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Region 1 Dvd: Why Uk R2 Is Pants!!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD discs' started by howard444, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. howard444

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    For twenty years before DVD I collected movies on NTSC Laserdiscs. It was only way to get films etc running at their correct speed ( the advantage of a 60hz video standard )
    with rich colour and many letterbox titles with such features as commentary tracks and supplementary programmes. One should note here that the intellectual mindset of commentary tracks has mostly fallen in the mass market DVD age when contrasted to the LD niche market where-in cinema monologue or dialogues tended to be at a higher educated level. Nowadays commentaries are like "Oh yeah! Remember that day when Wardrobe couldn't find the blue socks I needed for the costume?" Okay continuity is relevant for a production but recollections of trivia is not necessarily worth our time listening to.

    One great area of exception to dumbed-down discussion on DVD is in the dissident-documentary category. Such titles as THE CORPORATION and CONTROL ROOM and THE FOG OF WAR and LIFE AND DEBT are proof that DVD can in fact go beyond Laserdiscs.

    All of these titles are North American produced documentaries. So what type of person would buy them on REGION 2 when the original master is a 60hz NOT a 50hz
    master (be it SD or HD) ? The same questions applies to box sets of American TV shows. Why would someone be foolish enough to buy BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER or FIREFLY in REGION 2 ? As American TV shows posted on a 60hz video format (in the case of BUFFY 30fps NTSC in the case of FIREFLY 24fps High Definition / 30fps playback compatible ) are finalized in a standard that is native to Region 1 DVD and NOT native to European 50hz Region 2. Where is the logic in buying more expensive Region 2 editions that are not authentic? As feature films are shot on either film-stock at 24fps or HD at 24fps there is two ways to experience them played back, running at their native running speed in both cases a 60hz video standard does what 50hz cannot do.

    If your DVD player is connected to your TV via say a Y/C aka an S-video lead (or composite phono) then you will be viewing as interlaced video. Perfectly good quality from an R1 disc with the frame rate running at 30fps but the running speed correct as they use what is known as the 3-2 Pulldown to make 24frame film-stock run at the correct speed as a 30frame playback. There is no such adjustment for 25frame PAL. The 60hz of NTSC is what gives NTSC a more stable image over PAL 50hz. The horizontal resolution is the same on both systems while the extra vertical lines on PAL are in fact cancelled out as any kind of advantage by the disadvantage of the following R2 typical characteristics.

    R2 especially UK issue.

    1. Most DVD's authored by London based firms are authored by people with inferior personal and professional standards. You would be amazed at much the general technical ignorance and lazy and conceited mindset permeates and determines the mediocrity of the UK DVD industry. Yes there are exceptions but the bad is the rule when dealing with British DVD's and the people responsible for them.

    2. Another problem with R2 is that those extra vertical lines any advantage of which is cancelled out by crap authoring anyway, leaves far less room for colour on R2 discs. Plus big studio titles often have numerous dub tracks for the Euro market on a single disc. The result is that PAL colour which at the best of times is weak compared to NTSC colour is even worse on R2 discs. In fact a REGION 1 DVD carries DOUBLE the amount of COLOR ENCODING on the disc giving a far richer cinematic pallette.

    3. Compare artwork and packaging and most R2 issues look cheap and nasty.

    4. The English language subtitling on non-English language films is always better from the NTSC/ATSC market. I found this on NTSC Laserdisc and USA theatrical prints also. This is because American universities have a better track record on teaching languages than UK universities and even highschools also. Plus the Americans write very good dialogue. They tend to retain the lyricism and feeling of the original far better than the kind of technical translations we get over here that tend to kill off the heart and soul in the dialogue. A perfectly good example of this is the movie INDOCHINE across all formats theatrical/TV/Laserdisc/DVD the American subtitling of both the French and Vietnamese dialogue is far superior and has a far greater emotional impact than the cold and unfeeling translation on the UK issues. A major reason why some British cinema critics were cold toward this great French epic while American critics received it with raves. I believe that the difference in subtitles and translation made all the difference.

