One hundred Blu-ray vs DVD comparisons

In the last couple of days I’ve put up Blu-ray vs DVD comparisons for Donnie Darko and Two Hands. Both are fine movies. The results for Donnie Darko (go here for the comparison) are somewhat disappointing, primarily due to the limited resolution of the original film:

They’re somewhat better for Two Hands, which benefits quite a bit from the HD treatment (comparison here):

These additions mean that I now have one hundred Blu-ray vs DVD comparisons up.

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5 Responses to One hundred Blu-ray vs DVD comparisons

  1. Simon Reidy says:

    Congrats on reaching 100 Stephen! I’ve used your comparisons a number of times to illustrate to people the benefits of Blu-Ray. Keep up the excellent work.

  2. Anthony says:

    Congrats on the century Stephen. Re: Two Hands. No 5.1 on a modern day film? Amazing.

  3. Stephen Dawson says:

    Not 5.1? Well, I reckon it would have been a pretty low budget film (Ledger was not at that time the huge star he was to become – this movie was made before 10 Things I Hate About You was released. Probably trimming costs there.

  4. Duncan says:

    I’ve been curious about these “Blu-Ray vs DVD” comparisons since reading about it Sound and Image magazine (I think that you used Independence Day as one of the examples). One question that occurs to me is: is the basis of comparison “fair”? What I’m getting at is that most people who watch Blu-Ray discs will be doing so on a large TV that presents the source material in all its glory, whereas there are still many people who will be watching DVD on smaller screens and therefore not really miss the additional detail. What I’m not saying is that DVD quality is better than Blu-Ray quality, I’m simply saying that many people with smaller sized TVs may be satisfied with DVD quality and see no reason to upgrade (by the way, I run an Oppo BDP-83 to a Sony Bravia, so count me among the Blu-Ray converts).

  5. Stephen Dawson says:

    Welcome, Duncan. Valid points indeed. A well-done DVD can actually look quite good even on a large screen, if you can tolerate a bit of softness.

    Somewhere or other I’ve discussed the fairness of doing it this way, and the truth is, there is no perfect way of doing a comparison. So my assumption is that you’re watching on a full HD display, with 1:1 pixel mapping working, and on a screen big enough to see all the detail.

    In practice, the differences as shown in my comparison are clearly evident when I’m using a front projector in my office, and less so when using the 40 inch full HD TV in the house. But even in the latter case, Blu-ray usually looks better than DVD, if less obviously so.

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