Originally Posted by John Morgan
This is a terribly frustrating release. Too bad they couldn’t have done a third version that was sort of in the middle of the restored and raw.
I am no expert on presenting these old films with iffy elements on BluRay, but the restored version looks like what stills look like if I try to correct them with my small photoshop program and hit the Auto Smart Fix button. It usually screws things up more. And I have more luck if I individually correct elements by eye.
The sound for the raw version is just that, scratchy sound, all kinds of ticks and bumps in the track and a fairly high hiss level. The restored version cleans it up considerably and I think an improvement.
The picture on the raw version has a lot more detail, but is filled with scratches, markings, missing frames, etc. The restored version improves that part of picture, but with the clean-up, we get smeary picture, poorer contrast, and lack of a certain kind of sharpness.
But it does show me what the extremes look like and with imagination, I can see a pretty decent presentation. But if I have to use my imagination, I guess I should go read a book.
what i had hoped for was going to be the best possible release version, didnt happen, well thankfuly the raw version is on there as well, i know it in the PD, but come on where is the effort to do it right. For those intrested there is another PD title from the same era, that shows what a release like this could have been, and that would be The Most Dangerous Game from Flickeralley, had that level of work ben done to get this right, i think we would all have been pleased.