    5. Choice and price on R1 is far better.

    6. Here is the bottom line. Let's say you are a fan of THE SOPRANOS. Let's say you have only seen the show on C4 and R2 disc. The show which personally I fell-out of like with a long time ago, but never mind, lots of you still love it, uses regional vocal intonations and phrasing as a key part of its actors characterizations. Running 4% speeded up on 50hz PAL you have never really heard how Tony speaks You are missing the fine nuances of the lingo and expression. I remember a friend of mine way back when getting off-air VHS tapes of STAR TREK sent to him from a friend in Canada. He was immediately struck by the realization that for the first time he was hearing Captain Picard's or Captain Janeway's speaking voices as they are and not as they are misrepresented by the PAL speed-up.
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    To return to the subject of playing back REGION 1.

    The other way to playback REGION 1 is via component 3 phono video lead using a PROGRESSIVE SCAN player.
    On appropriate titles you will experience true 24 frame film rate cinema and if you use a projector like TOSHIBA ET1 as I do (with my imported PIONEER DV-656A dvd player moded for multi-region by the nice folks at World Gift Center in Chicago). The results of PROGRESSIVE SCANNING in 24fps/60hz can on a good R1 disc be so breathtaking that I am quite skeptical about what spending the better part of three grand on upgrading to HD is going to do for me. Let me put it this way the planned HD transmissions from SKY in 50hz will NOT be as good as what I have now from REGION 1 SD DVD on my LCD projector. Apart from the speed and colour issues SKY's HD transmissions are going to be subjected to so much compression that they will be self-defeating plus if you watch them on a bloody PLASMA screen it is going to look like mush.

    Last but not least here is a tip.

    Apart from FIREFLY I have yet to find a TV BOX SET that does not look better and play better with the PROGRESSIVE SCANNING switched OFF!!! This is due to interlaced mastered TV shows being PROG SCAN encoded on disc AFTER the fact. So sometimes one can do better say for example ANGEL by switching the PROG SCAN off (on the front panel of the player if you have a hard switch. Just remember to put it back on before watching a feature film ).

    If you want tips on setting up a TOSHIBA ETI projector (and related DVD functions) for best colour results / write me at hsm_melody@hotmail.com
     
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    I have never read such a load of erroniously explained badly worded drivel in years.

    Go take a look at a PAL colour foot print on a chromaticity chart compared with an NTSC one. Then go and research about video standards and see if you can figure out why discussing digital video formats in terms of PAL and NTSC colour is completely irrelevant.

    I can only assume that someone who has gone to the lengths you have to post such utter nonsense and display such a complete lack of fundamental video mastering techniques is trolling and or of questionable mental health.

    It is blatantly obvious you have no professional involvement with the TV or film industry beyond some delusional belief in your own expertise on the subject.

    As for your distinctly US centric attachment to video standards I have many US and Canadian film professionals standing round reading your sorry little rantings with much embarrased murmering.
     
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    You have no knowledge of my background and life experience.
    Furthermore you are a nasty and hurtful character who despite my cordial recognitions of reasonable points made by you elsewhere you engage in a fascist attack upon me on a personal level. This is due to your inability to deny the facts in my article. Only today Mr Stewart Emmings who works for Ascent Media in London and has two decades as a broadcast engineer under his belt praised my article. Confirming inparticular the low standards in the UK DVD industry that he sees first hand. Furthermore Mr John Bingham a lecturer in physics and mass media at Salford University has repeatedly supported my evaluations and confirmed my analysis as very sound.
    For the record I am a film school educated screenwriter among other things but I am not here to justify myself anymore than I have insulted your personal or professional self. It is you and only you Mr D who engages in unjustified, hurtful personal insult. I know my evaluations are sound. If you want to spend your life watching 50hz HD along with provincial minded EU technicrats fine go ahead. Meanwhile South Korea, Japan, North America, most of South America are thinking global and universal with 60hz HD. Even German satellite operators have made provision for pure 60hz HD transmissions from other parts of the world. In fact as real broadband is developed across the world even people in 50hz nations will be able to bypass the official system and access in the years to come 60hz HD on-line. Prior to which 60hz HD discs as now with 60hz SD R1 discs are the defacto world standard with people across the planet voting with their credit cards by buying North American discs regardless of the official standard in their area.
     
