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Rental vs. Retail Picture Quality

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Matthew Attoe, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. Matthew Attoe

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    Hello,

    Does anyone know if the pictures transfers for renatl and retail dvds are the same.

    I know rentals often carry more foriegn soundtracks and fewer extras, but what happens when the retail version comes out.

    Do the studios pay to re-encode the movie picture again or do they just re-use the rental encoding?

    Basically, what i mean is:

    Is the picture superiour (sp) on retail disks as opposed to rental?

    Cheers

    Matthew
     
  2. Shoka

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    THe picture quality should be the same as both versions are pressed from the same master AFAIK.
     
  3. Bristol Pete

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    I have usually found rental disks to have a slightly better picture than the retail disk.
    I theorise that its down to the fact that most - but not all rentals lack extra features and therefore, the film is compressed less.

    Or am I talking rubbish?:laugh:

    Cap :smashin:
     
  4. gringottsdirect

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    I think the same, also not sure if it's rubbish ! :D
     
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    I can not imagine a business case as to why a company would master the film twice -- once for rental, another for sale.

    Doubling mastering costs, for what benefit?

    I think it's your imagination.

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    Perhaps the rental version in some cases is wot columbia would term superbit, no extras etc, perhaps someone would rent a film out and compare the bitrate of 2 titles and keep us informed.
     
  7. Shoka

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    No such thing as superbit rentals
     
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    I didnt say it was a superbit superbit is a marketing term meanin the disk has no extras so the bitrate can be upped resulting in better picture quality, i was making a comparison as to why maybe some rental film releases have a better picture quality than their extras filled sell thru versions.
     
  9. Wayne Moule

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    Some rentals are only on one layer,with no extras though.

    I'd prefer all rentals this way.
     
  10. Duncan Harvey

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    I very much suspect the file size for rental versions (in terms of video) is exactly the same as for the sell thru. Whether they want to mess about with sound formats and extras in another thing.

    At least we seem to have seen the end of 4:3 only rental versions.
     

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