I decided to view two movies on both VHS and DVD. I don't have access to streaming so will leave that for others who can do this.
I watched each movie ( Jungle Book and Snow White ) simultaneously on VHS and DVD. Switching back and forth to compare their relative qualities.
The VHS versions were obviously poorer in terms of picture quality. Kind of scratchy and less defined. Whereas, as you'd expect, the enhanced DVD version was superb in terms of picture definition and colour.
What was noticeable was that the old VHS version displayed more information at the top and bottom of the screen. One scene from The Jungle Book , where Baloo floats down river on his back, had a marked difference.
In the cleaned up widescreen DVD we only see monkeys' arms reaching down from the trees trying to take Mowgli whereas on the VHS format we get to see the whole of the monkeys' bodies making it far more enjoyable experience.
In addition to that missed information on the DVD I also felt that the scratchy images on the VHS were far closer to how I remember experiencing these movies in the cinema.
Maybe it's a generational thing although I certainly like the the digitally enhanced versions. However,for me, perhaps they are just too clean. Too perfect. I think overall that I prefer the older format with some scratches and jumps.
I'm sure that it's not beyond technology to find a happy medium between the two formats or maybe to put both on the same DVD.
Having not seen the streamed versions it may be that they have already addressed this issue.
Only you guys can tell me that.
Anyway what are your thoughts ? Original film format or cleaned up enhanced format ?
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