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    I believe that when DVD first started NTSC was superior in both price and picture quality but recently after renting out many UK region 2 discs ( i used to just buy from America and Japan ) i have found Region 2 discs can look stunning, and generally speaking can have much less edge enhancement on many titles, the speedup for PAL sound is a problem though and i do prefer NTSC sound without any speedup, the thing is though that to the untrained eye a very good PAL and NTSC transfer can look pretty identical on a large screen projection system, i have seen horrendous NTSC and PAL DVD's which have had terrible edge enhancement added and then again i have seen great transfers with little to no edge enhancement, for me the sound speedup is the only issue which has me buying NTSC over PAL as picture quality wise Region 2 UK titles have now caught up and sometimes surpass their Region 1 counterparts.

    Choice and price on Regions isn't an issue anymore as Region 2 titles are just as cheap and the choice is huge ( buying on the internet gets you very cheap prices )
     
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    Dear FOXYMULDER

    Thank you for your civil and reasonable response.
    I would say this though. That there are many wonderful titles that are not available on R2 and yes I agree that there are bad examples of both R1 and good examples of R2. But my harshest criticism is aimed at UK R2 as I have had some fine concert discs etc from France and other places.
    I also should stress that it is still silly to buy US TV shows on R2. That does not make sense. Plus many non-English language films are either not available in the UK or from some naff label. If your taste is big blockbuster stuff then your evaluation is reasonable but I still find that authoring from such companies as LASER PACIFIC for R1 cannot be beaten. Also I should point out that I use a projector and the difference becomes more apparent than on a bog standard telly. If you are merely comparing interlaced to interlaced on a blockbuster action movie...yes I agree most likely little in it on the surface...but when you watch more intently it becomes apparent...but if you are playing back in progressive scan you can only achieve original film stock 24fps off an R1 DVD.

    The way many arthouse titles look on UK R2 is really poor in terms of grading. These titles often get picked up by big labels in the US and get very good treatment. Again yes there are bad examples but they are not the rule. On Japanese discs, I have only seen a few and was a bit dissapointed as Japanese LD's were great but their DVD's don't seem to match the North American output.

    It is very important that you admit that the speed up and the sound on R2 bothers you. On sound you are more aware of it but understand that it has undermining impacts within the visual psychology and pacing also.

    Thank you again for your reply it is appreciated.
     
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    I actually do agree with parts of what Howard is saying.

    Especially this part:

    "1. Most DVD's authored by London based firms are authored by people with inferior personal and professional standards. You would be amazed at much the general technical ignorance and lazy and conceited mindset permeates and determines the mediocrity of the UK DVD industry."

    I can well believe this. The UK in general compared to the US has a bit of a feckless attitude at times. That's not to say all R2 DVDs are made to a poorer standard though. Look at the FOX R1 version of "Thirteen" compared to the Universal R2. The R1 is a noise reduction nightmare. Over-filtering and edge enhancement also seem to crop up more on NTSC discs. I agree with Foxymulder here.

    Agree with you entirely. Why the hell would I buy a standards conversion when my TV can show both video formats anyway? Some conversions are remarkably poor... the PAL version of the anime musical "Interstella 5555" is horrible - jumpy lines everywhere.

    Errrrm.... what? Where did you get that from?

    Agree there most of the time - seems to be lowered standards again. Look at EIV's UK covers compared to the American versions by New Line Home Entertainment, it's hilarious. The UK versions are covered with tabloid quotes (except Lord of the Rings and some of the more "high brow" movies - but even still look at the UK LoTR Extended box sets. What was a textured high-quality printed box for the US market has been replicated as a cheap cardboard case for the UK!)
     
