It might be an issue with your TV or player. What type of player are you using? Some players don't convert PAL as well as others. APEX players are notorious for this.
Well, you've already heard me whine about my TV, so I'd suspect that first. My DVD player is a Sampo, which is notoriously crap, so that might be it, too.
However, Narshty and I were discussing this on another board; I believe he's in the UK, and he's the one that told me about the clipped "T" in the title card. (My shipment was already en route when he told me, so I couldn't un-order it.) That would rule out the possibility of it being a PAL conversion problem.
I would say that while the transfer is far from perfect, it didn't appear any where near as bad on my set-up as what you're saying. I don't think the extras would be an issue; I've seen more loaded discs that look just as fine or better.
As have I. But it all depends on who's working the console. I've been reading about how David Lynch and his engineers are deeply unhappy with the inability of the DVD format to do justice to their frame-by-frame restoration of Eraserhead
- and that's a director who has no
interest in extras. They said they tried all manner of compression options, and none of them made them happy.
And on the other hand, the Criterion Collection has more than a few amazing
transfers in their catalog, all of which defy the notion that compression means compromise: Written on the Wind, L'Avventura, Do the Right Thing
, just to name a few. If anyone's qualified to assemble the long, long overdue R1 disc of Ambersons
, it's them.
I'm surprised that you think the transfer is all right - what kind of TV/player set-up do you have, and do you use an S-video cable or the RCA plugs?