Bullitt: R1 vs. R1 SE

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Bullitt: R1 vs. R1 SE

Unread post by captainjoe » 06 Feb 2007, 23:51

Bullitt


Top: R1
Bottom: R1 SE (Upcoming HD-DVD is said to be sourced from this master)




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Generally the SE is better. It is cleaner but it seems a little too contrasty at times. Detail is better but the darkness is
questionable, especially cap 3. Overall this could've been better but the film is gritty in tone and it is certainly better
than the original release which was quite flat and looks like it had DNR applied to it.
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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 07 Feb 2007, 00:04

No contest, the SE wins hands down IMO.

I'm not sure if I want to buy this film though.

Most people of our generation tend to skip right to the car chase (I don't blame em, it is fantastic).

Otherwise the film is pretty bland, direction (by Peter Hyatt IIRC) is mediocre; the Lalo Scrifrin score is awful (I'm pretty biased though, since I hate all of Scrifrin's film scores from the 60's/70's); there are sub-plots that go nowhere (eg Bullitt's girlfriend). Where there should be tension, there is none (eg the baddie running away in the airport at the end - nothing but blah sound effects like those of plane turbines, zilch usage of music at all).

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Unread post by chenlung » 07 Feb 2007, 01:19

I agree.

Contrast boosting increases the sharpness to such a degree, but it does mean the darkening of detail :? .

The original DVD has better detail but it's miserable, soft and hazy presentation fails to brighten the likelyness of a bold, more stable and sharper image.

SE is cropped a little too.
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Unread post by Markgway » 07 Feb 2007, 03:06

I started watching this on TV once... but got bored and gave up.

The SE is better, but perhaps too dark? It depends on how the scenes are supposed to look?
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Unread post by FinnurE » 08 Aug 2007, 02:37

Ugh, both have big problems. The old one is washed out (probably sourced from tape) while the new one is too contrasty and incorrectly framed.

As I'm an aspect ratio nut and dislike dark images, I'd probably prefer the old washed out version, but I bet most people will go for the sharpness/clarity of the new one.
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Unread post by grim_tales » 08 Aug 2007, 12:56

Cap 3 in the SE looks waaay too dark.

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Unread post by Shingster » 08 Aug 2007, 16:16

FinnurE wrote:Ugh, both have big problems. The old one is washed out (probably sourced from tape) while the new one is too contrasty and incorrectly framed.
Looks more like it's been DVNR'd to death tbh.

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