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Branagh Hamlet DVD Update
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0126  Friday, 9 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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