Just want to set the record straight on the transfers for our Glitterbox release. Contrary to what DVD Beaver has reported in his never fact-checked review, both Caravaggio and Wittgenstein were down-converted to NTSC by the BFI for Zeitgeist from remastered HD sources (just like our Quay Shorts box). Blue and Angelic Conversation were indeed converted from PAL sources, which were the best masters available to us.
Fair enough on Blue
and The Angelic Conversation
, but the run time on DVD Beaver (unless it's incorrect) for Caravaggio
being the same for both the Zeitgeist and the BFI DVDs (no review of the BFI Wittgenstein
is posted, but the run-time posted in DVD Times' review of the BFI indicates that it's run-time is the same as the Zeitgeist DVD too) bear out Beaver's conclusion that Caravaggio
at least is from an unconverted PAL source (I'm pretty sure that down-conversion from HD to NTSC doesn't result in the same run-time as HD to PAL). At the very least, Beaver does point out ghosting/combing throughout the Zeitgeist Caravaggio
, so I think it's safe to say that something is awry on the part of the Zeitgeist transfers (although the degree to which this is the case is arguable I'm sure).
That's just the way I see things though, and I fully admit that I could be wrong, and to that end I'll leave it to others who are better informed on these matters to set the record straight. It isn't my desire to slander either Zeitgeist or Beaver, and I don't want to start a pissing match either; all I want to do is get to the bottom of the matter at hand. Juste's points below are all valid (to a degree), but in the case of this particular release it remains to be seen who's in the wrong (Beaver or Zeitgeist), I think.