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November 11, 2013, 04:05:21 PM
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Shawshank Redemption

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It's a fine movie, no doubt. In fact, it was voted the 894th greatest film ever made by critics worldwide. They vote every ten years. It came in with a rank of 894, tied with many others in the most recent poll, which was in 2012. It didn't make the director's poll at all. If you don't have at least one favorite film that made the top ten, and several favorites from the top 100, then you might want to reconsider how cinematically experienced you are. Exposing yourself to more critically acclaimed films would be a good goal.

How did some of my favorites (mentioned and discussed in this thread) place in the same poll? Let's have a look:

2001: A Space Odyssey: critics: 6;  directors: 2
Late Spring: critics: 15; directors: 174
In the Mood for Love: critics: 24; directors: 67
Sansho the Bailiff: critics: 59; directors: 224
Yi Yi: critics: 93; directors: 224
Chungking Express: critics: 144; directors: 224
Woman in the Dunes: critics: 588; directors: 174
Floating Clouds: critics: 202; directors: 322
Early Summer: critics: 377; directors: 224
Floating Weeds: critics: N/A; directors: 224
Days of Being Wild: critics: 283; directors: 546
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs: critics: 894; directors: 322
Equinox Flower: critics: 377; directors: N/A
2046: critics: 447; directors: 546
Pale Flower: critics: N/A; directors: 546
Yearning: critics: 588; directors: N/A
Late Autumn: critics: 588; directors: N/A

I ordered them according to their best placing, regardless of whether it was from the critics poll or the directors poll. I have mentioned in this thread earlier one from the top ten, and five in the top 100. The number one film in the Sight and Sound poll (at least the director's poll) is Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story. In other words, it's recently considered to be the greatest film ever made. Technically, I don't consider it to be one of my favorites, but note in my list above, I call five films from Yasujiro Ozu which made the Sight and Sound poll. One of them (Late Spring) came in at number 15.

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November 11, 2013, 04:51:55 PM
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-Into the Wild-
Gosh! How could I forget to mention this one  Cheesy. Such a lovely story. Much like I wanted mine to turn out {except not the end ofcourse}, always wanted to get out of the concrete jungle and markets and into the wild  Tongue

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November 11, 2013, 05:12:17 PM
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November 11, 2013, 05:50:57 PM
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Titanic.....

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November 11, 2013, 09:23:09 PM
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I have a 46" full HD 3D LED tv, the mediaplayer has 1080p output and I have a 600W 7.1 surround sound system. I always download the movies in the highest quality available so it shouldn't ruin the experience. Some movies need to be seen in cinemas though Tongue

Hence my intense research into what equipment will provide the best experience. A large screen matters. And upscaling algorithms matter as well. Ultimately, I want a viewing distance to screen width ration of about 1.1 to 1.4 to give that theater like experience. But unless you have the proper upscaling equipment, DVDs will never hold up at that distance. And there are a lot of critically acclaimed films which just aren't going to get the 1080p treatment anytime soon.

The best I've seen so far is an Oppo Blu-ray player (which has HDMI in as well as out to allow for incoming sources) coupled to a JVC eshift-2 projector. The Oppo can upscale to 4k, but that's not as important as the quality of its upscaling to 1080p. The JVC line of projectors are the only ones which output a pseudo 4k image outside of the Sony projector, which runs $24,000. However, the eshift-2 technology does some interesting stuff with the pixels. I recently tested a DVD in the system and was blown away by the upscaled quality. Bear in mind that I've tested quite a number of DVDs and Blu-rays in various systems for the purpose of evaluating image fidelity on large screens.

+1 on Oppo players. I've coupled them with JVC, SIM2 Seleco, and Runco projectors. There is no comperable (price/quality-wise) bluray manufacturer on the market.

And McIntosh has spoiled me. (Got my "McMasters" certification at their home base in Binghamton, NY)

I'm rocking TCL LEDs through the house now because I don't have the right space for front projection and they were all 240Hz (bought them a year ago). Picture quality is above average, but I try not to nitpick at home. I calibrate displays (ISF - Imaging Sciences Foundation certified) all the time at work, and I really don't want to whip out the Sencore when I get home. I want to relax. Plus, when home gear isn't the best of the best I'd rather wait and invest my time perfecting a system once it's actually capable of being perfected.  Grin (Integra DTR 10.6, Wharfedale reference LCRs)
Soon I'll be adding 10" and 12" Sunfire subs. McIntosh will happen when I find the right pieces for the right prices.

So you definitely have a lot of hands on experience with high end products. Tell me this: what pipeline of equipment has produced the best upscaled DVD image you've ever seen? Assume I'm talking about large screens and relatively close viewing distances - or more accurately, screen to distance viewing ratios that absolutely demand high fidelity imagery.

Secondly, have you had any experience with monaural soundtracks on older films, and the equipment which can make it sound natural and impressive?

To answer your first question - most of my positive experience with upscaling has been with dedicated Faroudja upscalers. Ever since they evolved from "line-doublers" to actual upscaling devices, they've been a manufacturer to be reckoned with in the videophile space, IMHO. You used to see a LOT of Faroudja chips in projectors, now a lot of the chip makers like Texas Instruments are handling the upscaling in-house.

On the second question - no, 2 channel audio is as far back, technology-wise, that my audio experience extends to.

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November 11, 2013, 09:28:29 PM
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And on an aside, you MUST enjoy waging hopeless battles. =)

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November 11, 2013, 11:37:36 PM
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Titanic.....

