||06-02-2010 04:03 PM
Originally Posted by TheOneWithThePrize
So? The DVDs are still compressed. They could, and should, do them justice were they to issue these on BD.
... *sigh* again, the case in point was that surround sound existed before he was in diapers and Star Wars offered it and not just mere 2 channels.
Yes, but mono surround sound. Stereo surround did not happen until some test footage on Superman and then officially for 70mm prints of Apocalypse Now. In 35mm, it didn't happen until the introduction of DTS and Dolby Digital.
So sure, you could start from those 6-track mixes (which were actually no different than the 4-track raw mixes for Dolby Optical 35mm, except that low frequencies were sent to channels 2 and 4 for the "baby booms"), but you'd still have to remix if you wanted the stereo surround, which is important for localization of fly-overs and the like.
Even the old Todd-AO (and other similar) format 70mm releases like Sound of Music, West Side Story, Oklahoma, etc. were all mono surround as was the earlier 35mm magnetic Cinemascope.