Originally Posted by Robert Harris
This really is not about HD transfers.
Chinatown is an important film, with extremely high IP value to the studio. It also needed to be properly archived, now that 4k technology is available.
The release of an important Blu-ray is a rationale toward proper preservation of assets. The HD master portion of that program is in the range of 35k or less. It should be a down-rez of that archival strategy, which is apparently not yet in place.
The need for the HD master should be the linch-pin toward proper preservation.
Let me see if I can crystalize this a bit.
While certain Blu-ray releases of less than A list titles (outside of new product) might be sourced from older transfers, it should be part of the overall release plan for important films to use that Blu-ray release as the jumping off point for proper archival preservation, and restoration, if necessary.
We now have the technology to harvest information from original elements, that should allow us to never again go back to those originals.
Do the work once, get it right, produce a stellar Blu-ray, and move on.
It couldn't be more simple, and it's less expensive in the long run that re-visiting, unless the concept is to have the public double and triple dip.
You finally got it! 2014 isn't far off from its 40th Anniversary.