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Old 09-10-2017, 07:52 AM   #1
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Sony Pictures Terrible DVD Transfers of Newer Movies

About a year ago I purchased Premium Rush on DVD and finally got around to watching it. The transfer looked terrible. There seemed to be weird compression artifacts around everything. After watching it I came to this site and read the review for the Blu-ray copy which gives it a 5 out of 5 on video quality. My copy came with an UV copy. I tried watching that and it was just as bad. I then went on YouTube and watched a 1080p trailer on my HDTV, it looked great. Has anyone else had a similar experience with other DVDs? Great looking Blu-ray but terrible DVD transfer.
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:35 AM   #2
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I think QC on modern DVDs is almost non-existant. There's a glitch with the Dragons Defenders of Berk DVDs (not present on the prior Riders of Berk DVDs) where it's like super edge enhanced yet also blurry, that I think is on many recent Fox DVDs. WWE's DVDs circa 2014 have similar across-the-board shitty downconversion issues (I don't know if they ever improved because I stopped buying them).

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Old 09-10-2017, 12:23 PM   #3
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I'm not exactly sure if this would be considered a "newer" movie, but I remember watching "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace" on DVD back to back before "Skyfall" came out. Casino Royale looked decent and Quantum looked AWFUL. Basically like you said artifacts everywhere and real drab colors. Since Casino Royale came out in 06 (the launch year of BD) and Quantum came out in 08 it was pretty obvious to me what the studios were doing. You see, if you ever go to a fancy restaurant and order a steak "well done" the chef is going to give you a real crap cut of meat, because they think anyone who'd order something that over-cooked can't appreciate a good steak anyway, same concept here. Why waste labor properly authoring a DVD when the people buying it clearly don't care about quality anyway?
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:45 PM   #4
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Since a lot more people are buying Blu-rays now and you can see more amount of detail in 1080p than you can 480p, people who encode Blu-rays are spending a lot more time on the Blu-ray transfer than that of their DVD counterparts.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:29 PM   #5
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I also think it's our eyes getting more used to watching films on Blu/HD & expecting more from these prints.

I know that when I got my first DVD player back in 2003, I thought the transfers of most films were decent - due to them being so much better than VHS tapes.

However, after watching Blu-rays for several years, my eyes have become, overall, much more used to HD - so, in many cases, anything less looks sub-par.

That being said, while some regular DVD's don't look THAT bad, even on an HD set....even some older Blu's look at least slightly better than their DVD counterparts.

Also, my standards have gone way up after being a Blu aficionado. I.e., back in the "old days" I was willing to buy (or at least watch) a DVD containing 2 films. Now, I can't imagine doing so - given that the PQ gets worse (especially on a regular DVD) the more material this contains. Obviously, this is not so much of an issue with Blu.

So, it all depends.

Just my .02....

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Old 09-12-2017, 09:22 PM   #6
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I bought the dvd for Working Girl cause it was dirt cheap and for that title I didn't care if it wasn't a blu-ray. Well the dvd is crap. It's soft to the max, I don't know what they did. Looks like they took a solid transfer then gave it to Echo Bridge to do the encode. This mushed up image has nothing to do with it being dvd it is just a complete crap job of getting it on a disc. I should have read the blu-ray review for it cause it mentions the "pretty squishy looking DVD" in there. I did end up getting the blu just to get the bad taste out.

DVDs are no different than blu-rays in that bad post processing or encoding will ruin what would have been a solid looking disc.
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:55 AM   #7
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If you're watching DVDs today another big factor will be the upscaling of the player you are using.

I picked up a cheap DVD player for $20 in Asia that plays anything and although it will truck through even the shoddiest DVDs, the picture quality is nowhere near that of my Pioneer 3D BD player.

I have watched the same disc on both players and it is night and day.
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Yeah, my Panasonic 3D blu-ray player offers nice upscaling. Most DVDs look fine, even those that are almost 20 years old!
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