it on D+, but I have a thing for Julia Stiles in this movie and will gladly pay five bucks to ďownĒ it.

Also got Broadcast News ($4.99), American Gangster/The Untouchables ($11.99ĖIíve been waiting forever for The Untouchables to hit $5, and this was close enough), and complete Family Ties ($30) earlier this week.
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The Fourth of July Bundles sale has the Expendables trilogy in UHD for $6.99 and I'm STILL not sure I want to pony up.
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Originally Posted by davidh777
$4.99 for 10 Things I Hate About You in UHD? Sure! I know I can watch (and have watched) it on D+, but I have a thing for Julia Stiles in this movie and will gladly pay five bucks to ďownĒ it.

Also got Broadcast News ($4.99), American Gangster/The Untouchables ($11.99ĖIíve been waiting forever for The Untouchables to hit $5, and this was close enough), and complete Family Ties ($30) earlier this week.
I would do FT, but SD. Iím sure only way it is, but Iím sure streaming somewhere. Just hate pulling trigger on SD cause you never know. Does it look good? Decent? Better than now in reruns on whatever non-HD station I believe or maybe Antenna TV. Think I caught couple eps. Didnít look stellar.
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Originally Posted by OldBoy
I would do FT, but SD. Iím sure only way it is, but Iím sure streaming somewhere. Just hate pulling trigger on SD cause you never know. Does it look good? Decent? Better than now in reruns on whatever non-HD station I believe or maybe Antenna TV. Think I caught couple eps. Didnít look stellar.
Iím sure itís on Paramount+, but Iím really resisting adding another service. I know I could do a trial, but this is the kind of show Iíd dip into rather than binge (though I may do it someday). SD kinda sucks, but I figure a lot of these old shows arenít going to get upgraded anytime soon, so if itís a show I like, I just get it now and worry about that later if it happens.
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Snagged Dragged Across Concrete UHD for $4.99.
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Avoid any videotaped shows on streaming- they look terrible. The Family Ties DVDs look very good.
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It’s not like shows on Vudu have a banner that says they’ve been videotaped.
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Should be common knowledge though- I could tell you whether any show from the 70s and 80s was shot on film or tape, even if I didnít regularly watch it. I actually saw one of those unauthorized online feeds showing Married With Children properly, while the ďlegitĒ copy of the first episode I got for free on Vudu a while ago looks like ass.
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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
Should be common knowledge though- I could tell you whether any show from the 70s and 80s was shot on film or tape, even if I didnít regularly watch it.
Bully for you, but most people aren't that wrapped up in filming techniques.

Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
I actually saw one of those unauthorized online feeds showing Married With Children properly, while the ďlegitĒ copy of the first episode I got for free on Vudu a while ago looks like ass.
That sounds more like an issue of an SD video encode/bitrate issue with Vudu than whether the show was shot on videotape. I have a few HD upconversions of SD video shows on Blu-ray, and they look very nice.
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So does Family Ties look good on Vudu or what?
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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
Should be common knowledge though
But it ainít.
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But it ainít.
Nor should it be. That's Alan stuff that's best left to the Hoarding thread!

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Hey, it was the previous poster who said that Family Ties being in SD was an issue. Iíve seen a number of filmed TV shows transferred to HD with good results, but Iíve never seen them upscale video-based shows. There isnít much point to upscaling SD video unless your equipment or software handles it better (like YouTube.)

Back when Vudu let you check out the first 2 minutes of everything for free, I looked at a couple Family Ties episodes and they looked terrible, same as when it was on Netflix and later Pluto TV. The DVDs look nearly perfect though, only flaws being in the source material.
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Hey, it was the previous poster who said that Family Ties being in SD was an issue.
It being in SD only was the issue, not whether it was shot on film or videotape.

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I’ve seen a number of filmed TV shows transferred to HD with good results, but I’ve never seen them upscale video-based shows. There isn’t much point to upscaling SD video unless your equipment or software handles it better (like YouTube.)
Monty Python's Flying Circus was restored in HD, although that's a mix of filmed and videotaped elements. Even so, the videotaped elements look significantly better than previous DVDs.

The Twilight Zone season 2 Blu-ray set includes the few shot on video episodes upconverted to HD.

Doctor Who has been getting upconverted to HD on Blu-ray. Comparisons show it's a bit sharper than the DVDs.

The UK is pretty gung-ho on upconversions, likely because they shot a lot more shows on video than the US ever did. One advantage for the US market is that these upconversions show the full 576i PAL image upconverted to 1080i, while the US DVDs have always had to downconvert to 480i NTSC.


Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
Back when Vudu let you check out the first 2 minutes of everything for free, I looked at a couple Family Ties episodes and they looked terrible, same as when it was on Netflix and later Pluto TV. The DVDs look nearly perfect though, only flaws being in the source material.
Again, that seems more an issue with Vudu's bitrate/encode of the SD video, as Family Ties was shot on film, and you note the SD DVD looks better. So the issue isn't about whether the content was shot on videotape or film, but the fact the SD on Vudu looks like crap.
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By popular demand, I sampled Family Ties SD on Vudu.

I thought it looked OK. Not great for sure, but watchable, especially if Iím a ways away from the TV. For comparison, I watched the same episode (ďThe Real Thing,Ē season 4 episode 1) on my old Paramount DVD on the same device (PS4 Pro, displaying on Sony 4K Bravia), and the DVD did look betterósharper and less fuzzy, though also not great.

For fun, I watched a bit of Buffy SD on Vudu, and that also looked better than FT, though I know that show has been through tons of debate on HD/SD, aspect ratio, etc.

Just for the record, the season 4 DVD started with the Family Ties Vacation movie, and that doesnít appear to be included on Vudu. Itís terrible so not a big loss, but itíd be nice if it were there just for completeness.
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Buffy was shot on film, so no frame rate issues there. I have a tape of the original airing of Family Ties Vacation (also shot on film, as it was promoted as a ďmovieĒ), was the first night our NBC affiliate started broadcasting in stereo.
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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
Buffy was shot on film, so no frame rate issues there...
??? What the hell do you mean by "frame rate issues"? This is the first time you mentioned that in this thread.

Most TV dramas shot on film are at 24fps, while TV is typically 30fps/60hz, so there can be 3:2 pulldown when watching such content via broadcast. Streaming can also have the pulldown if taken from a video source intended for broadcast. Even DVD can have the pulldown, since the video content is stored interlaced, and a title would need special authoring with pulldown flags for a progressive scan player to pull out a 24p image.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-two_pull_down

Some sitcoms were shot on film at 30fps to allow a smoother transfer to 60i, but Buffy isn't a sitcom.

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Mix & Match 4K UHD - 3 for $14.99

https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/mixandmatch/43233

They have some of the recent 4K upgrades like Super 8, In & Out, The Elephant Man, Witness, Primal Fear, Elizabethtown.
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Free with ads or $4.99 sale: https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/...for-4-99/10937

Some good titles in there. I'm thinking of getting the Descent and/or Clerks II. I'd jump on Death Proof, but Tarantino's entire catalog will eventually be in 4K, right? (Though I could see him intentionally keeping this one from being upgraded, for aesthetic reasons.)

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I'd jump on Death Proof, but Tarantino's entire catalog will eventually be in 4K, right?
Maybe, maybe not. Most of that catalog is now with Paramount. Since the Death Proof extended cut BD is OOP now, the only way to get it is via digital HD and that VUDU free with ads option.

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Paramount seems to be going hard on physical releases right now, so it is possible.
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