Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 9:53 PM
| Comments: 2
Categories: BD Impressions
Either the smilebox version is streched or the letterbox version sqeezed.
Posted by: Peter von Frosta, October 27, 2008 3:04 PM
"Superficially, the SmileBox version appears to demonstrate an increased level of sharpness, but in reality I suspect that this comes from an added amount of edge enhancement, and that there is no actual gain in real world detail."
Actually, there's a good reason the Smilebox version shows increased detail. The Smilebox version is zoomed in a bit to match the Cinerama projection aspect ratio of 2.59:1, whereas the "flat letterbox" version shows the full 2.89:1 image captured on the three negatives. Since the Smilebox version is zoomed in a bit, it thus would have a bit more detail.
Plus, the Smilebox version itself lends itself to having mre detail, simce not nearly as much of the image is taken up by black bars.
I'm surprised that you prefer the flat letterbox version. I find that version awkward, and the image tends to "bend" away at the sides of the frame, whereas the Smilbox version retains the correct perspective and it seems that the image is wrapping around you and objects and going off into space behind you instead.
Posted by: Vincent Pereira, November 7, 2008 3:32 AM