I don't know - after the call for tar and feathers, and people saying Twilight Time was the most despicable company for releasing the horrid and grotesque transfer that Fox provided them for Titus, I was, and call me crazy, expecting a travesty of the highest order. The fact that it was a HD transfer from over a decade ago, they said, resulted in a thing that wasn't better than the DVD - that it had faded color - that it had no detail at all. They accused Twilight Time of removing every negative post that was made about the transfer on their Facebook page. Never mind that that was total malarky and that they'd only removed ONE post - one of those "You suck, everything you do sucks" kinds of posts that any normal company would remove instantly, since it's made by a rude, obnoxious individual.
So, it's been sitting here for a couple of weeks, but my time has been really crazy, but I could wait to see this travesty, this abomination no longer. I put it on. But I was immediately confused because I wasn't seeing a travesty or an abomination, I wasn't seeing faded colors - I was seeing some detail and a reasonable image, that's what I was seeing. Yes, an older HD transfer made a year or so after the film's release. So, let's just throw a little cold reality here:
It is not possible for a transfer made a year after a film's release, especially in the year 2000, for colors to have faded ONE IOTA. Not a whit. Not a jot. Oops.
Miss Taymor herself, and it's impossible to get away from her on this disc, says she color timed the film and designed it to pretty much be devoid of color. Oops. Which leads one to believe these people calling for tar and feathers never actually saw the film in the cinema and probably saw it on cable, where it became, wait for it, their favorite film of all time. O-kay. That said, there is plenty of accurate color in the transfer.
These same people calling for tar and feathers and for everyone to return their discs for a full refund said nothing about the Sexy Beast transfer - not a word, not a peep. Guess what? That transfer was made not that long after the Titus transfer - in other words, an older master. Oops.
These people's hatred of this company is unprecedented in all of home video. I've never seen anything like it and it is offensive and childish and ignorant and most of it boils down to the cost. But then one reads in a thread about Olive Films that they're balking at paying twenty dollars for a bare-bones disc. They'd pay ten, though. Sure they would. Not. It's a no-win situation with these people - always has been, always will be. They live to complain, at least with this company they do.
They will, I have no doubt, reprint this post in its entirety and be entirely derisive about it and me. Let them. It's fun to read.
Would Titus look better with a fresh, new scan off the camera negative. Of course. But since Fox doesn't have those elements and doesn't even own the film (they released it), and since the film was - and I know it's hard to hear about the best movie of all time - was a complete and utter box-office bomb, it seems unlikely that anyone would want to foot the minimal cost of a transfer of a film of that recent a vintage. Is it a travesty, a horrorshow, a debacle? Of course not. It's much better than the DVD, despite what they say. And it's what there is so if someone loves the film or finds it interesting, then they have a - wait for it - choice as to whether to purchase or not to purchase.
Has the bellyaching and complaining caused the return of hundreds of copies of Titus. No. I happen to know how many and it would make everyone laugh. Do the people who constantly complain about Twilight Time, call them to task at every opportunity, and who hate and loathe them for any and all insurrections, boycott Twilight Time by not purchasing their titles. Not only do they not, they brag about how many Twilight Time titles they own, they brag how they buy EXTRA copies to unload on eBay should a title be lucky enough to sell out. One particular place brags that they are the most popular site on all the Internet and that they have the power on their board to influence sales, i.e. to hurt sales. The short answer to that: No, they don't, not a whit. Not a jot. Oops.
Bottom line: While Titus is indeed an older HD master, it is not a travesty or an abomination. It could look better, sure, but what's there is perfectly acceptable.
And for those who occasionally have trouble with my posts - this is - my OPINION.