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Encore HD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by lipcrkr, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Jun 1, 2012 #1 of 19
    lipcrkr

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    The one HD channel on Encore is showing "The Abyss" in SD? WTF?
     
  2. Jun 1, 2012 #2 of 19
    MysteryMan

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    It's in HD using 4:3 format. Just not a very good HD upgrade for a old movie.
     
  3. Jun 1, 2012 #3 of 19
    John Strk

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    I'm not sure a decent HD transfer exists for this movie yet. If so I've not seen it on any channel. It would be nice if they got around to releasing it on Blu-ray soon!
     
  4. Jun 1, 2012 #4 of 19
    gphvid

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    A decent restored version has been done, but probably not available to broadcast outlets so that the studio and Cameron can exclusive it to Blu-Ray...at least initially. But an older HD widescreen transfer should be available and should be what they are instead of the 1.33 version.
     
  5. Jun 1, 2012 #5 of 19
    davring

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    Blu-Ray available Sept 11, 2012
     
  6. Jun 2, 2012 #6 of 19
    wahooq

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    DAMN DTV!
     
  7. Jun 2, 2012 #7 of 19
    lipcrkr

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    Well, if a movie like "The Abyss" is on an HD movie channel and is 4:3 or whatever, i will not watch it. I have the Ultra package, including 3 months premiums, and the HD Encore which is included in the Ultra.....but was hoping that every movie on Encore HD was truly HD....."The Abyss", may be in HD but watching it in 4:3 is even worse. They shouldn't schedule a movie in HD 4:3, period.
     
  8. Jun 2, 2012 #8 of 19
    trainman

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    "Period"? What if it's an older movie and 4:3 is its original aspect ratio?
     
  9. Jun 2, 2012 #9 of 19
    sigma1914

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    Take it up with Encore.
     
  10. TBoneit

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    So you wouldn't watch any 4:3 ar movie?

    I watched Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and laughed my bleep off.!rolling
    I managed to enjoy all that great humor even though:

    No color, Only B&W
    4:3 AR
    Only music for the sound track since they were silent movies, You had to read the Dialogue.

    You probably wouldn't watch them for any one of those reasons.

    I know I'm :beatdeadhorse:
    Watching Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle :joy: :up:
     
  11. lipcrkr

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    I will watch TCM even though it's SD (pisses me off, they have TCM HD on my former TWC). And i love silent movies as well as B & W. Raging Bull is a masterpiece. That's not what i'm talking about. I won't watch any movie in 4:3, never did on TWC either. Perhaps i should have said i won't watch a movie or anything else in 4:3 period.......with and exception to TCM (which i still am pissed that DirecTV lags behind to TWC. I don't use a DVR and don't choose BluRay. Maybe it's just me, but i have plenty of HD choices (about 127) to satisfy my appetite.........so i'm not complaining.
     
  12. ejjames

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    If it's any consolation, James Cameron said he preferred the 4:3 aspect ratio while viewing The Abyss at home. Of course that was about 22 years ago when the laserdisc was released. His idea was, he had shot the film, framing it knowing it would be seen "open matte" by more people than would see the letterbox version.

    This was years before DVD, HD etc...but I remember it caused quite a stir among the home video community. (At least that's what I THINK happened. I am almost 40!) :nono:
     
  13. TBoneit

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    Ok, Some exceptions makes more sense.

    Did reading this help any with your complaint?
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=3028138#post3028138
     
  14. PrinceLH

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    I wish the Encore Westerns Channel would go HD. Saw the restored version of The Searchers, on HDNet and it was stunning. I'm sure some of those great older westerns would look good in HD Widescreen, if there were HD restored versions.
     
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    Bet there's not a lot of Gene Autry available in HD ...
     
  16. joed32

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    If it was shot on film it can be HD.
     
  17. MysteryMan

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    Actually many of the old weterns are available in HD for broadcast and on BluRay. Over the weekend I picked up a copy of Vera Cruz with Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper.
     
  18. makaiguy

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    Yeah, it CAN be, but has anybody bothered to transfer those old short B movie westerns?
     
  19. fleckrj

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    If it is true that you will not watch any movie in 4:3, then you will not be watching any movie made between 1933 and 1953 (and most others that were made before 1933 and several made after 1953) in their original aspect ratios.

    You will also not be watching any television show produced before 1999 in its original aspect ratio..

    4:3 was chosen as the SD television standard because 4:3 was the "academy standard" for motion pictures. Only after television became popular did movies go to wide screen to give people something they could not achieve at home.

    While 16:9 is the aspect ratio for HD TV, most modern movies are wider than that. It is disappointing that HBO and others have decided to show movies in 16:9 instead of the original aspect ratio.

    Original aspect ratio is much more important than 4:3 or 16:9. I would much prefer to watch a movie or television program in its original aspect ratio. Since most old movies and TV shows were filmed in 4:3, that is the way I want to watch them.
     

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