+1  nice one, the best movie ever made

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November 12, 2013, 01:49:37 AM
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I have a 46" full HD 3D LED tv, the mediaplayer has 1080p output and I have a 600W 7.1 surround sound system. I always download the movies in the highest quality available so it shouldn't ruin the experience. Some movies need to be seen in cinemas though Tongue

Hence my intense research into what equipment will provide the best experience. A large screen matters. And upscaling algorithms matter as well. Ultimately, I want a viewing distance to screen width ration of about 1.1 to 1.4 to give that theater like experience. But unless you have the proper upscaling equipment, DVDs will never hold up at that distance. And there are a lot of critically acclaimed films which just aren't going to get the 1080p treatment anytime soon.

The best I've seen so far is an Oppo Blu-ray player (which has HDMI in as well as out to allow for incoming sources) coupled to a JVC eshift-2 projector. The Oppo can upscale to 4k, but that's not as important as the quality of its upscaling to 1080p. The JVC line of projectors are the only ones which output a pseudo 4k image outside of the Sony projector, which runs $24,000. However, the eshift-2 technology does some interesting stuff with the pixels. I recently tested a DVD in the system and was blown away by the upscaled quality. Bear in mind that I've tested quite a number of DVDs and Blu-rays in various systems for the purpose of evaluating image fidelity on large screens.

+1 on Oppo players. I've coupled them with JVC, SIM2 Seleco, and Runco projectors. There is no comperable (price/quality-wise) bluray manufacturer on the market.

And McIntosh has spoiled me. (Got my "McMasters" certification at their home base in Binghamton, NY)

I'm rocking TCL LEDs through the house now because I don't have the right space for front projection and they were all 240Hz (bought them a year ago). Picture quality is above average, but I try not to nitpick at home. I calibrate displays (ISF - Imaging Sciences Foundation certified) all the time at work, and I really don't want to whip out the Sencore when I get home. I want to relax. Plus, when home gear isn't the best of the best I'd rather wait and invest my time perfecting a system once it's actually capable of being perfected.  Grin (Integra DTR 10.6, Wharfedale reference LCRs)
Soon I'll be adding 10" and 12" Sunfire subs. McIntosh will happen when I find the right pieces for the right prices.

So you definitely have a lot of hands on experience with high end products. Tell me this: what pipeline of equipment has produced the best upscaled DVD image you've ever seen? Assume I'm talking about large screens and relatively close viewing distances - or more accurately, screen to distance viewing ratios that absolutely demand high fidelity imagery.

Secondly, have you had any experience with monaural soundtracks on older films, and the equipment which can make it sound natural and impressive?

To answer your first question - most of my positive experience with upscaling has been with dedicated Faroudja upscalers. Ever since they evolved from "line-doublers" to actual upscaling devices, they've been a manufacturer to be reckoned with in the videophile space, IMHO. You used to see a LOT of Faroudja chips in projectors, now a lot of the chip makers like Texas Instruments are handling the upscaling in-house.

On the second question - no, 2 channel audio is as far back, technology-wise, that my audio experience extends to.

I think Faroudja technology may be rather old school. What was once great technology is ubiquitous today in nearly every player. There are likely much more sophisticated algorithms out there or in development for upscaling. The most promising are probably neural networks. Technicolor has created a set of standards for evaluating the quality of upscaling (to 4k), and the first company which they have awarded certification to is Marseille.

It's not a hopeless task, and it is necessary, unless you only want to restrict yourself to high profile new releases. Here's an article: http://www.hdtvexpert.com/?p=3324

And some information from Technicolor: http://www.technicolor.com/en/solutions-services/technology/technology-licensing/image-color/4k-image-certification

And a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R2GdD94jTo
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November 12, 2013, 02:03:51 AM
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Titanic.....

+1  nice one, the best movie ever made

Ya agree, nice movie... I heard titanic 2 is coming out right?

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November 12, 2013, 02:10:23 AM
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Titanic.....

+1  nice one, the best movie ever made

Ya agree, nice movie... I heard titanic 2 is coming out right?

Titanic was voted number 894 by critics and 546 by directors. In my list (see here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=322489.msg3546565#msg3546565 ) of favorite films, that puts it maybe a bit above my last three entries. Maybe it's time for you guys to start exploring other films within the vast library of films made to see what greatness is out there?

For the record, I do have a certain fondness for Titanic, actually.
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November 12, 2013, 03:36:43 AM
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Here's a trailer to a really great and highly regarded film about a legendary actress. There are some clips in the beginning of the trailer which may mislead you as to its content. Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwp-_UL2PlY
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November 12, 2013, 03:43:24 AM
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This is a rather touching film from Kon Ichikawa's later career: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1zeU16TuI4
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November 12, 2013, 03:48:25 AM
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Here is a great scene from one of my favorite films (and one of the saddest films ever made). It's where the sixth graders are crossing the bay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJOWUPFv3Jw
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November 12, 2013, 03:54:11 AM
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The beautiful theme and a few shots from Naruse's final film and color masterpiece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffN2yaw6dsI
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November 12, 2013, 04:00:05 AM
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A beautiful montage of Ozu's brilliant color work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwgsqoPyWCw
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November 12, 2013, 04:01:22 AM
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The long trailer to Wong Kar-Wai's epic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saHxm_md60c
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November 12, 2013, 04:09:51 AM
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Setsuko Hara lights up the screen in the dinner scene from one of Ozu's masterpieces: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyY02NdkINw
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November 12, 2013, 05:05:27 AM
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A beautiful tribute to one of my favorite actresses, from a great film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUGhS7t903c
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Seriously, check out the grand spectacle in Heaven's Gate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVUfnWwqNAg
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