Originally Posted by Mike Frezon
Thanks for drawing the distinction between your rather close and intimate relationship with My Fair Lady and explaining all the criticisms you have about the upcoming release.
Yet you give it a "Recommended" (which I understand). But I think it might be helpful for those of us wondering about this purchase if you might be able to explain what is it about the release that helps it receive your stamp of approval. What DO you like?
Perhaps some comments comparing this Blu-ray to the most recent DVD release which many of us have.
A fair and interesting question. What seems to be occurring in the Blu-ray community, is a problem that signals the end of quality classic films on Blu-ray.
A reasonable percentage of copyright owners seem to be seeking the cache of what Blu-ray can offer in terms of quality as an attempt at sales, but less the quality. But some are unwilling to go the extra step that the abilities of the Blu-ray platform demand. The final result is an image that replicates a film in a warts and all manner, as opposed to the way that it can be seen if work is performed properly.
There's more going on however. With some of the studios cutting corners, using old masters and not allowing the best people at vendors to perform the work, it places vendors in a poor position. It appears that Technicolor may have performed the work on My Fair Lady. At least they are noted on the packaging. What seems to be occurring here, is that the vendor, whomever it may be, is doing the bidding of the owner, and simply pushing data through a system with no real concern for quality.
I have no idea who might have worked on this project, and why a myriad of other problems have not been dealt with, but the final result is of quality that will be perceived by the lowest common denominator of Blu-ray audience, as "good enough."
Hence my recommended.
This is all a part of a tendency to release classics on Blu-ray, as long as the work is easy and economical, and the costs are covered with immediacy.
The reality of the situation, is that costs to properly bring a film to Blu-ray, unless a quality timed element is available for a reasonably one-lite transfer, are not covered in the first few months of release, whether or not income from cable, free TV, etc is all a part of the mix.
The pity with My Fair Lady is that all costs would
have been covered in the initial release of a Blu-ray, and that the lack of overall quality is simple shortsightedness on the part of CBS.
While this is not the My Fair Lady that Jack Warner or George Cukor would have wished to be seen on Blu-ray, it fits into that "good enough" category.
And all of it's warts aside, it will thrill most viewers.
Quality seems to matter less, and expectations should only be high when a production is being ported over from DI files, or possibly coming from the likes of Sony, Fox, Criterion or Blue Underground. All other releases need to be examined on a case by case basis.
A pity, but unfortunately, the state of affairs at this time.
And that is why My Fair Lady on Blu-ray is "good enough," and hence is Recommended for the general public.
You ask what I like.
Not much. There is very little here that is correct, and once the field problem rears its head, it does not go away.