Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet
The real problem with Criterion isn't their choice of disc-playback hardware, it's been their choice of *monitors*.
Watching a 1080p Blu-ray Disc, via any player on the market, from a viewing angle of 2 screen-widths or greater on a small 1080p plasma or CRT isn't going to reveal the Halmark problems of Criterion DVDs: Edge-Enhancement and lack of fine detail.
Crtierion needs to get with the program and get a 1080p front-projection system where they can critically evaluate detail/resolution issues from a screen with of 1.25 or wider to ensure that their masters are as transparent as possible.
Then, use CRT to evaluate black level and contrast as a separate exercise. Using small CRT displays as the overall evaluation tool is useless when you're trying to replicate theatrical viewing angles in the home from, what could be, a visually transparent 1080p medium.
Have you read the article from Sound and Vision? They have a snazzy new Samsung SP-A800B projector and 110"(?) screen. The projector is supposed to have a fantastic lens to show fine detail. In fact in the article it talked about how they are watching movies in the screening room during the mastering process because it is better than their CRT's.