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Branagh Hamlet DVD Update
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0106  Tuesday, 6 February 2007

From: 		Ron Severdia <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 10:07:44 -0800
Subject: 18.0097 Branagh Hamlet DVD Update
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0097 Branagh Hamlet DVD Update

Actually, a DVD can have up to 720x576 pixels/frame because PAL is 
higher than NTSC. In the case of scan lines, you have 1080i (which is 
540/540 interlaced lines) or you have 1080p, which displays like film 
(one frame at a time like film instead of interlacing). Film is not 
measured in resolution like DV or HD is so that's why it's difficult to 
make a direct comparison. Some (like Canon) have stated it would take 
around 40 megapixels of depth to equal a 35mm film frame, and there has 
been tons of speculation & testing which purport other results. But the 
bottom line is mostly subjective. The "art of compression" is a complex 
one, so even if 70% of a film's image is tossed when going to digital, 
*which* 70% is it?  Is it 69% of the film you can't even see even in a 
movie theatre?  Is the viewer's subjective "filmgoing" experience any 
less? Maybe waxing too philosophical here. :)

Maybe Branagh's Hamlet will skip DVD altogether and jump directly to 
HD-DVD/Blu-ray?  One can only hope...

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