Alright, time for another one of these.  This post was inspired by an experience I had yesterday.  As many of you know, Star Trek was released Tuesday on DVD and Blu-Ray.  Having adored the movie in theaters (I saw it about eight times), I immediately went out and purchased the DVD version of the film. 


The next day, I went over to my friends house to chill and play a little Modern Warfare.  Not long into this "chill sesh", I mentioned that I had bought Star Trek, and brought it with me.  Since he hadn't seen it in theaters, he was more than willing to watch it.  His PS3 being the closest movie playing device to us, we popped in the movie and hit play.  It only took a few seconds for me to realize that something was terribly, terribly wrong.  The film quality was definitely "better", I guess is the word, but it was moving altogether too quickly and smoothly.  Those may sound like good traits, but I assure you this was different.

Then I remembered an event a couple of years back, before I owned a PS3, at Best Buy.  We were shopping for some cheap DVD's, and I noticed a PS3 playing a screener on a loop.  This screener was showing off a demonstration of Blu-Ray quality in comparison to regular DVD's.  While it certainly looked cleaner and brighter, the action on screen moved a little too fast.  This was especially noticeable in the presence of the redular DVD running right next to it.  It wasn't normal, and gave the film the appearance of the unedited dailies that directors receive at the end of every filming day.


At the time I didn't realize what the technical problem was, but after the Star Trek event, I finally figured it out.  Video games are generally run at a speed of 60 frames per second.  Movies, after they have been edited and tweaked, run at 24 frames per second.  As one can tell when watching movies, the movements of the characters on screen are significantly slower and less "Home video" than those of real life, and why, even if you've just bought an extremely expensive film camera, the initial quality will feel a bit home made.

What was happening the other night was, the PS3, while it is a Blu-Ray player, is also a game system, and as such, was running Star Trek at 60 frames per second.  Couple that with the fact that the PS3 removes some of the darkness and "mistyness" of the film, and you have something that just doesn't look right.  While my friend was still able to enjoy the film, I found the entire experience distracting and disappointing.  Has anyone else noticed this sort of thing, or is it just me?

Also, does it bother anyone else that these Blu-Ray demonstrations clearly exaggerate and enhance the bluriness of regular DVD's?  If your product is really that great, let it speak for itself.