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Farfel







PostPosted: June 9, 2004 7:17 PM 

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew if Seinfeld is eventually going (or even has the capability) to be available in Hi definition TV at 720p/1080i resolutions. Was Seinfeld even taped/filmed at high enough resolution to beging with, to be able to show on HiDef eventually?

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Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 9, 2004 9:07 PM 

Yes and no -- the resolution is there since it was filmed, not taped, but you won't get the 16x9 HDTV aspect ratio.

Seinfeld was filmed on 35mm film stock using Panavision equipment. While "Panavision" usually denotes widescreen, in this case they used the standard TV 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

In any case, it seems unlikely they would ever re-release the DVD's in any other format. Standard DVD's if well mastered look terrific on HDTV's.

Farfel
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 9, 2004 9:57 PM 

Hmm, true DVD quality is quite nice. However, it's still not HDTV. Granted, 1:33 HDTV content is pretty rare, however they do make HD-Capable TVs that are 1:33 aspect ratio, so hopefully it might still be possible that high-res Seinfeld will be aired on HDTV someday!

Until then, I suppose i'll settle with the DVDs.

Jose
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PostPosted: June 10, 2004 8:12 AM 

I think we can expect pretty good quality from the DVDs, the video is being remastered in high definition.

Farfel
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 10, 2004 9:06 AM 

"the video is being remastered in high definition"

DVD video, no matter how good it is, will always have a maximum of 480 lines (NTSC). High definition TV is 720 or 1080 lines. There's a bit of a difference.

Jose
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PostPosted: June 10, 2004 9:44 AM 

That's true but let's not forget that the video is more than 10 years old, I will be quite happy if the transfer is clean and dust free, not like some transfers of old shows where dust and even scratches are quite apparent in the video.

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Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 10, 2004 6:53 PM 

I'm sure the basic film transfer will be clean because that's fairly easy to do. As to resolution, 480 lines becomes 480p non-interlaced frames when using progressive scan and that looks pretty good on any high-end TV, provided the DVD is engineered properly. That's precisely the point: there are much bigger problems than line/pixel resolution that can be introduced by badly engineered DVD's. For example I've heard that major series releases like "Friends", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and many others don't use the progressive frame flags, which means that on most players you'll get interlacing artifacts, like one interlaced frame that originates from two film frames which causes brief intermittent "combing" (visible bands across the screen). Any single occurence of this sort of thing is almost invisible, but put a lot of it together and you get seriously degraded picture quality.

I don't trust any of these jokers ever since the major botching of the "Titanic" DVD release: there are enough problems with it (not the least being that it's non-anamorphic) that it's best viewed on your grandma's 1957 Philco where you can't see the difference Shocked

So I’m just hoping they get some good engineers involved in this production Smile

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Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 11, 2004 3:59 AM 

do you think that the dvd or dvd rips quality, will be better than the art vandelay encodes ?

I live in europe so if I have to buy the seinfeld dvds it will cost me a lot with the shipping, plus its r1 and I dont have a free region dvd player, so if one day I'm rich then maybe I could buy them.

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Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 11, 2004 1:09 PM 

Dvds can be played in higher resolutions if used with a progressive scan dvd player on an hdtv.

bob
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PostPosted: June 27, 2004 1:59 PM 

i saw a trailer for seinfeld on dvd and they said it would be dgital remasterd for hi def

Farfel
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: October 9, 2004 5:52 PM 

On second thought, I really don't know how it would work. I've never seen any HD content in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio (besides made for computer content) and I really don't see Seinfeld pioneering this format. So unless Blu-ray/HD-DVD becomes quite popular, along with a lot larger HDTV ownership percentage, I'm not really holding my breath as far as HD Seinfeld goes.

T
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PostPosted: April 12, 2006 12:16 AM 

Try an upconverting DVD player maybe?



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