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    Dear Lyris,

    On the issue of colour encoding. It is true. My Professor friend at Salford Uni explained the tech to me. The amount of colour encoded on a Region 1 discs is nearly twice as much as on a Region 2. As I say the modestly fewer lines and fewer languages tracks allow for more space to encode colour. NTSC color is richer as a rule anyway. It is only in past few years with digtial (because it is all now MPEG colour) that the gap has been narrowed but it is still true that NTSC is richer. However you need to learn the art of setting up and balancing as PAL's phase is fixed. Whereas NTSC has manual HUE or TINT controls. A blessing I think as otherwise you are stuck with what someone else thinks is correct or just an auto-pilot setting by some lazy mug who went off for lunch.
    I remember having an R2 disc of a Swedish movie authored in Australia. It was fine until about 60% of the way through when some strange herring-bone type patterning appeared and never went away. Other copies confirmed the same. Like no one was monitoring it. No doubt techies pal (pun) called him to say "the surf's up and its wicked, grab your board mate!" I bet the Aussie skived off to the beach leaving the machines to finish the job. Hahaha!!

    Yes thanks about the packaging on R2 I really hate those BBFC age certificate numbers...even on the spine...so an entire row of discs on a shelf looks like an oddball illogical number rotation. Its all so cheap and tacky. Compare for example the artwork to the HBO TV movie that started Angelina Jolie's career GIA the American one is real classy. The UK one looks like something on Page 3 of The Sun.

    Thank you for responding. Oh here is a tip when buying R1 discs use the third party dealers on Amazon, where it says "new and used" in a side box. Also on the UK branch of Amazon simply add in large case the letters NTSC after a movie title in their search engine. Some great best kept secret prices.

    When you talk of "noise reduction nightmare" I wonder if player and or TV settings are a factor there. Though I do admit that be warned about SONY COLUMBIA in the US I just noticed lately they are starting to down-grade SD images prior to launching BLU-RAY. They did this before for two years in the run up to DVD they made all Laserdiscs pressed at their plant in California doomed to rot. The production manager admitted to me they had started supplying them with inferior materials to make the discs. To kill of LD before launching DVD. The only R1's I have not been happy with lately are SONY COLUMBIA issues that say "Mastered in High Definiton" on the box. Maybe they should say high amounts of noise reduction. These corporations do not believe in free choice they want to force us onto the next format which is so foolish as it takes away the voluntary desire to do so.
     
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    Buy R1 and R2 alien quadrilogy boxsets
    View them both and be amazed by the jerky pans on R1 NTSC set and other strange processing artifacts.
    Now view the R2 PAL movies and be amazed at the quality of the picture.
    Buy each DVD on it's own merits, some are best in PAL, others best in NTSC. Some are only best as R2 German PAL releases (as they tend to be uncut)

    Generally you get more extras on the R1 disks, but they can edit out sex scenes. See here for an example http://www.discwrite.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=152
     
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    The claim that NTSC has superior colour to PAL is completely erronious. Factually , technically and in practice. Your pal could be Stephen Hawking and he'd still be talking piffle.

    If this was not bad enough digital video is neither PAL nor NTSC it is component (normally 4:2:0 though it can also be 4:1:1 for dvd but rarely is). mpeg is not a colour standard it normally designates an organisation or a compression codec. NTSC or PAL colour frequency generation from dvd is a function of the player . You can have a 625/50 image with a PAL or NTSC colour frequency and you can just as easily have a 525/60 image with a PAL or NTSC colour frequency. You are not even savvy enough to differentiate between the two characteristics.

    Most people who care about what they are watching will never even get into this territory because they will watch component or RGB or use a completely digital pipeline and NTSC and PAL colour issues only become relevant when you bring a signal type that uses chroma encoding into the equation ( composite or s-video or RF). Even then on a decent display you can percieve a notable improvement in colour resolution by using a PAL colour signal over an NTSC one regardless of the actual image format on the disc. I have done this on broadcast quality calibrated displays and domestic kit.

    But you are not going to understand any of this as you are obviously some sort of NTSC centric crank.

