Originally posted by: MeBeJedi
From the other thread:
"Oh, and the benefit from making the anamorphic is a higher quality... I know, this has been denied by many people, but you should consider that any possible compression artifacts get squeezed together (or only stretched horizontally, as opposed to a zoomed letterboxed image), and become teeny-tiny... well, at least less visible."
Expanding to anamorphic makes any visual glitches larger along with the rest of the picture, and they are still going to be compressed in the image - thus being especially visible on the widescreen image that they are intended to be shown on.
Why don't you take a scene, maybe 5 minutes from any of the OT movies, capture it, run it through all the filters and color correction you feel is necessary and then encode it to MPEG-2. Then, transfer the same scene again, crop out the black bars as necessary for the AR, run the video through whatever filters and color correction necessary, keeping in mind that these filters, etc. may be slightly different with anamorphic video in mind, then encode this version as a 16x9, anamorphic widescreen MPEG-2, create a DVD with both transfers and then compare the scenes on a Widescreen TV using Component Video Cables.
Make sure to zoom in on the video using both transfers and decide for yourself.
This topic comes up a lot and many people look at bad Anamorphic transfers and point out the flaws in comparison to a more superior 4:3 letterboxed transfer. If you ask me, this is comparing apples and oranges because the transfers are never from the same authors. MeBeJedi, you have been doing a really great job of finding just the right filters and alternative editing software to make sure you get the best transfer possible. If you could put this same knowledge into creating two short transfers as mentioned above I think we and you would have a more definitive answer on what is possible and what is good.
The gauntlet has been thrown... okay, just kidding but I would love to see the results of such a test