Prompted by the blue ray thread: too real looking???

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bayou_Brawler, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Bayou_Brawler

    Bayou_Brawler The most hurtful thing ever realized

    Oct 23, 2003
    Ann Arbor, MI
    OK so hear me out...

    i watched my first blue ray movie when i went home for christmas....

    my old little mother decided to get a 54' samsung 1080p, a blue ray player, and all the bells and whistles...:bassist:

    so i'm watched a few movies and HD tv.....

    sports and action movies look amazing...i liked it a lot

    however more drama type flicks (people standing around talking) looked weird to me....almost too real and was like watching a play and you see all the awkwardness of acting....i mean it looked brialliant...but i kinda didnt like watching drama movies or tv shows....

    am i making sense? anyone with me?
  2. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    That's the biggest problem I've had with horror movies the past couple of decades. The higher-definition film and/or TVs you view them on make them seem far more removed, like you're not watching actual people. Movies from the 70s to the early 80s had that realness to them because of the lower-quality film put you closer to the characters, which made them far scarier. People aren't in high-definition, so watching them in hi-def will definitely look less "real."
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Yes, I've noticed it with a few evening dramas that are broadcast in HD, the movement seems almost clunky. Frankly, the only thing I watch in HD is sports. Everything else I pretty much watch on the regular definition channels.
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I do mostly the same. Or actually, the only thing I care about in HD is sports. I watch the other channels in HD since we are paying extra $$ to have them.

  5. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    HD is free with our provider, but we only get something like 30 channels. Either way, I get my hockey in HD, can read the names and actually tell where the puck is.
  6. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Golf and Basketball in HD is teh win. My Name Is Earl, not so much.
  7. sarcastro83

    sarcastro83 Guest

    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Give me hockey in HD, and I'm fine. As far as movies go, I don't see any real "improvement" in my movie watching experience. Movies are supposed to have a "look" to them... what's the point of watching something like Grindhouse in HD?
  8. Jeremy Crockett

    Jeremy Crockett Amiable Crank

    I noticed the same thing at Circuit City. They had the full-blown Blu-ray set up and Transformers the movie was playing. It did look more like watching a live television show being taped rather than something on film. Yeah, it was a bit weird to say the least.
  9. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    San Diego
    All the critics can send me their Blue Ray players if it ruins your watching pleasure.
  10. Bayou_Brawler

    Bayou_Brawler The most hurtful thing ever realized

    Oct 23, 2003
    Ann Arbor, MI
    haha i'm not saying it's "bad"....just different and maybe kinda weird at first for some people..
  11. I can see where you're coming from, but I think the awkwardness/"overrealisticality" is more than justified by how much better it looks and sounds over SD.
  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
  13. Chriss62


    Jul 24, 2000
    Austin, Texas
    Yes they are!

    A 120hz refresh rate greatly exacerbates this wierdness.
  14. I always thought people are pretty much in as high a definition as is possible.
  15. Asa Samuel

    Asa Samuel Guest

    Apr 9, 2007
    Cornwall, UK.
    I always preferred older recordings of pretty much everything.

    music videos, for example: guns n roses - the garden

    tv comedy shows: father ted, men behaving badly.

    films, die hard, lethal weapon, trainspotting.

    Sure, watching things in hi-def are alright but I like old grainy stuff.
  16. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    This reminds me very much of back when drum machines and samplers went (over a fairly short period of like two years) from 8 bit samples to 12 bit and then to 16 bit. Each improvement had people raving about the increased detail and realism, but then there was a backlash of people saying the low bit resolution samples had a warmer, more organic sound to them compared to the supposedly more accurate 16 bit. So then people started buying up the older machines. Then Keyboard magazine had an April 1st issue where they reviewed a 4 bit drum machine with the richest, fattest, warmest, most organic drum machine sounds they'd ever heard. ;) After that they got dozens of letters from people begging to find out where they could buy it. :p
  17. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    I wouldn't recommend watching pron on Blue Ray then.
  18. billjr


    Jul 25, 2006
    Darlington, SC
    I replaced an older 720 HD TV with a same size 1080 HD TV and noticed a substantial difference in the picture quality. It made movies look more like the older TV shows, as the characters looked more real and lifelike, as if it was a live broadcast. My wife hated it, but I liked it OK. Now, after about five months, I don't notice it, everything just looks clearer.

    While I love sports on HDTV, there is another type of show that I watch now more than ever, NATURE SHOWS. Man, they are absolutely amazing in HDTV. I really like the shows that are filmed from the space shuttle and show parts of the Earth in HD. Those are breathtaking.
  19. chrisisnotevil

    chrisisnotevil Guest

    Aug 22, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    i wach blu ray all day, every day at work, (currently i'm being treated to elton john's 60th birthday concert and mamma mia.) i'm pretty meh about it, but go get yourselves the bbc series "planet earth" on blu ray and be amazed...
  20. Try watching Star Trek from the sixties on HD. You can see the plywood and duct tape that the sets are made from. And, I just remembered, the fake rocks and things when they go down to the planets.:smug:;)