    The quality of the telecine has nothing to do with the specific image characteristics of 625/50 and 525/60 ( what you oversimply refer to as PAL and NTSC). The critical procedure at a telecine revolves around adequetely mapping a portion of a negative film density range to a video one maintaining a pleasing image whilst implimenting the necessary intensity scale compromises necessary to map film into a video colourspace. Again I reitterate this has nothing to do with PAL and NTSC. Telecine is a manual procedure with a telecine operator or colourist making decisions as to how they map from the film intensities to the video . No two telecine operators will do precisely the same telecine of the same material. It would be incorrect to quantify one telecine as superior or inferior to the other based on subjective analysis (unless there were obviously ugly decisions). If there were technical issues yes you could say that one was inferior however having a preference for one telecine over another when both are technically within parameters is merely a preference it does not indicate one telecine is more or less correct than the other.

    Most commercial telecines are derived from a 24p hidef datacine from the original film negative. This datacine is then used to derive 525/60 and 625/50 subsampled versions for dvd mastering and broadcast. To keep this simple for you its the same telecine only the image structure is different colour and intensity are the same. This is not always the case but its by far the more likely scenario for commercial films over the last 5 years.

    I have seen good and bad telecines from all over the world and only someone with no actual experience in this area would make a blanket statement that US telecines are better than UK ones. Put this in light of the fact that I've just explained to you about the more prevalent use of datacine hidef mastering and this statement becomes all the more facile.

    There are differences between a 525/60 and a 625/50 master of a film. These specific differences are :

    625/50 : 4% sped up , 25 fps encoded as 50 fields per second , 720x576 resolution (nonsquare pixel)

    525/60 : 30fps encoded as 60 fields per second with 3:2 pulldown from 24fps , 720x480 non-square pixel.

    Colour ...usually the same.

    Mpeg2 compression is of a variable data rate so I fail to see how anyone would actually be able to state unequivocably what the data encoding rate is from minute to minute with 100% certainty and state with any confidence that its always better distributed on a 525/60 master than a 625/50 one . Whilst colour sampling can vary in an mpeg 2 compression schemes the global data rate is more likely to be significantly modulated referencing a motion vector analysis of the images. ie only update the moving portions of the image rather than contain any huge variance in colour sampling.

    You are needlessly justifying some personal preference for 525/60 by trotting out irrelevant and erronious information to blanket qualify it as "better" than 625/50 . As I have said repeatedly in this thread and the other one neither type of image is intrinsically better than the other they have different characteristics that some people either prefer or dislike.

    My own preference is for neither . 4% speed up does not bother me , 100 lines less resolution does not bother me , 3:2 pulldown artfacts do not bother me. I only require that the telecine is not overly harshly clipped or crushed ( and even the best telecines are to a certain extent relative to film). The only thing that I would not countenace is a needless transcode as I have already stated in the other thread if you would care to attempt to read it and understand it.

    Myself and others on this forum thought we had just about extinguished the usual malformed diatribes spewed forth about PAL vs NTSC and then someone like you pops up and has the arrogance to justify your erronious and incorrect viewpoint by qualifying yourself as being from a professional background ( and claiming to have gone to film school isn't really enough to set my world on fire). You would do better to concentrate on getting your facts right rather than bludgeoning people with your self proclaimed superior experience and background . ( which believe me you have not got)

    All you have done is perpetuate misinformation about this field which is the complete antithesis of the purpose of this forum and as far as I'm concerned for that you deserve nothing but the harshest criticism.

    I happen to work in the global film industry ( I didn't just go to film school) and I take exception to someone with such obviously inadequate understanding of a subject they repeatedly claim to be knowledgable in making statements that : to paraphrase you, 96% of the industry don't know what they are doing. I'd take that personally from someone who knew what they were talking about from you its down right insulting.

    I'm also one of the people that Laser Pacific ask about film to video issues on occasion.
     
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    Whats needed is a healthy dose of reality in all this as well. Its extremely silly to make "hard and fast" rules re buying DVDs.

    Whilst I agree that by and large, you are best off buying TV shows in their native format - eg Doctor Who in R2, and Alias in R1, there will always be exceptions to this.

    With Buffy, seasons 4-7 are widescreen in R2, and whilst the speed up is a bit of a jolt, after a few episodes you dont notice it. Certainly I would not want Buffy seasons 4-7 in full screen.

