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#1 of 4 Yorkshire

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Posted October 23 2011 - 10:12 PM

We've seen stickers and comments on Blu-ray Discs saying that they contain a 'Director Approved Transfers', or some similar wording. There's recently been discussion about the new Blu-ray Disc of Pulp Fiction - a release which says QT approved the transfer, but which some people don't like the look of. They argue that a director can create a transfer, but that all sorts of naughty things can be done to that transfer before we get the Blu-ray Disc, to the extent that 'Director Approved Transfer' doesn't really mean anything at all, at least in relation to how the Blu-ray Disc looks. Obviously, I understand that you can't comment on individual releases (other than the ones you've worked on personally), but do you have any knowledge as to what is standard practice? Are most directors happy that the Blu-ray Disc looks like the transfer they approved? Is it normal for studios to tamper with the look of a transfer after a director has approved it? Many thanks. Steve W
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#2 of 4 Robert Harris

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Posted November 04 2011 - 01:21 AM



Originally Posted by Yorkshire 

We've seen stickers and comments on Blu-ray Discs saying that they contain a 'Director Approved Transfers', or some similar wording.
There's recently been discussion about the new Blu-ray Disc of Pulp Fiction - a release which says QT approved the transfer, but which some people don't like the look of.
They argue that a director can create a transfer, but that all sorts of naughty things can be done to that transfer before we get the Blu-ray Disc, to the extent that 'Director Approved Transfer' doesn't really mean anything at all, at least in relation to how the Blu-ray Disc looks.
Obviously, I understand that you can't comment on individual releases (other than the ones you've worked on personally), but do you have any knowledge as to what is standard practice?
Are most directors happy that the Blu-ray Disc looks like the transfer they approved? Is it normal for studios to tamper with the look of a transfer after a director has approved it?
Many thanks.
Steve W



Much of this is dependent upon when the director "approved" the transfer.


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#3 of 4 Yorkshire

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Posted November 07 2011 - 01:14 AM

Many thanks. Please feel free to expand on what you feel is normal practice. Steve W
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#4 of 4 Stan

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Posted February 10 2012 - 09:08 PM

James Cameron seems to be the best for approved transfers. I think it;s wonderful, rather than just let a studio transfer a print as they see fit.. He's involved, and knows how he wants it to look. Being as successful as his films have been, he probably does have final say on most things, DVDs and BluRays included. Just watched a Quentin Tarintono film having something do to with Zombies. The quality was pathetidc so his "approved transfer" would probably just involved running a disc over with a truck and using that as his master for all others to be made from. Never understood the hype about him. Lousy stories for the most part and him playing actors in his own films really brings them down. Not so much that it's him, but he can't act and completely ruins any scene he's in.. Why not a quick, subtle cameo like Hitchcock did, very classy. Sorry to hijack this into a QT thread, but the words just kept flowing.
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