Originally Posted by Robert Harris
The theatrical version cannot be restored as it needs very little true restorative work. An entity calling it "restored" would be incorrect.
I finally got to see the MGM-HD version of IAMMMMW that was broadcast on April 1st. That is from THE SAME HD master that the SD DVDs were originally made from, it's NOT a new master. While most of the transfer looks okay, for the most part, the titles STILL look like crap AND STILL HAVE THE WRONG COLORS. While I realize if you don't know what the proper color is you wouldn't be able to tell the difference, the wrong end title color alone changes the whole "feel" of the picture for me. The disolve from the hospital ward, which should be to a full light YELLOW screen (with a white "the end" in the middle) is now muddy orange/reddish brown.
And while I don't know what they made that HD master from, I'm virtually certain it wasn't made from ANYTHING CLOSE to any 65mm elements.
You are CERTAINLY RIGHT....calling it "restored" would be incorrect....to say the least. But they DO need to restore, at least, the main title, intermission snipe and end screen to reflect the proper colors. If they need a reference, I'd be glad to supply it.