    Modern conversion technology is also so good, that going NTSC-PAL or vice versa is practically seamless, especially on film originated material.

    As for the comments re the "superiority" of LD - well fine, but not all of us want a film studies lecture for a commentary. Also the much vaunted "kings" of LD, Criterion, had to be dragged kicking and screaming into issuing anamorphic DVDs - claiming that there were downconversion issues, and that they didnt want their consumers "confused" into playing an anamorphic DVD on a player which had not been told to downcovert if attached to a 4:3 set - so much for the supposed high brow audience that were apparently Criterion's consumer base.

    I've been buying DVDs for 8 years now, and 80%+ of my collection is still NTSC. I'd never dismiss someone who bought R2 however as "silly".
     
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    I'd like to make a suggestion that will help your arguments.

    Region coding has nothing to do with video standards, so when you're arguing video standards, you don't need to mention region coding. Generally, the cuts and transfers are different from country to county, not from region to region.

    Laserpacific is a fine facility but it "can't be beaten?" No one with experience in TV or film would say anything that simplistic. There are fine facilities all over the world. Work for the EU market is often finished in the US and work for the US market is often finished in the EU. As for talent, a layman would be surprised by the international diversity of talent that's blended through facilities in both the EU and the US. If a studio cares to pay for a well supervised transfer that's performed by quality people, they can get it anywhere. Here's a lesson in American economics, prices and quality levels are controlled by the consumers' willingness to buy. Don't blame the artist and operators. The thing that hampers transfer quality is greed.

    Regarding NTSC.... Call any facility in the US and you'll find a commonly circulated joke is that NTSC stand for "never the same color." PAL's quality is generally preferred. We're lucky to already have HD because it offers a quality alternative to NTSC.

    Pjclark1 makes a great point about the cuts. Releases to different countries are often cut differently. As a film school writer, it seems that you'd find the story to be the most important factor in determining which version will bring you the most enjoyment.

    You should end this thread. I appreciate your drive for the industry to produce high quality work. But, your emotional attachment to the US or your bitterness toward the UK is causing you to make up or guess facts about a subjects that you don't have enough information to understand. You aren't technically helping anyone.

    Enjoy your movies and buy whichever source that you think is the best quality.
     
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    I think once you have witnessed the glory of high definition this sort of debate becomes pointless - the LOTR EE DVDs are excellent on both R1 and R2 for different reasons (note that the r2 has pitch correction so the audio is at the right pitch) but compared to the 720p and 1080i versions I have seen they both look weak. Once you have seen 1080p you never go back...!

    sorry for the slightly OT response
     
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    Not at all look what the crazy man posted originally. We should stick with 525/60 with an NTSC colour signal no less!


    I've actually lost count of the amount of fundamental errors in understanding that these comments indicate.

    I find it very difficult to believe this individual is attempting to do anything other than troll.
     
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    Yeah, what the D said :)
     
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    Yeah, what the D said :)
     
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    Yeah, but most of us don't use the sorts of NTSC signals that would be suspect to these kinds of problems. Most of us will be using RGB video over SCART or in my case, Component. The color on an MPEG-2 DVD movie is stored as 4:2:0 on both NTSC and PAL formats. Edit: Mr. D has already explained

    Couldn't agree more. Also look again at the UK version of LoTR Extended. The American versions with their gold-engraved and bumped covers look exactly like books when they sit on my (OK, my brother's) DVD shelf. But with the cheap gloss print and BBFC ratings on the UK version, this is completely lost.

    Nope, fraid not. On my equipment I always make sure NR is turned firmly off. I even examined the raw DVD stream using a PC tool to make sure.

    Do you have any proof of that - because I was thinking the same thing. I believe "Leon The Professional" is a Sony/Columbia DVD? It has "MASTERED IN HIGH DEFINITION" on the back of the case, but the picture quality is an absolute joke. I'll get a screen grab for this thread later... high definition my foot :mad:

    I'd agree that's the case with stuff originally shot on film (like with DEFT conversions) but even still, problems can crop up. I'd certainly never buy a converted version of a show originally shot on NTSC Video.

