Originally Posted by cafink
I have no idea what you're talking about. I have no problem with you personally. It's not about YOU. I just found one particular thing you said (that you were "shaking your head" at those who disagreed with your opinion about the best way to present Fantasia) a bit condescending. Why would you "find it surprising" that someone--and on the HTF, of all places--would value Fantasia's original narration? Yes, retaining that narration would entail some compromise. We all recognize that there is no perfect solution to presenting Fantasia on Blu-ray. I simply don't think that justifies "shaking your head" at those who prefer a different compromise than you do. I apologize if I misunderstood your point, but I don't think I did, because you continue to defend one particular alteration as acceptable, while reviling those who prefer a different alteration. It would be one thing if Fantasia could be presented in its original roadshow version with no alteration whatsoever. Unfortunately, that's not possible. So why can't people have different opinions about the best way of presenting it without you shaking your head at their opinions?
Because to chop bits of film out to reduce it from it's original running time in my opinion not only goes against what I understand film restoration and it's goals, but also sets an incredibly dangerous precedent. On a forum that ballyhoos OAR and all that, to willingly cut sections of a movie that don't need to be when there is a working compromise is something to shake my head at. People are more than welcome to that opinion, and more power to you, but don't expect me to give you or anyone a pat on the back for something that I don't think is right for film or film fandom.
Check out the history of films like "Metropolis" where people dedicated years out of their lives in an attempt to restore it. To willingly chose to kill footage just because it's a bit wonky from what it should be seems like a real slap in the face to the restorers trying to reclaim lost films.
Criticize the efforts? Please do. Tell them to do a better job, make it less obvious, tell them you don't like this dub (which I believe you yourself have been doing), but please don't tell them to cut out or reduce the films from the original intent.
So yeah, when I read:
"I'm saying that the segments for which original audio no longer existed shouldn't have been put back in. In other words, just release the post-roadshow version with Taylor's own voice intact."
I shook my head since I've never encountered a suggestion such as this that I can recall on the boards. I also rolled my eyes while doing it. I frankly find it a dumb and dangerous suggestion. So deal with it.