Dynasty in HD

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  1. Gabriel Maxwell

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    One more thing, given the issue of the drop in quality raised by Matthew, here are screencaps from the two versions of the season finale - above is the original 4.8 GB episode from Amazon and below is the 1.2 GB episode I was able to get with one-pass conversion.

    Obviously, Matthew is right - as you can see, some of the original quality was most definitely lost in the conversion and I'm sorry about that. I do however hope the episodes I got will be satisfactory for the time being, at least until someone else like iTunes comes up with normal-sized episodes.

    I just couldn't go through this whole never-ending conversion process again as each episode would take much longer, the episodes we'd get would probably be bigger in size than 1.2 GB, thus the transfer would take much longer, too.

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    Yes, when the natural filmgrain (and with it a lot of picture detail and depth) gets lost, that's never a good sign in HD, as that filmcorn is part of the 35mm film stock material and carrier of lots of picture information.
    But you did the best that was possible in a reasonable amount of time, so thank you so much for another great Dynasty season in HD! :hb:
    That's now 5 more seasons to go. :D
    My wish would be S9 in HD next. Let's see what Amazon or (hopefully) iTunes comes up with next for us.
     
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    By the way, since Dynasty was shot on film, do you know why can't they come up with 16:9 widescreen picture for these HD releases? What I wouldn't give to be able to watch Dynasty on a big screen HDTV without the black side bars.

    Or is that going to be a future re-release? Paramount seems to understand many Dynasty fans will double-dip or triple-dip when they're offered better quality, since the show is all about the way it looks.

    First we got crappy R2 releases, then superior R1, now these HD downloads... Could we ever see HD in 16:9?
     
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    Me too, but i'm afraid Dynasty was shot waaaay to early for that, a decade at least.
    I watch it on VLC with setting "cut 16:10" in the "video" setting tab, which is a bearable compromise with just little cuts up and down and widescreen, only just very small bars are seen then.

    But to really open the picture of the negative film for real 16:9 - Dynasty would look very strange. If you have a couple of people in the picture, they would be always awkwardly crowding the center of the screen, and every action would always take place in the center - for no obvious reason. ;)
    And there could be crew members or filming material (lamps etc) be seen at the sides of the picture - or even the end of a set!
    Dynasty wasn't shot with a "save 16:9" area in mind, TV shows didn't have that in mind in general at that time, that came up in about the middle of the 90s.
    Sadly of course - but that's the way things were. :(
    For the same reasons, "Star Trek - The Next Generation" wasn't released in Widescreen on bluray, although a lot of fans asked for that. But i think it was the right decision to leave it at 4:3 format - if only to keep the illusion and the original picture composing intact.
     
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    Yea that's always been what I thought about DYNASTY that it wasn't filmed like a film even though it was shot on film. That it was filmed specifically to be shown on TV and those old TV sets. So all the action would be in the centre of the screen and as you say there would be things visible in the frame outside of the centre that were never meant to be seen. The end of a set, or lighting and crew. Though weirdly that makes me want to see it all the more. :)
     
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    Thanks Matthew, I also could download the last episode now!! :)
     
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    I thank you Gabriel for alll the work you invested to make it possible sending us this wonderful season
     
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    Hear, hear! Thank you, Gabriel, for making these beautiful episodes available. What a treat!
     
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    Yes, there's a big loss in quality and had this been season 1 or 2 I would have been crushed! But since I detest season 5 it doesn't bother me. Besides if it weren't for you none of us would have anything of Dynasty in HD. At least I wouldn't. So a big thank you for sharing with us Dynasty fans, you're awesome! :)
     
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    Yes! Thank you! :D
     
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