Nov 29, 2004, 7:37 PM
Post #1 of 12
Sigh. I hope I'm wrong about this, but I don't think I am...
Just rented what may be my last DVD movie here in Mexico. The problem? The quality. By that I mean, the quality of picture, sound... everything.
I guess I should feel tickled pink that I can rent movies here that are in English and that don't have sub-titles. It is nice to be able to do that. And I guess asking for DTS when the movie was recorded in DTS is maybe asking for too much... Dolby Digital Surround isn't all that bad I suppose.
But I've just now experienced the third movie in a row that had what I can only call MISERABLE video quality. I mean, it's the kind of quality you'd expect when pointing RealPlayer at C-SPAN, heavily encoded, artifacts all over the place, and a resolution that honestly looked to be somewhere around 320X240. Just awful. This last movie was Troy. I consulted some reviews stateside about the DVD edition of Troy there and everybody seems to just rave about the quality. It is, after all, a big-budget movie with stellar effects (supposedly), so normally they do take the time and care to make sure the DVD version is as high quality as possible.
What I'm learning however is that when they produce the DVD's for Mexico, they just don't give a damn.
Anyways, I turned it off only five minutes into the movie.
I should say that *some* DVD's have been superb. Well, the movie may be rot, but the DVD encoding was superb. For instance, not too long ago I rented Bourne Supremacy, and that was very good.
Is this perchance related to which studio or distributor produces the DVD? Does anybody know of a way I can tell in advance whether the DVD quality is going to be crap before I hand over my 25 pesos?
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