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In The Good Old Summertime - another outstanding Technicolor transfer by WB
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Posted July 18 2004 - 11:05 AM
Finally got around to viewing this last night. Seems to have that "Ultra-Resolution Process" that was given to Meet Me in St. Louis, though no mention of it anywhere or in the cover description. Whatever, highly recommended here! Wow, another amazing Technicolor transfer by Warners!
Posted July 18 2004 - 11:07 AM
I actually didn't like the transfer....it was overly dark and had a greenish tint to it that wasn't there in earlier vhs incarnations. And the opening credits sequence looks horrendous, with DVNR artifacts and really ugly compression.
Posted July 18 2004 - 12:25 PM
It definitely wasn't given an "Ultra-Resolution" transfer, because Warner Bros. (rightly) makes a big deal when they do use that process. I do agree though that it is a gorgeous looking DVD, a huge improvement from the laserdisc....and a delightful film, too!
Posted July 18 2004 - 01:31 PM
I feel Warner’s should revisit “Singin’ In The Rain” --and not use the "Ultra-Resolution" process this time around.... since much of the Technicolor warmth is missing from the new digital “restoration”. JW
Posted July 19 2004 - 02:33 AM
I'm with Brain on this one. It looked stunningly beautiful on my projection screen. Yes, the colors were a bit greenish or dark at times...but still a very film-like presentation with loads of natural image detail and absolutely no ringing or artificial EE contouring. I didn't notice any egregious noise like from DNR or compression...but I'll double check. I just remember that opening scene really impressing me with all that image detail. Scott, tell me about your video system (size image, DVD player, connection like 480I/P/DVI etc.). -dave
Posted July 19 2004 - 02:52 PM
Sure, SITR looks sharp, crisp, and stunning in this new digital "restoration", but it's far from a film-like presentation to my eye . Yet, for the money, and the lack of an original neg, WB did an OK job bring this film to DVD.....but it's not as great as the WB P.R. machine claims! JW
Posted July 19 2004 - 03:18 PM
I have a Pioneer 52" and a Panasonic 310........but I don't think it is my system...look at the credits....the lines in the letters are supposed to remain static but they dance the entire time...if you slo mo the picture, you can see that parts of the lines disappear every other frame....not normal.
Posted July 20 2004 - 12:35 PM
Even Meet Me In St. Louis (with URP) looked greenish or uneven at times, characteristic of Technicolor 3 strip film elements. I honestly think this looks just as good with my display and equipment (Pioneer Elite 510HD, Panasonic RP-91 prog.scan). The sound is nice too, though original mono, they did not give ITGOS the 5.1 treatment as MMISL. The credits I agree do waver, but I assume that was just due to digital restoration, for maybe not so good source material for the opening credits. Just look at the detail and the striped costumes, no video artifacting what so ever, smooth in detail and in color saturation. At least that is what I saw!
Posted July 21 2004 - 03:41 AM
They couldn't do 5.1 for Summertime as the original multitrack sessions no longer exist. Sadly, they could not clear the filmed number outtake "Last Night When We Were Young" that was on a laser box set.
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