Originally Posted by bigshot
I'm going to go out on a limb here. I'll bet five dollars that the image of the White Rabbit on the home page is not a frame grab from the bluray. It is quite a way off from the proper color balance, but all of the colors are off in the same direction so the relationships between the colors remain. The Disney blurays I've seen are all over the place and the relative relationships of groups of colors are always muddled.
To the previous point, why is a film look and accurate color presentation important to Night of the Hunter or American in Paris, but it isn't here?
You may not have noticed this but then again maybe you have, film companies are screwing with the colours, brightness, film look and contrast of many films when making blu ray transfers, indeed take a look at the recent Lethal Weapon release or even Alien/Aliens, all seem to have the new fangled orange/teal colour scheme and other subtle changes, sometimes the director has approved them but at other times you have to wonder, so it's not only animation suffering from a re-imagining of the filmed look.
I see this situation getting worse as older film preservationists and fans die off and are replaced by the "younger" eighties/nineties technology buffs who think it's ok to change things, ok to take out film grain as surely people want a cleaner smooth look to their HD images. ( unfortunately i am coming to the conclusion that many do want that look )
The future of classic films does not look good to me, i'm talking for the average film now and not the "big name" classics which will maybe always get extra care and attention.
I always call feature length animated titles, animated films, some people just see them as cartoons, thats maybe an additional problem, i so wish film studio's would look after their heritage but it's just not happening, at least not on many blu ray transfers, alterations are now all the rage, not many people talk about sound remixing but how many times does an eighties or older film get a 5.1 remix and they don't bother giving us the original sound in lossless form, be that a 1.0 mono track or a 2.0 track, that's an annoying thing but it's been going on for some time now and started with DVD releases.
I honestly thought blu ray would be the ultimate format, i bought a projector and view on the largest screen i can fit in a dedicated room, i take the time to calibrate everything and that includes the audio side of things but the studio's push altered versions on us, 5.1 soundtracks with exaggerated bass response or "louder" soundtracks to fool us into thinking it's all better, all too common with blu ray, the future is supposed to be digital downloads, well that's going to see more compression, heavier DNR to make things smoother and thus encoding easier and worse quality, i hope digital downloads does not take off and we get a new 4K home format. ( 7 or 8 years from now )
It's good to see people speaking out against these things but my fear is that the younger generation who are going to be in charge of the studio's don't care and they are most certainly the future, therefore if you are a real film fan then the future is not looking good.
Universal catalog releases have been especially poor of late, in fact i don't bother with most of their releases anymore, maybe i should do the same with Disney animation but they put them in that damn vault for so many years so i always feel i need to grab them.