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Is Blu-ray showing too much leg? January 28, 2009

Posted by John Taylor in Blu-ray.
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Today during lunch at Flores, one of the cheap-n-good Tex-Mex restaurants I frequent, a former colleague commented that she saw Blu-ray movie in glorious 1080P for the first time during the holidays at a relative’s house. I was utterly dumbfounded by the first four words of her review:


“I didn’t like it.”


My stunned looked and instantly halted reach for more chips and habanero-and-cilantro-based salsa (yeah, it’s a good Tex Mex place) told her all she needed to know. We were about to move form chit chat to a much more serious Tech Talk and I was all in.


She expounded:


  • “We were watching Casino Royale.” Gee, exactly why are so many women interested in the new James Bond movies again?
  • “It’s hard to describe. I felt like I was seeing too much detail.” For a moment I thought she was going to say she oddly preferred Daniel Craig with a soft Barbara Walters style focus…
  • “It was as though I could SEE the green screen.” Hmmm. Starting to comprehend.
  • “I could tell when they were shooting on a set instead of shooting on location.” Bingo.


I had never heard these words uttered before about Blu-ray. More resolution is … better. Right? Hell I spent 2008 working with @GChip, @legin, and True Renaissance man Jules Urbach telling the story of eye-def computing. As in, visual computing so realistic you can’t tell what is generated by an AMD graphics computer, and what was recorded with a video camera.


Sure, I’d heard of local anchors’ faces looking pancaked and some TV stars not holding up so well under 1080i resolution.


Ladies, this is entirely too much leg.

Ladies, this is entirely too much leg.

But a 1080P Hollywood Blockbuster movie? Isn’t that Nirvana for techno moviephile dweeb-types like me?




Then, I got it. I remembered the first time I watched Star Wars on a decent DTV. You could see the little cut-outs around the Tie-fighters during dogfight scenes. Same thing when I watched Ghost Busters in HD. Those gargoyle dogs that chased Rick Moranis weren’t even remotely believable and looked incomparable to even today’s pre-vis technology. And it bugs you.


But I still need to see it for myself. An excuse to stimulate the economy through newegg.com?


Even so, there is something to be said for seeing just the right amount of leg.