Black & White vs. Color

Collapse
This topic is closed.
X
X
 
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts
  • John Holmes
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Aug 2000
    • 2703

    Black & White vs. Color

    Last night, my wife and I watched The Creature from the Black Lagoon via cable. The picture was so good that I felt like I was in the 60's (7 or 8 yrs of age) seeing it for the first time! I swear it looked as good as I remember first seeing it.

    Anyway, this lead me to wonder "why" to dvd issues. Like, If a film this old can look this good on cable, Why do great releases from the 70's and 80's that are in color not hold up the same? I would think that on the dvd this would not be a problem in most cases.

    Just for instance: The Wrath of Khan. Though better than it's vhs brother doesn't hold a candle to my recent viewing of Creature from the Black Lagoon.

    Any thoughts?




    "I came here, to chew bubble gum and kickass. And I'm all out of bubble gum!!!" My DVD's
    "I have come here, to chew bubblegum and kickass. And I'm all out of bubblegum!!!"
  • JonMarsh
    Mad Max Moderator
    • Aug 2000
    • 15311

    #2
    Black and white is a snap compared to color for working with old prints. I've got a recent DVD issue of an old Bridgette Bardot film, B&W, 16X9 enhanced widescreen, looks great. Better than B&W over cable, for sure. Problems with color film are legion; the dyes deteriorate, cleaning steps they use when finishing internegatives strip different parts of the emulsion (and different colors) at different rates, and finding an old print that is clean, or restoration worthy, is much harder. Remember, a black and white picture can be represented fairly well with a 256 bit gray scale (only 256 distinct values), whereas equivalent color reproduction accuracy requires 16.7 million colors to be accurately reproduced.

    Regards,

    Jon




    Earth First!
    _______________________________
    We'll screw up the other planets later....
    the AudioWorx
    Natalie P
    M8ta
    Modula Neo DCC
    Modula MT XE
    Modula Xtreme
    Isiris
    Wavecor Ardent

    SMJ
    Minerva Monitor
    Calliope
    Ardent D

    In Development...
    Isiris Mk II updates- in final test stage!
    Obi-Wan
    Saint-Saƫns Symphonique/AKA SMJ-40
    Modula PWB
    Calliope CC Supreme
    Natalie P Ultra
    Natalie P Supreme
    Janus BP1 Sub


    Resistance is not futile, it is Volts divided by Amperes...
    Just ask Mr. Ohm....

    Comment

    • KennyG
      Moderator Emeritus
      • Sep 2000
      • 745

      #3
      Just so you know, the DVD of Creature looks very good also, I would think even better than on cable.

      Comment

      • John Holmes
        Moderator Emeritus
        • Aug 2000
        • 2703

        #4
        Jonmarsh,
        Okay. I can live with that

        KennyG
        Thanks for the tip!




        "I came here, to chew bubble gum and kickass. And I'm all out of bubble gum!!!" My DVD's
        "I have come here, to chew bubblegum and kickass. And I'm all out of bubblegum!!!"

        Comment

        Working...
        Searching...Please wait.
        An unexpected error was returned: 'Your submission could not be processed because you have logged in since the previous page was loaded.

        Please push the back button and reload the previous window.'
        An unexpected error was returned: 'Your submission could not be processed because the token has expired.

        Please push the back button and reload the previous window.'
        An internal error has occurred and the module cannot be displayed.
        There are no results that meet this criteria.
        Search Result for "|||"