Sky Movies HD -Is it?? (2024)

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beansontoast

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  • Jul 30, 2007
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Sorry guys but I m a new member and , reading some of your posts, clearly not up to speed with the technology in the same way as many on this excellent forum.

I m hoping someone can help as Im pretty confused. I ve just invested in Sky HD and last night watched some of the Beeb's HD trial channel ( I ve nothing else yet as they didn't send me my Sky card)

Obviously theres not a lot of HD content yet but I only got the basic package so no Sky Movies are included. Heres the reason I didnt get the movies and where I need th help of people who know more - I looked at the schedules and saw films on Sky Movies HD which were made before HD was invented. How can a film made in 1995 be shown in HD if it hasnt been around that long??Are Sky just recycling old films and putting them on their Sky Movies HD channel or are they realy a true HD experience?

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  • Jul 30, 2007
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Film is much higher quality (resolution) than HD material needs to be. So if you have old footage shot on film, it can be remastered into HD, with room to spare.

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Of course a new movie released in HD today will also look better than say a 1950 movie remastered due to the quality of the film used at the time and degradation over the years on the old film.

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LivingForever

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Yep, as already discussed, 35mm film has much higher resolution than HD Video, so films look superb in HD and have the potential to be transferred to much higher resolution HD video that might be around in years to come...

"Super Double Plus Good HD", anyone?

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  • Jul 30, 2007
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Just cancelled my SKY Movies... never found anything on there I wanted to see. Just get the HD-DVD or BD now Sky Movies HD -Is it?? (2)

May go back once all the bugs are ironed out.

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  • Jul 30, 2007
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If you can find something you want to watch on Sky Movies, then yes it is worth the extra for HD in my view. The more recent films such as Lord of War, King Kong and animation such as Valiant, Ice Age 2 and Magic Roundabout have been stunning. Much older films have the ability to be remastered/upscaled/processed to provide the "HD" experience. However, given the storage and quality of some of the orginal film you get varied results.

For example, Star Wars A new hope is stunning in HD I think but Terminator was poor.

Newer films filmed iwth HD cameras will obviously offer the best experience.

In all honestly you will probably find yourself tuning in for new titles anyway, not re-runs of 1970s films. So, if you are paying £10 for HD then just pay a few quid extra and get the movies too.

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Yes, some older movies do have to undergo some restoration but after that has been done then the quality is as good as anything filmed today.

You only have to look at the quality of the HD broadcast of laurence of arabia to see a great example of a stunning transfer.

Conversely, you also get some shockingly poor transfers done on modern movies.

When they scan 35mm film in order to apply digital special effects they have to do it at roughly 4000x3000 resolution in order to capture all the detail available. This far exceeds the capabilities of HDTV or HD cameras.

Movies shot for the cinema never have and never will need to be upscaled to be broadcast in HD, and I would be surprised if movies shot on HD Cam was better quality than 35mm. Can anyone tell me what Miami Vice was like at the cinema?

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