Future DVD?

Mike Boedicker (mboedicker@juno.com)
Mon, 16 Oct 2000 09:04:39 -0700 (PDT)

Pip asks "Why should any consumer accept this [DVD's] poor quality,
regardless of whether it's Brakhage or Hitchcock?...VHS may seem poor
quality, but it is a more faithful frame-by-frame
reproduction of the original film, and as a reproduction should in any case
not be considered a replacement for Film."

Perhaps in situations where frame-by-frame analysis is required, VHS has
advantages. But for typical viewing, there's no question the resolution of
DVD is superior to VHS tape (assuming the original print and the
film-to-video transfer is decent).

Unfortunately, some studios do seem to consider video versions a replacement
for original prints. A few years ago I saw the Godfather rerelease on the
big screen, and while the remastered THX sound was an improvement, the print
itself was faded and in need of restoration. Sound AND picture have been
remastered on the re-released video versions, however.

Mike Boedicker
Audiovisual Director/Webmaster
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-5223 ext. 123
http://www.danville.lib.il.us