I am so irritated right now. SO irritated. For WEEKS the other board has been having conniption fits over this transfer, despite it not being released until today. In other words, yes, the dreaded and terrible screen caps, which would lead you to believe that this was a horrible green mess – carefully chose screen shots I might add and from where, heaven knows, because they seemed to appear before any reviews had appeared. Of course, you all know where this is heading.
And a few days ago some people go early copies and still on they go about green tints, just to cover themselves with the angry, know-it-all mob over there. Well, I got this thing today and it is one of the most accurate and beautiful transfers I’ve ever seen. It’s BREATHTAKING. I have never ever liked any home video iteration of this movie – they all look like crap. Finally we get a proper transfer and all these misguided few can do is complain about green and most of them without having seen a frame of this disc and all of them not ever having seen this film in a theater. There is not one HINT of a “green tint” in ANY scene, including the one they all point to, the one shot of the cook in the diner. The color is what it’s supposed to be – but they all use the previous MGM transfer to tell everyone how wrong this is, as if they a) knew what they were talking about, and b) refuse to understand that previous transfers are not the gospel. And these same people who do this over and over and over again stop people from purchasing the disc. Then when the word finally gets out how amazing a transfer is, they all disappear without so much as a word of “oops.” Every color in this film is perfect – the blues, the greens, the yellows, the reds, the purples, all of it. Adam Holender supervised this transfer and he did a fantastic job of getting this film to look just as fresh as the day it opened. And yes, there is popcorn-size grain in the early opticals, which is exactly right, and well, just buy it and understand how perfect it is. Blanket green, my backside. How do you explain all those other vivid colors and the perfectly BLUE sky? You can’t because there is not one iota of a blanket green tint or any green tint, whatever that actually means. So, once again the screen shot brigade does their damage. And I really do not want to hear anything about “that’s an actual shot right off the actual Blu-ray, because whatever is happening in those screen shots is so inaccurate as to be laughable.
I cannot say enough about this transfer. Those who know me know how I am about color. This is fantastic.