This is quite intriguing, but very hard to make a valid opinion thereof: Matte/gloss finishes? How does one determine these variables on even a remotely objective basis?
Exactly the same way one looks at screen caps taken by someone else on a computer monitor and compares them to the memory of a past event.
In all seriousness, though, we are talking something that is textural in nature. It's not difficult to look at two surfaces of a ship's hull, for example, that are presented in the same frame and tell a high gloss paint finish from a flat or matte finish. It's very clear on the BFI. So much so that I found myself freezing the image several times just to observe the effect.
Could you care to elaborate a bit, or better still - provide screen caps as to highlight your points?
While my computer skills are quite good compared to most 61-year-olds and I've even built a few PCs back when I was on a Windows platform, screen caps are beyond my ken (and my interest), I fear. It seems of late that some rather broad sweeping statements (and I'm not referring to this discussion) have been made based on screen caps with little concern that caps made by different people from different systems (software, video cards, etc) may not be directly comparable. I'd rather not contribute to that burgeoning hysteria, even if I could make the caps. As I've said before, these discussions are beginning to remind me of the nattering of neurotic audiophiles from back in the '70s.
I'm sure that there are so many people apart from me who needs to be really convinced if it's worth the while to triple-dip regarding this title. Sure, I know the Criterion is not released, but I feel confident you get my basic ideas.
Alas, it's not my job to do the convincing, Even if it were in my job description, there's little to be done until Criterion actually releases their BD. I consider the BFI Il Deserto Rosso
to be a demo disk of what Blu-ray can do, much like the BD of Cy Enfield's Zulu
. Now it's possible I don't know shit from Shinola or I could be the most perceptive dude you've run across on the Internet. You'll just have to actually view the BFI for yourself and decide.
EDIT: Sorry if I come across as a bit snippy, but I am truly wearying of these discussions. Most - but not all - get started by folks who have not seen the DVD/BD in question. When the discussion centers on what may be minor attributes that could vary quite a bit depending on the viewing environment and associated equipment, I really think it has to get down to seeing the film in motion on your set-up. Screen caps and Internet evaluations are useful at the level of gross problems and errors, but fall apart completely IMO when we get to finer gradations, which is what we have here.