Scott saw the re-release of 2001: Space Odyssey on 70mm yesterday to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Scott says that the release was shepherded by director Christopher Nolan. Back in 1999, MGM took the original camera negative and made an "interpolative," which Christopher Nolan then took and made new prints from. It wasn't restored, but it's a high quality, high resolution 70mm quality.
Scott says that when deciding between a smart TV or a TV with a Roku Box. The Roku is easier to update and expand. You can add some apps to your TV, but updates really are few and far between. Leo agrees. He prefers just a monitor and lets the streaming box like Roku handle all the content.
Best Buy is also having a killer one day sale today, and you can get a new 4K TV for under $400.
With summer coming, it's a great time to think about having an outdoor cinema experience with a projector. Projectors give you that immersive, cinematic experience, but everything needs to be dark in order to enjoy it like you do at a movie. Nighttime screenings in the backyard are great for that. But indoors, that's where things get different. Ambient light can really affect projectors. Also, you need a "short throw" projector in most rooms in order to get a large enough image on the wall. A good ambient light rejecting screen is also important.
Scott saw Avengers: Infinity War this week. Scott says it's long at 2 1/2 hours, but it's a great popcorn movie. Marvel brought together over 78 characters from across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scott thought it was fairly "one note," emotionally, but that seeing it in Dolby Cinema really made the image "pop." The sound was great. He saw it in 2.35:1 aspect ratio, while IMAX is taller at 1.9:1. So Scott says that if you see it in IMAX, you'll see more of the image information.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how Vinyl records are making a comeback. Over 14 million vinyl records were sold last year, a 9% increase and over 12% growth over the last decade. He saw a news item about a company in Austria that has created a new way to make records. Scott says a ceramic stamper is able to make the same record from the first to 10,000th pressing, making it less frequent to replace it. There's also a new format called HD Vinyl, which claims to expand dynamic range of a recording by 30%.
There's talk that Apple has bought a MicroLED display company called MicroView. Some think that indicates they're going to make a TV, but MicroView tends to mean that they are going to bring those screens to mobile phones or even the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch displays 320 dpi, but Scott has heard of breakthroughs to 1600 dpi. If you get to the point that you can't see the dot, then it becomes pointless to get any sharper. Leo says that the reason to get DPI that high is for Virtual Reality, and that really may be what Apple is up to.
Scott says he's looking forward to Ready Player One because it should look fabulous in Dolby Vision.
Scott also recently saw A Wrinkle in Time, and discovered that many theaters aren't showing it at the Dolby Cinema theater, because they're keeping Black Panther showing in the best possible format. But Scott says that it was a "visual feast." A beautiful looking film.
Scott says that Best Buy is removing CDs from their inventory now, and Leo says that more brick and mortars are doing that since optical media is on its way out. This week, though, the conversation is about home theater speakers. What speakers should you get to make the most out of the home theater experience? Scott says that you can measure how accurately a speaker replicates the sound on a presentation, but it doesn't include the effect of a room's acoustics. So even the most accurate measurement isn't really all that accurate.
Scott saw Marvel's latest super hero film Black Panther at a Dolby Vision theater this week and it was amazing. Currently, there are only about 100 Dolby Vision theaters in the US (33 in LA), but it's definitely worth the money to see it. The HDR and Atmos sound is fabulous, and it just enhances how good the story is. Check out Scott's review at avsforum.com here. What surprised Scott though, is that while Black Panther was amazing in Dolby Vision, Star Wars: The Last Jedi wasn't.