    Also, some companies seem to have the attitude that since NTSC has less resolution than PAL, converting NTSC stuff over to PAL's higher resolution means that they pull out the edge enhancement to try and hide the fact that it came from a lower-definition source. Compare the oversharpened PAL version of any season of Futurama and you'll see. Then look at how clear the NTSC one is (although, it did come out much later).
     
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    On the ALIEN BOX sets.

    I have seen the R1 but did not keep it. The issue was not NTSC but digital noise reduction.
    I do own ALIEN and ALIENS on the most authentic editions of those movies ever released to the home market with sound that blows your socks off.
    The NTSC LASERDISC box sets of the first two Alien movies deliver a far more authentic experience than any of the DVD's.
    However I am confident that in time the 60hz HD R1 will be better than any 50hz HD R2 when they appear.
     
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    Well I'm sure we'll sleep all the better for knowing that.
     
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    The re-release of LEON I suspect was an electronic touch up but also the film just has a certain odd look. I have had that film in every format and standard over the years and the look is much the same. A better example of SONY's current work would be THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET the LD was warm and had character but recent DVD issue is cold and washed out looking. I think SONY are up to their old tricks. It is NEW format time coming up and they will bias things against the old format.

    Let me qualify something. I think that some of you are not taking the X factor into account in my evaluation of R1 NTSC.
    Even if I did see a little extra resolution on PAL master I would still prefer the NTSC because (apart from issue above) the 60hz speed and the colour is not just a technical issue. It is an emotional and psychological feeling. It feels right. Like a music album may have super levels of apparent high end (just a lot of treble in reality) off a CD. But put on 180gram vinyl LP of the same album and the analogue reproduction coming off the turntable FEELS better. The way it makes you feel makes sense.

    These issues are not just technical it is not science for science sake but for culture and authenticity.

    I do not deny bad examples on R1 and good examples on R2. But my position is based on ones overall general experience and that the flaw in PAL that being 50hz is something I want to avoid. Do not think that I have never criticised an R1 master. Of course. It is such a huge industry with some many companies doing the work there is no standardisation. Nor should there be. It is out of diversity that good things come. Also I wish to encourage people to get-in a more diverse range of content across all zone codings.
     
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    No YOUR preference is for 525/60 as you feel the 4% speed up is less "authentic" (your word not mine). Other people feel 3:2 pulldown is more objectionable than 4% speed up but they don't go around making statements to the effect that anyone who thinks otherwise is a moron.

    Having a preference for something is fine I'm very happy for you but don't justify it by posting a tonne of incorrect drivel and try to qualify your opinion over other peoples by saying you went to film school and have a mate who works in a VT suite and some well meaning industry managers were kind enough to humour you.

    And resorting to totally subjective appraisal such as "feeling" to justify your comments after stumbling over such an embarrasingly inadequate "technical" campaign against 625/50 has all the hallmarks of a trolling endgame.

    I've worked on so many feature films I actually forget them occasionally , I look at , modify and create 35mm film footage day in day out and have practical as well as theoretical experience in converting film images to a variety of professional formats. I know how its created both artistically and technically, I know what has to be done to it to get it into theatres and I know precisely what has to be done to it to get it into video land ( and vice versa) and I've been doing it for years.

    I wouldn't proclaim 525/60 to be any more authentic than 625/50 and I wouldn't go around proverbially bashing people over the head by qualifying my comments with my supposedly relevant background either. This has irked me for the very fact its tantamount to bullying the other members who you assume cannot be as au fait with imagery as you are because their backgrounds do not lie in the film and television industry. If yours even does in any meaningful way.
     
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    Thats very nice of you . I wonder how we've all managed up until now.
     
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    Howard,

    As and American, I'm misunderstanding your British hifi analogies and the way they refer to digital video. Let's use a more American analogy. I kind of like the FEEL of a Ford F150 more than a Jaguar. Would NTSC be like the F150 and PAL be like the Jaguar. And does the feel or my emotional connection to one or the other actually make one or the other more accurate? I'm just not understanding you. I thought quality of DIGITAL video actually did have something to do with technical issues and I can't see the connection to analog audio.

