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Old 11-30-2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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Ok, I'm really looking for some help here. I haven't purchased an HD tv yet, or a blue ray player, or anything in that area. In fact, we're still on CRT's. We're basically waiting until our next home to upgrade to HD tv's and flatscreens. Anyway, the other day I was walking through Sams Club and noticed they had G.I. Joe playing on one of their HD flatscreens. It wasn't a huge screen, something like 36" maybe 40" tops. I could tell it was high def, so I stood there for a few minutes watching. At first I thought it was from the special features or something, because it looked like some sort of "making of" featurette or something. The video quality just looked, well, not production value, not the finished cut. I was expecting to see an outtake or a boom mike come floating down or something, or the actors to stop mid scene and start talking to the director. Then after a few minutes, I realized that I was not watching an extra on the DVD, but the movie itself. Then I realized that the crappy "non-production value" I was noticing was the result of the high def video displaying every little bit of detail available in the shot. I saw makup lines on actors, the lighting looked fake, I could visualize the big lights in the studio shining down on the actors, the snow looked like fake powdery snow, everything just looked fake. I did not enjoy it at all.

Then I started thinking, if this is what HD movies look like, I DO NOT want this. I was all excited for the next few years when I could build my ultimate home theater with HD everything, for the ultimate viewing experience. But if this is what blue ray or movies in HD are going to look like, leave me out.

I can see how sports would look AWESOME with this. But we have an entire industry dedicated to high def movies? And they look like this? Please tell me that G.I. Joe was made crappy or something, or that the TV was installed incorrectly, and that not all movies will look like that, because if they are, I'm going 720p and not looking back.
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:28 AM   #2
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Do you know what the signal source was ? Was it DVD or Blu-Ray. Most likely it was a DVD, which means it was 480p, a far cry from Blu-Ray, which is 1080p. And, most importantly, that TV had NOT been calibrated. Who knows how many people had been playing with the settings, anyway. I'm sure there are no AV professionals employed by your local Sam's Club who know the proper way to set up an HDTV. Go to a retailer who specializes in AV equipment and view an HDTV that has been properly set up. You'll be amazed at the picture.
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:04 PM   #3
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Do you know what the signal source was ? Was it DVD or Blu-Ray. Most likely it was a DVD, which means it was 480p, a far cry from Blu-Ray, which is 1080p. And, most importantly, that TV had NOT been calibrated. Who knows how many people had been playing with the settings, anyway. I'm sure there are no AV professionals employed by your local Sam's Club who know the proper way to set up an HDTV. Go to a retailer who specializes in AV equipment and view an HDTV that has been properly set up. You'll be amazed at the picture.
That was my first thought, is that they obviously don't know how to configure the settings properly. But I really don't know how that could have been DVD. I'm assuming it was Blu-Ray. Just because I could tell it was very good resolution. I mean there's no way I could have seen that level of detail from a DVD. I don't know, I'm obviously new to all this, but I hope you're right. I will go somewhere proper and sample it there, because if seeing every little level of detail means that the picture is going to look like that, I'd prefer to let my eyeballs fill in the gaps for me.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:39 AM   #4
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All movies I've watched in high def look incredible. I'm pretty sure it was just a crappy movie.
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Or it could have been that the particular TV had all of those crappy motion enhancement features turned on that degrade the HD PQ. I have seen this time and time again...
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:19 PM   #6
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I don't think you should base your opinion on one experience. Ask around,get opinions,and THEN make your decision. High Def is phenomenal, how could a forum (here and other places) survive if the reasoning wasn't valid. Do some more investigation,I'm sure you"ll be pleased
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