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‘Babylon 5’ is great, so why does it look so bad?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Mark Holtz, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

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    From Engadget:

    ‘Babylon 5’ is great, so why does it look so bad?
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  2. Delroy E Walleye

    Delroy E Walleye AllStar

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    Although I haven't seen this in probably 20+ years, my memory was that the PQ always was kind of on the low side. I think I've heard it was shot on 16mm.

    I also recall the CG stuff looking mis-matched, frame rate-wise and always bothered me. Probably designed for VHS (where it looked OK if you taped it off the air and watched it that way back then).
     
  3. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    "Babylon 5" was shot on Super 35mm film stock but suffered aliasing during the progressive scan transfer.
     
  4. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Don’t care about the PQ, it was a great series that didn’t get the recognition it deserved.
     
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  5. Jake Bailey

    Jake Bailey New Member

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    Thanks for sharing! It's very upsetting that Babylon wouldn't get a restored version due to technical issues, yet even without a good CGI the story itself is great.
     
  6. dreadlk

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    Bab5 was shot on a low budget and was always put under heavy constraints. I have friend who spent months using multi pass noise reduction correction etc on each episode. The results are pretty good.
     

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