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Old 09-03-2008, 18:48   #1
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Zulu on Sky HD

Before I start I'd just like to say that I'm not sure where this post should go. Yes, it's about Zulu (and so is a film), but it's shown on Sky HD (which is on TV), so if there's any Moderators reading this, don't have a go!

Now on with what I have to say............

I have just watched the re-mastered showing of Zulu on Sky Movies HD, and I have to say - WOW!

I have never seen a print of a film so old look so, so good! I've seen films today that don't even come close to looking this good. If anyone has the re-mastered DVD's of the old James Bond films you'll know what I'm talking about.

I honestly have never seen a print this good. My jaw actually dropped!

I don't know how much it must have cost Sky to get Paramount Pictures to completely restore the print, but it was clearly worth every singe penny.

This is the first time I have seen Zulu because I was waiting to see a decent presentation of it, and both Sky and Paramount have done a fantastic job.

I hope Sky makes this a regular thing - I'd like to see more films completely cleaned, restored and re-mastered from scratch and shown in HD more often.

If, like me, you haven't yet seen Zulu, or even if you have, then I VERY HIGHLY advise everyone to see it on Sky HD. You really haven't seen it until you've seen it like this. The cleanest and sharpest print I have ever seen.

Something like this is a film and HD lovers dream!

Anyone else aggree?

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Old 09-03-2008, 19:06   #2
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Stunning.

One wonders whether any disc based format can better it!
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Old 09-03-2008, 19:22   #3
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It's a shame, then, that the clip Sky are using to promo it (at least, on the SD channels) is nearly sub-VHS quality. Seriously.
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Old 09-03-2008, 19:40   #4
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I would imagine that most of what sky has said is marketing hype. Zulu and the italian job would have been mastered in HD for the dvd releases that have occured over the last few years, both of which looked stunning for their age, I can't see Paramount having to do much, if anything, except duplicate a copy of the pre-exisiting HD master onto a media that sky could use to broadcast....

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Managed to watch the first 15mins last night on Anytime and it is indeed a very good transfer!

Trouble is, it's a film where the story and characters are so engaging you soon forget to "watch the picture"
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Trouble is, it's a film where the story and characters are so engaging you soon forget to "watch the picture"
Isn't that what the Movie experience is SUPPOSED to be about? If all you're going to do is look & "watch the picture" (How "GOOD" it looks)
then I'd rather look at a beautiful painting.

"Zulu" is one of my ATF movies. I'd really love a Blu-Ray release with the extras included!
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Old 14-03-2008, 00:36   #7
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I would imagine that most of what sky has said is marketing hype. Zulu and the italian job would have been mastered in HD for the dvd releases that have occured over the last few years, both of which looked stunning for their age, I can't see Paramount having to do much, if anything, except duplicate a copy of the pre-exisiting HD master onto a media that sky could use to broadcast....

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The R2 'Zulu' dvd which was released a few months ago was surely taken from a high defintion master;it is so markedly improved over the first release from a few years ago.
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My point was that it's almost wasted in HD, because after watching for a while you totally forget the picture quality.
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Pixels. Thaaasands of 'em!
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Didn't SKY pay for the new transfers? They want more product for the HD channels and were surprised how little exists - especially for 'classic' British movies.
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It actually looked good in normal SD too....
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I recorded it, because I knew that Sky had remastered it in HD and was curious.

I haven't watched it all yet, but I'm in agreement the picture is really lovely, even my wife was impressed and normally she just looks at me funny and walks the other way. (TV or no TV)
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