December 18, 2014 at 6:46PM
Is the Hobbit Mastered in 720?
I saw the first The Hobbit in a "world class IMAX" and was amazed at how bad the titles looked. The pixels were clearly visible. Now I did see it in 3D, so I'd assume that'd be half the vertical or horizontal resolution, but I chocked up the bad quality to just the fact that IMAX is basically a joke (recording and projecting 70mm film is great, but most IMAX don't use film it seems...)
Anyway, I saw Smaug at home and didn't notice the low quality assets.
Today, I watched The 5 Armies and noticed pixalated CG. Specifically in the shots looking into the tunnels that the big worms were digging. The orange glow of lights in the tunnel had clear pixels (not to mention someone for got to properly set the opacity on some rocks that covered the opening of one tunnel because they were partially clear, lol).
So what's the deal? Were one post house's effects mastered in a low resolution (I assume my local Cinemark uses 2K digital projectors)?
That being said, the elements that were shot with the Red Epic look fantastic!