What's the difference between Blu-ray and DVD formats for watching movies at home?

Each month Eumundi World Cinema adds the three candidate films for the previous month to its library - members can borrow films by dropping in to see Elfi @ Nest in the Old Bakery.  There is no charge for borrowing a film.

Whenever possible, EWC sources its films on Blu-Ray disks because they provide the best viewing experience.  If a film isn’t available on Blu-Ray, then we buy it on DVD.

Some time ago we all owned black and white Standard Definition televisions; these displayed a picture arranged as 720 pixels (i.e. dots) across the screen and 576 pixels down the screen.  These screens used a square aspect ratio called "4:3", and the picture was comprised of a total of 414,720 pixels.  Then widescreen televisions appeared as a precursor to High Definition digital TV.  They’re arranged as 1920 pixels across and 1080 pixels down and the picture is comprised of a total of 2,073,600 pixels.  The images are displayed in a rectangular aspect ratio called "16:9".

A quick bit of mental arithmetic shows that a High Definition picture has 5 times as many pixels as a Standard Definition one which is why films shown in High Definition look so much better.  The more pixels that are available to represent the image, the sharper it will appear, especially when the image contains some movement.

Many of us also own a DVD player that we use in conjunction with our widescreen televisions and generally we’re pretty happy with how the pictures look.  But it’s important to understand that DVDs only store their content (say, a film) in Standard Definition.  In other words, you might be watching the film on a widescreen High Definition television, but the DVD only has enough pixels to fill an old Standard Definition-sized screen.  But rather than forcing you to watch the film in a small box in the middle of the widescreen, the DVD player stretches the image to fill the entire screen. Unfortunately, the process of stretching the SD image to fill an HD-sized screen makes it less sharp. 

Blu-Ray disks were invented specifically to accommodate High Definition content which is too large to fit on a DVD.  A typical DVD has a capacity of 4.7 GB while a Blu-Ray can store 25 GB.  In other words, there’s nearly six times as much space on the Blu-Ray which allows a film to be stored at a very high resolution .  The result is a pristine image because the player doesn’t have to stretch the image to fill the screen, as happens with DVDs.

So it’s fair to say that DVDs are an old technology that was paired with Standard Definition 4:3 aspect ration televisions while Blu-Rays are the latest technology that’s been developed to be paired with widescreen High Definition sets.

If you browse the website for your preferred home electronics store, you’ll find that you can buy a good Blu-Ray player for less than $70.  What’s more, the Blu-Ray player will still be able to play your existing collection of audio CDs and DVDs.

If talk of numbers of pixels and aspect ratios isn’t your scene, then this diagram shows you the difference between a SD picture (tinted red), a part HD picture (tinted blue) and a full-sized HD picture (in full colour).  I think that it shows quite nicely why a film stored on a High Definition Blu-Ray disk will look outstanding when compared to its DVD counterpart.

 

 

 

How do I join Eumundi World Cinema?

To join Eumundi World Cinema simply download and complete a Member Application Form or complete online here.  Once you have submitted your application and paid your joining fee, your membership of Eumundi World Cinema will be confirmed.

Can I just come along without joining?

Yes, you can join us at any of our events as a Guest.  We won't charge you for the movie (it's a condition of our licence with the film distributors as we are a film society) however we will provide you with a delicious themed two course supper (entre, dessert) with coffee, tea (and sometimes a special brew from the chef) and home made biscuits for $20.  BYO drinks.  That way you can try us out first and if you like what you see, then join when you are ready to commit to an annual membership.

What does it cost to be a member?

New membership joining fee is $80 per person in 2015 and is an annual subscription renewable in January.

Existing members renewing in 2015 can renew for $60 (2014 subscription price).  

We also have a Mini-Me Movie membership category for $50 where you can choose any six movies throughout 2015.

What does my membership entitle me to?

Full membership of Eumundi World Cinema entitles you to attend 11 events from February through to December 2015 - unless you choose a Mini-Me Movie membership which entitles you to 6 events of your choice. Each event includes a main feature, two movie shorts (time permitting) and the opportunity to vote for next month's main feature. You will also have the opportunity to review each movie on our website and receive newsletters and emails about upcoming events.

Are there any additional costs?

The only additional cost is a $10 donation at each screening for a delicious supper, which includes a tasting plate, dessert, tea & coffee with (if we are really lucky) home made biscuits from our fabulous 10 star (our rating) cinema chefs Johnjon Hutcheon and Mark.  The food is themed to the movie and is served prior to the screening and at interval.

Where is the event held each month?

 

The venue for monthly screenings is at: 

Eumundi Arts Theatre

Cnr Memorial Drive and Pacey Street

Eumundi Q 4562 

 

 

 

Can I bring my own chair?

The lovely people at Eumundi School of Arts have give us the ok to bring our own chairs.  So if you have a comfy directors chair or picnic chair that you enjoy lounging around in, please feel free to bring it along and position it right where you can see the movie.

Are you licenced?

We don't serve alcohol but you can bring your own beverage of choice, glasses and an ice bucket and set it up by your seat to enjoy throughout the movie.  The only thing we ask is that you drink responsibly and keep the noise down when leaving the venue.

Who is the 'face' on your posters and website?

Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson

It's Gloria Swanson, an American actress, singer and producer, who is best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star, in the critically acclaimed film Sunset Boulevard (1950).

She was one of the most prominent stars during the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille, making dozens of silent films and being nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category. She also produced her own films like Sadie Thompson and The Love of Sunya.

In 1929, Swanson transitioned to talkies with The Trespasser. However, personal problems and changing tastes saw her popularity wane during the 1930s when she moved into theater and television. [Source: Wikipedia]

The photographer who took the image is Edward Steichen (1879-1973), a famous art photographer and painter, who accepted the job as chief photographer for Conde Nast publications in 1923,  doing fashion photography for Vogue and Vanity Fair. His work was recently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Can we know what's on the menu?

You will have to trust us on that one!  Part of the joy of delivering the designer food to complement the movie is the element of surprise.  We put a lot of thought into it, and try to keep it simple, tasty, healthy and a journey of it's own - just like the movie.  If you really want to know you can call, text or email us beforehand. We cater to healthy vegetarian food, however will occasionally serve a meat dish, but we will warn you first and have an alternative option available.