While I had the brief pleasure of meeting Mr. Selznick around 1961, I have no idea if he and company would be "overjoyed." I do however, believe that, as a brilliant showman, he would have been appreciative for the major efforts spent in bring his work to Blu-ray. I have been told than Daniel Selznick, who speaks for the family, is very pleased.
As to a 1939 audience, I believe you're skating on the proverbial thin ice. My vote would go with what D.O.S. created in 1939 for that specific audience, and it would be inappropriate for either you or I to speak to something we know little or nothing about. The original 1939 prints served a specific purpose in the early days of three-strip Technicolor seven decades ago. I believe we should let history and the many Academy Awards speak for themselves. 1939 audiences were thrilled, and needed no changes or help from those who at that time... did not exist.
Originally Posted by Eric Scott Richard
I'm a purist, but I must confess without sounding too blunt that after seeing this new revelation, I'm not concerned whether they used an answer print or not. The film is lush, yet has that antique look to it. It has something for everyone. I'm sure D.O.S. and company would be overjoyed if they were around to experience it. 1939 audiences would have been lucky as well.
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did." T.E. Lawrence