We face many challenges in trying to faithfully represent DVD quality by posting screen capture images. We have established a concise standard and methodology for SD DVD... and are attempting to do likewise with our Blu-ray screen grabs. Thanks for your patience.

We are continuing to go through some trials to more accurately represent our Blu-ray captures via webpage viewing. We never increase our SD images from 'native resolution' as it would most definitely impinge upon the quality. With Blu-ray we have another issue - as their size is so much larger than a standard viewable webpage could optimally support. We now link one or more of the resized Blu-ray captures to larger ones in its native resolution.

Another issue we have is color. For that we have to expand from video levels (16-235), as per our current Blu-ray captures process allows, to PC levels (0-255) - thanks to Kris Z. of Home Theater Forum who informs us:

"For example TV sets are calibrated so that RGB(16,16,16) is black but on a PC, where RGB(0,0,0) is true black, it will be interpreted as slightly grey. For the caps to display properly on a PC you have to expand the levels, essentially remap them from 16-235 to 0-255."

We can do this in a variety of ways ex. by adjusting certain attributes till the sidebars (on a 1.33:1 film) are truly black - RGB (0,0,0). NOT simply RGB (16,16,16) or what is produced by video levels. We adjust the input levels to achieve as close to RGB (0,0,0) as we can. Hence, the entire palette of colors will be affected at the same time. We've gauged the process so as not to detrimentally impinge upon detail (one of Blu-ray's most important attributes).

Below are three examples that have had this adjustment - we used ITV's Blu-ray Black Narcissus DVD. They each are linked to full-resolution 1920X1080 size. To some the intensifying of these colors may seem a huge difference - others, who focus more on detail, may find it less important or noticeable. Bottom line is that we feel it may be much closer to what the Blu-ray is actually representing. But, this remains a work-in-progress.

NOTE: Newer viewing systems, especially HD TVs (and some High-definition players), do internal boosting through filters (as my plasma TV does), so in the final analysis getting an 'absolute' in terms of duplicating what you will see on your system by viewing our screen grabs is very unlikely to be an exact match (systems can be so very different). This will be especially true for color. This can make comparisons all the more viable in judging - not how it will appear on your specific home theater - but how much it has improved (or worsened) against another DVD.   










P. S. I've had an immense amount of communication in email about this specific Blu-ray, but none from anyone else who actually own it yet (if/when you do please share your thoughts with me HERE). I'm in the middle of a fourth viewing and I can honesty state that, of the 1000's of DVDs I personally own, this may very well be the most prized release to date. It looks absolutely jawdropping-ly stunning. Detail and colors on my system are exceptional.

I want DVDBeaver to do its best to encourage more classic releases like this, The Seventh Seal, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Searchers and The Longest Day (despite its detractors), in 1080P resolution. Perhaps selfishly, I want to see many more great older films reach this current pinnacle of home theater presentation. We stand behind Black Narcissus on Blu-ray for these two reasons - it looks just spectacular and we wish to support further important films onto this new medium (not simply the latest Hollywood Blockbuster - flavors of the week). We endorse for purchasing, not only for - what we perceive as - its monumentally high value, as this is how our consumer voices speaks the loudest.

Gary Tooze   


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