I forgot about bad DVDs look

What is it about Christmas that makes you want to watch the same movie over and over again? Whatever it is, it hit the wife and I over the weekend and we watched one of our Christmas favorites, The Family Man.

The thing is that it has been so long since I watched one of the 100 DVDs I own, that I forgot how bad they look. I truly found it distracting how dull the colors were and how bad the contrast was. I tried to ignore it, but my obsessive compulsive nature just couldn’t let it go.

The funny thing is that when I think back over two and half years when I reviewed the first HD DVD player, I don’t remember being that impressed. In fact I said, “my biggest fear is that some people won’t be able to tell the difference.”

It really is funny how once you get accustomed to a certain level of quality, how difficult it can be to go back to what used to be the reference.

2 Responses to “I forgot about bad DVDs look”

  1. I find the quality levels between DVDs to be vast. My copy of Meet the Parents looks horrible, but, Night at the Museum looks much better.

    I suppose there could be other factors, (such as the colors used in the original film and how they look on my TV), but that is my experience.

  2. Ben Drawbaugh says:

    Good point about the transfer quality between different movies. The irony is that since Blu-ray came out most DVDs look better too as they use the same transfers.

    But that’s also another reason to replace your old DVDs. I remember the copy of The Hunt for Red October looked TERRIBLE by any standard, so I didn’t mind replacing it with the Blu-ray version which looks fantastic.