Godfather 3 gave us the quote "...they pull me back in." Not a fan of the movie, but the quote lives on.
RE: Quality- Celluloid negative film has greater latitude/dynamic range than digital camera acquisition. Add saturation, image clarity, and contrast to that. Yes, a Canon 7d produces film like images. That's awesome! But celluloid is superior to 1080p digital origination.
4K Raw digital rivals celluloid, so now it's an aesthetic choice. Depends on how the Cinematographer and Director decide to use it. You can't seriously argue a 1970s 35mm negative film is inferior to 2012 4K. There were trends in place- use of tobacco filters, pre-flashing films- that altered the image for stylistic purposes.
For effects based films, well, different story. Digital acquisition greatly assists digital compositing, for the most part.
But with the use of DI- digital intermediates and film out- we have the best of all worlds: the Dynamic range of negative film with digital's infinite manipulation. The ideal is when a film negative is urlhasbeenblockedred. Best example is the Jodorowsky boxset. Unfortunately I bought the DVD, and a year later they started releasing on Blu Ray.
Most DVD masters were digitally scanned at 2K, which is why they didn't need to be rescanned for BluRay (2K is greater than 1080P). So when you read reviews, purists will compare Blu Ray to DVD image imperfections to see if it's from the same source file (stored on digital tape, which is NOT analog.)
The image Godfather is noted for it's cinematography, which is why the blu ray is a big deal. Please check the documentary "Visions of Light," as Gordon Willis speaks of underlighting Godfather II. That's thanks to the Dynamic Range of film...
This said, Film still has an advantage because it can be rescanned at a higher resolution until the release print/internegative degrades. A digital image originating at 720p or 1080p can only be scaled up. Truth is, most folks could care less as your eye adjusts if you're interested in the film. And if a film story sucked at the theater, it doesn't magically get better on Blu Ray.
Thats not what I said, and definitely not what I meant. You misunderstood. Digital copies of movies were transferred into digital format. But, older movies were shot with older technologies and much lower resolution thus making the sources fairly low quality. If the source is such low quality to begin with, theres only so much you can do to improve it maxing the quality out for a DVD. So taking a low quality source that was on a DVD originally and simply converting it to a blu-ray format doesnt make a blu-ray better quality. You just cant improve older film significantly to compete with quality of movies today.
As others have already stated, this is completely wrong. Absolutely ridiculous and misinformed.
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