mustud52, on 26 March 2012 - 09:05 PM, said:
Interesting, Mark. I have done a lot more reading since my earlier posts, and I am sure I will get a BD player at some stage. Your post is another piece of evidence pointing me that way. However I have no BD discs, have about 3,000 classic movies on dvd, have 3 Denon 2930 players and a 3900 player feeding various Samsung 720 plasmas and, in the HT room, the soon to be replaced Screenplay 576 pj. At least I will keep the Denon AVR and speaker setup.
Yes Glen, I got a Panasonic 7000. It has not arrived yet. I have developed a feverish anticipation.
Good to know you will have one soon and you really do need to buy a few soon so you have something to watch when the player arrives.
Even on a 576P display, I think you will see a difference, though you may be forced to select 480P as the output in the set up menu. I had to do this for a client with an older system using the exact projector you will be using. When set to 1080i, (you can't use 1080P here), the projected image was just a part of the total image. Because it did map 1:1, the chip ran out of space beyond 1024 x 576. I was forced to reduce the output to a lower rez to see the entire image on screen. I can't remember if 720P worked or not. i don't think it did and why I ended using 480P.
For your 720P displays, test both 720P and 1080i and stick with what looks best. It should be 720P, but that will be display dependent as I have seen cases where it just does not work out so and 1080i looked better (one example was a BenQ 8720 with HD DVD).
When you get your BD player, do take note of what others say about "good transfers" as there are some stunning and some terrible ones out there.
Anything animated is a clear (yes pun intended) winner. But not everyone wants to watch animations, so you need to be aware of the fact that some studios just do bad transfers (can I say Universal here?) Having said that, films like MIAMI VICE (Universal) and 300 (Warner) are actually very good for showing the fine detial even though they are both said to be noisy or grainy. With 300, the effect is intentional and BD shows every bit of it. With MV, the film was shot on digital and the noise you see is there due to the way the camera was set up at the time. Again, BD resolves everything.
SHOOTER (Paramount) is probably one example of a good looking film to video in HD.
ALIENS (Fox) is stellar! And a must own IMO as is the original ALIEN. Both can be purchased individually now and I saw these in the cheap bins at JB the other day.
You mentioned "classics" and even though I have not seen it for myself, I am told GONE WITH THE WIND is supperb as is BREAKFAST AT TIFFINIES.
I would suggest renting for a while and take advantage of Video Ezy's cheap Tuesday offer for this.