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    Wink LOTR Blu Ray

    Just an observation as I am currently halfway through the second installment. First movie at first did not impress me with it's high definition treatment as unfortunately we all tend to judge any bluray presentation with the very best that we have seen. "The Two Towers" is MUCH better, even reference quality to my eyes and I am very impressed with just how well it was directed and edited. Just a joy to experience.

    That's all I had to say . . .

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    So you jumped on the theatrical release?

    I wonder why there would be a difference in picture between the two.

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    I am a sucker for those marketing ploys . . .

    Yes, I have no mind of my own, I just buy what's there when it's there. I would like to hear Sir Terence chime in here why there would be disparity with the first movie's picture quality since I believe all three were pretty much filmed at the same time.

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    You can read about it in this thread I started earlier this year:
    Interesting stir at Amazon's LOTR Blu-ray reviews

    Sir T will surely have an answer regarding the picture. But I want to know... how does it sound? Is your home theater DTS Master/Dolby True HD ready?

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    DTS Master HD

    Sounds wonderful.

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    I like that! What's your setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairsonfire
    Yes, I have no mind of my own, I just buy what's there when it's there. I would like to hear Sir Terence chime in here why there would be disparity with the first movie's picture quality since I believe all three were pretty much filmed at the same time.
    I kinda knew I was going to have to explain this sooner or later.

    FOTR is the only one of the three films that didn't go through a complete DI process. In a DI stage, the entire film is scanned (in this case at 2K), all the post work is done, and the 2K file is then recorded back out to film and converted to anamorphic digitally. With FOTR, only 70% of the film was scanned/manipulated, then it that footage was recorded back out as Super-35 negative and intercut with the 30% of footage that wasn't ever scanned, then the movie went through a traditional photochemical finish and optical Super-35 to anamorphic conversion. The BDs of the later two will always look better because they're starting from those 2K DI files and just doing a conversion- they don't go back to the film output- whereas FELLOWSHIP has to be rescanned from the film, so you're essentially rescanning an output of a scan for 70% of the film.

    The pq on that film is also pretty soft as a result of some DNR(this is Warner you know), but the reality is, all of the films have DNR and some processing applied to them.
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    Terrence, you SO rock!

    I knew you would have an explanation.

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    That pre/pro looks mint! I'm jealous.

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