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"Randy A. Riddle" <"Randy A.Riddle">
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Mon, 3 Jul 1995 16:05:29 +0000
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>. . . i still want to know what, in principle, is lost when we
>watch a good laser disc issue of a film on a large screen in a darkened room
I have yet to see a laserdisc or video projection system that comes
close to a good, clean 16mm print for color clarity and detail.
"Streetcar Named Desire" comes to mind.  After seeing that film only
on video (on all sizes of TV screens and a projection system) for
years, the sets look like a real chaotic mess.  When I saw a 16mm print, I was
able to see the deliberate inclusion of props in the bric-a-brac of
the New Orleans apartment.  It certainly didn't change my reading of
the film, but did provide a unique experience that made the film seem
like more of a film, rather than a filmed play and gave me (the
viewer) a more well-rounded picture of the characters through seeing
the objects in their home.
Watching a great film on a video projection system for me, at least,
is like looking at a pixilated Ansel Adams photograph through a wire
mesh screen door.
With all the current manufacturing technology around, there's got to
be a way to decrease the cost of striking 16mm prints to make them
more widely available.  Coming up with a standard for stereo sound
that could be used on current mono and future stereo projectors would
help too.
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