    Region codes don't effect quality. Period.

    2:3 pull downs are absolutely horrible. DVDs played in progressive scan "feel" good on a projector. Xfer quality is determined by the skill of the operator and the time that operator has to do the job right. From one movie to the next, the American or British xfer could be better.

    You're foolish to believe that the US has some monopoly on video quality. Tell everyone though... misconceptions are just as good as facts for boosting the industry is LA. Just imagine how much we could charge then. $$$ Keeps spreading the nonsense.

    Thanks.
     
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    Dear ColorXXL

    That is not what I was saying. Beieve me you don't want to live in culture where all films run speeded up. I was referring to UK standards. I have complimented other R2 countries for some of their output.
    But yes I prefer 60hz. This is not just a USA issue. Other countries have 60hz tech.
     
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    TO DUNCAN HARVEY

    The fact that Joss Whedon has said in no unclear terms that BUFFY is not meant as a widescreen show means nothing to you eh?

    The psychology of show is more powerful in 4:3 and that is how Joss intended.
     
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    in response to fascist Keith aka Mr D

    please see the thread

    "Academic evidence R1/R2 Colour"

    the data proves that NTSC colour on DVD is better!!

    The objective data proves it.

    My 25 years watching NTSC LD and RI DVD's proves it also on the subjective side.

    READ THE DATA

    DON'T LISTEN TO MR D.
     
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    You guys really do sound like an intelligent bunch and have technical knowledge way beyond anything I could ever understand.

    I have seen arguments like this happen time and time again, and on every occasion the thread is eventually closed because neither side will back down.

    As I have stated, I have no where near enough technical knowledge to say who is right or wrong. However I would like to put a thought across.

    Film and television is there to entertain, whether it be at the top or bottom end of the intellectual scale. The moment that it starts to be analysed too much both critically or technically, are we detaching ourselves from any kind of emotional connection with the story, and therefore essentially any enjoyment?

    Sometimes ignorance is bliss!
     
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    exactly - I dont give a toss what the joss man said.

    Also I simply dont believe him. How long before exclusive to HD/Blu-Ray widescreen Buffy's are released.

    His justifications for Buffy not being 16x9 sound awfully like George Lucas "revisionism" of history to me

    Read DVD File for their reviews on Buffy - they tend to agree with me. Later seasons of Buffy may have been tx'd in the US in 4:3 but over here they were widescreen and look very natural. I have seasons 1-3 in R1, but 4-7 in R2.
     
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    Whoop - take a 2 week timeout for significant trolling and insulting name calling.

    On the subject of R1 vs R2, I generally get R1 because while region is not an issue on my 720p Barco CRT projector for picture quality or pulldown, I do actually occasionally notice that the pitch is a tad higher on R2 releases.
    Also while 4% may not be *that* much, the idea of watching a movie faster than the director intended galls me as much as watching it in the wrong aspect ratio.
     
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    Don't ban him on my account Stuart . If anything I'd like him to settle down , rationally look at the facts and maybe learn something. Assuming he isn't just some sort of crank troll.

    He's posted another load off guff in the other thread he mentions ( remind me never to do an imaging science course as Salford Uni).

    You know what I buy mainly region1 . I'm not bothered by 3:2 pulldown. ( ignoring all the ways of removing it for the time being...crikey lets not open that can of worms) I tend to find the telecines are a little more pleasing to me from the US.

    But for none of the reasons Howard has been going on about and not because they are intrinsically superior to 625/50 ones.

    How long have we been discussing the merits and disadvantages of BOTH formats?

    And we always come to the conclusion that you cannot say either is better or worse than the other excepting extreme cases. Howard seems to think the majority of us are unaware of the differences when in fact most long time members of this forum have a better understanding than Howard does regardless of their supposed backgrounds.
     
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    Mr D. was right though. It sounds like you're using arguments that might have been possible in the analog world with digital video. I've authored a few DVDs for both NTSC and PAL systems (nothing commercially available) and I can tell you that there's no difference in the color encoding on either, as far as I'm aware.
     

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