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timh
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#11 · Posted: 9 Oct 2011 03:42 · Edited by: timh
I have all of the French blu-ray volumes of the show. They've been cropped to 16:9 as previously mentioned, but apart from that are mostly pretty clear in terms of picture quality. Some parts however, are inexplicably unclear - like they've been zoomed in on digitally. Not sure how to describe it, but it only happens occasionally through the volumes I've watched.
jock123
Moderator
#12 · Posted: 9 Oct 2011 12:14
timh:
Some parts however, are inexplicably unclear - like they've been zoomed in on digitally.

I’d imagine that the explanation is that, having cropped the image using a mask top and bottom, to fake the wide-screen look, some scenes will have been left with random odds-and-ends of people and things left obtruding into them: people without heads, bits of signs or what-have-you, which could be distracting. These will have required them to zoom in further on the image, removing the offending item, but leading to a drop in relative quality.
timh
Member
#13 · Posted: 15 Oct 2011 03:59
One thing I was curious about - the music on the French audio track is noticably higher-pitched throughout the whole show - opening credits, background music, the lot. As someone who'd only heard the English track before, it sounded very very different. Has it always been this way, or is it a Blu-ray peculiarity?
number1fan
Member
#14 · Posted: 15 Oct 2011 20:40
The new DVD's are brilliant and seem to be bursting with colour I like it.
tintinophile691
Member
#15 · Posted: 18 Nov 2011 06:28 · Edited by: tintinophile691
Madman Entertainment of Australia is also releasing a similar re-mastered set.

http://www.madman.com.au/catalogue/view/15587/the-adventures-of-tintin -remastered-bluray
http://www.madman.com.au/catalogue/view/15586/the-adventures-of-tintin -remastered

I have a few questions about the new sets, the Madman copy in particular: are the episode recaps cut out? Are the two episodes edited into one like some copies of the previous set? Will it include French audio? Is it cropped to 16:9? There doesn't appear to be any new Special Features.

(Note: I know it doesn't mention French audio on the official site, but Madman has been known to be dishonest about details like this - for example, some Tintin DVDs I have do have French audio, but the Transformers set I bought did not have English subtitles. Both of the time, it contradicts what was said on the packaging and official site.)
timh
Member
#16 · Posted: 27 Nov 2011 14:59
I'll pick up the Madman release when it hits stores this week, so should be able to answer the questions then
timh
Member
#17 · Posted: 30 Nov 2011 12:26 · Edited by: timh
I picked up the Madman box-set today. It's similar to the French releases (can't comment on the US/UK release as I don't own it). It's cropped to 16:9, but slightly less tightly. Episodes are still split into separate parts, and titles are presented in English. No french audio, and the pitch of the English audio seems to be a bit out - it sounds as if it's been slowed down slightly. Very noticeable on the opening credits.
Tintinrulz
Member
#18 · Posted: 1 Dec 2011 05:49 · Edited by: Tintinrulz
Why on earth would they crop the picture to the Widescreen format? I love Widescreen as much as the next person but I believe something should be viewed in the original format as it was created. In this case the release should be Remastered Fullscreen.
number1fan
Member
#19 · Posted: 1 Dec 2011 19:03
No for them to be 'HD' it has to be in a Widescreen format to compress the image.
jock123
Moderator
#20 · Posted: 1 Dec 2011 22:54 · Edited by: jock123
number1fan:
it has to be in a Widescreen format to compress the image.

They could easily fit the pictures with black pillars to left and right to make the over-all image widescreen, without need for cropping when processing for HD; they do it all the time on TV when they put standard frame material into wide-screen programmes.
However, some people seem to think that they aren’t getting “value for money” from their expensive big-screen TVs if there are bands, and thus they’d rather lose picture…

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