Why do some movies looks worse in HD?
August 30, 2010 10:34 AM Subscribe
Why does avatar look so much WORSE on nice HD TVs?
posted by Telf to technology (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I was walking in a mall today, where the had a large display of very nice hi-definition LCD, OLED(?), Dilithium Crystal, Flux Capacitor, Dark Matter, Plasma, other various flat screens, and even some 3D displays.
All the TVs were showing the movie Avatar.
I couldn't believe how crisp some of the more expensive TVs were, but more noticeably, I couldn't believe how terrible the movie looked.
All the scenes looked incredibly fake. The CGI stood out against the live actors, and many of the previously beautiful scenes were now obviously shot in a studio and not outside.
Most glaringly, the pacing seemed off. The action appeared to be happening too fast, like everything was subtly sped up.
Can someone explain this sped up effect to me? Something a bit more technical than, "In HD you notice the little details more". Because this pacing effect was more extreme than just seeing the makeup or acne on an actor. It was actually quite jarring.
If it helps, these were all Philips TVs being displayed.