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Any other 35mm screens seeing this? 02 Aug 2011 02:55 #36773

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Recently, we noticed that our print of Cars 2 was fuzzy. No matter what we did, we couldn't get a crisp picture. We had a second copy delivered and had the same issue. We noticed the same when we ran Zookeeper. Even after ordering a new scope lens, we couldn't get an improvement. Then we brought back Rio for a special promotion. This was a scope print we'd played at the beginning of the summer. The focus was crystal clear on this. Anyone else seeing this issue with print quality lately? I have my theories as to why, but wondered if this was a common problem for other theaters.
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Re: Any other 35mm screens seeing this? 06 Aug 2011 23:54 #36819

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I've seen this, but have no idea why it happens. I've only noticed it on animated films. It really shows on a trailer pack, when you have live-action stuff around the animated. Everything is very soft. It looks a lot like the TV network's technique of softening the focus on their 90 year-old anchors to make them look less scary. :P

Maybe this is some kind of advanced "anti pixellation" technique... ?
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Re: Any other 35mm screens seeing this? 07 Aug 2011 14:42 #36822

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And then maybe it's part of a conspiracy to force everyone into digital.
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Re: Any other 35mm screens seeing this? 08 Aug 2011 01:04 #36823

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So let's sum it all up:
1. The studios are purposely making poor film prints of cartoons in order to force exhibitors to go digital. It certainly isn't the fact that digital animation looks better via digital projection.
2. Carbon arcs are or should come back.
3. R rated movies are the work of the devil.
4. Film is going to continue to be made for the small operator.
5. A a Smurfs movie will beat a Harrison Ford movie.

I don't believe any of this.

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Re: Any other 35mm screens seeing this? 14 Aug 2011 23:58 #36836

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I was in a theater I book a few weeks back and the print of "Midnight In Paris" was very soft.We tried like crazy to sharpen. I do believe studios are using a cheaper stock perhaps the same they have used on trailers for years.
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Re: Any other 35mm screens seeing this? 16 Aug 2011 19:11 #36837

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I'm now playing Cars 2. It's in it's 2nd week and doing very well. Third best BO gross this year. Tangled holds 2nd place, but first place went to a picture that I never expected to do so well... Mr. Poppers Penguins. You just never know.

Well, back to topic... my Cars 2 print is soft as well. There is nothing I can do to get it sharpe. I've been playing BridesMaids behind it for late shows and it is crystal clear, and they are both Scope. This isn't anything new though, as I have experienced this many times over the years. Once, years ago I too went out and bought new lenses only to find out that it didn't make a difference. Some prints are sharpe and others are not. It's beyond our control.

Is it a conspiracy to get us to change to digital, I doubt it, but who knows?
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