No offense, Mark, but I can't fathom how you have concluded that a crappy VHS transfer is "accurate" to the original theatrical look of the film based on nothing other than the fact that it was the first video transfer for the movie.
I tend to look at things in a logical fashion. So, we have three transfers that show green/yellow trees in that scene.. VHS, 1st Blu-ray and 35th Anniversary Blu-ray. Only the 1999 THX DVD shows golden/yellow trees in that scene.
Our experience also tells us that video tape and Laserdisc transfers back in the early 1980s had a LOT less monkeying around done to them. They simply didn't have the same level of tools back then. It wasn't until we entered the digital realm (DVD) that we started seeing an explosion in edge enhancement, color timing changes, etc.
Given the above, which seems more likely... That the coloring of the trees in the VHS tape is wrong, or that the 1999 THX DVD is a "revisionist" representation of the film?
Yes, the THX DVD was approved by Cundey, but so was the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray!
My preference for ALL Blu-ray transfers is that they recreate the ORIGINAL look of the film as closely as possible. The way it was presented in its theatrical run. And, given the above, logic tells me that it is FAR more likely that VHS transfer is more representative to what the film looked like in theaters. The VHS was released just 2 years after the film's release.
And, finally, we have the answer from Dean Cundey himself!! Here's part of an interview with Cundey, published on Sept 8, 2013:
Q: What was the process like of putting together the Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray?
A: Well, it was actually pretty straightforward. I'd been disappointed by the fact that so many previous issuances of that, but also other films, they didn't call me in, they just said "well, we've got a print here, we'll just make it look like that." And by the time they got to making the second or third version of a film on a DVD, the iterations that they had gone through, somebody would subtly brighten up the film because the felling was "well, it's going to be on somebody's TV" and then the next guy would say "well, it's brighter but it looks like it's too blue" so over a period of two or three versions, the look would change, and so the fact they called me in to recreate the original look and feeling, it was a great thing to sort of protect all of our original visions.
Source article: http://www.horrorbid...p?f=279&t=24807
Cundey on the transfer for the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray: "...so the fact they called me in to recreate the original look and feeling, it was a great thing to sort of protect all of our original visions."
Right out of the mouth of the cinematographer, the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray is the definitive look and feel of the film.
Isn't it time to end this argument?
Edited by Mark Booth, September 25 2013 - 09:42 AM.