To say that they have a record of making mistakes in this area and not correcting them is simply not true - not to my experience over the past 6 years of writing reviews on this website.
- Incorrectly formatted end credits on Back to the Future
- Missing music on The Last Starfighter
- Incorrectly filtered scene and missing music elements on Conan the Barbarian (though that seems to have been an earlier mix that they acquired)
- Editing mistake on The Blues Brothers theatrical cut
- Odd music editing and at least one missing music cue on Legend theatrical cut (though that may be the result of basing the 5.1 on the 70mm mix)
- Inexplicably using the 5.1 from the Special Edition of E.T. as the basis for the 7.1 on the Blu-ray (complete with sound effects that no longer correspond to anything) instead of the 5.1 that was used on the DVD of the original version (that may have been a creative decision, but I can't imagine why)
- Apparent incorrect formatting of the 2.1 audio track for Battlestar Galactica (haven't heard that one myself, so I can't confirm)
I know that's just seven titles, but it does make the QC department seem a little lax at times.
Maybe I'm overly sensitive to this sort of thing, but as a post-production professional, I understand how much time and effort goes into every little decision (such as the placement of music, or the specific appearance of the credits). And then, years later, to have something, even a small thing, noticeably changed by accident on the "version of record" (as far as the general public is concerned) would be frustrating, I think. And since Blu-ray is a format capable of reproducing a film so faithfully (unlike VHS, and certainly better than DVD or laserdisc), it's disappointing when things like this slip through.
I will say this for Universal, though; they do tend to retain the original, period-specific logos for their films, and that's commendable.
I took a look at my Starfighter DVD (25th anniv.) and yes indeed, that's quite a thing. I'm not surprised you got the same sort of line, since USHE seem pretty big on denial. One can save a lot of cash if one puts one's head in the sand. Interestingly (and damningly), the score is audible in the commentary at that point.
I see you mentioned the 5.1 on Goldfinger earlier, and I was just looking at those too; the 5.1 on Blu-ray does have the full version (though I'm not crazy about the impatience with which the restoration credits appear, even if they only step on what had been a blank screen). Actually, so do the French and Spanish tracks and both commentaries, which might be some consolation; in all but the 5.1, there is a small hiccup around the point the Blu mono fades, almost as if it had been cut originally and then extended as an afterthought. Hmm. I wonder if any film versions cut or faded there; I've certainly seen one with the entire ending (I noted the drums) - a fun item as that print was an early one that mentioned OHMSS being the next film.
That hiccup has been there as long as I've known the film (going back to an 80s VHS, which of course may not be the best source for comparison). I imagine for the 5.1, they simply made a smoother edit from the original elements.
Again, I know all this seems an odd thing to harp on, but why not just fade out before the final orchestra hit on The Empire Strikes Back or squeeze up the opening credits of 2001 to make them look like they did on the old VHS?
Edited by Bryan Tuck, July 09 2013 - 08:55 PM.