The Beeb have played some good films this Christmas, thank goodness as I was singularly unimpressed with Christmas Carol and Dracula.
I thought I would compare the BBC offerings of ‘The Big Country’ (TBC), ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (TMS), two of my favourite Westerns, and ‘Raiders of the Lost Arc’ (ROTLA) to my DVD rips.
The BBC films are 720, whereas the DVD rips are SD.
The BBC films are AAC 48k stereo. DVD: TBC - DD Stereo, TMS - DD 5.1, ROTLA - DD 5.1.
The BBC picture quality is simply better. In the case of TBC and especially TMS the picture has been restored or sourced from a better master.
ROTLA is interesting in that while the picture quality is a tad better the DVD rip 5.1 soundtrack still makes it preferable to me, as the SD picture while slightly softer is still perfectly acceptable. I will be buying the Indiana Jones films on BR as and when I get round to it.