RichMurphy

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A response from WB MPI regarding the question about registration of three-strip elements...

We still use the ‘Ultra Res’ software although it has been updated and retrofitted to accommodate 16-bit images.

Also, once archive became a consideration, the software was locked to a single block recombine. The software is capable of splitting the images up into up to 16 squares (called blocks). It can give you the appearance of a tighter recombine. The separate layers (Y, C & M) were shot together and intended to be recombined as whole images; if they’re not easily recombining, there’s something else going on with the scans. Speaking of which, the advancements in scanning and having true archival film scanners now, has made a huge difference for the recombine process. These scans are optically registered to the perfs of each record so it’s just a better starting place. And then HDR obviously adds an enormous amount when it comes to image quality of the final product. Finally, we do also have some newer software for recombines when there are areas we feel need tightening up, which can get the alignment slightly better (with some guidance), but it is way less consistent and can go off the rails quickly so we only use it on additional passes after the colorist reviews the original ‘Ultra-Res’ pass.
Mr. Harris, thank you SO MUCH for the followup to my post #24. I appreciate the additional information. With all the bad news out there, I am heartened by these developments, which can help save our cultural heritage in a quality unimaginable just a few decades ago.
 

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Another member of my family subscribed to HBO Max yesterday, and right now I'm watching Romance on the High Seas on the service and it certainly seems like the sparkling new restoration. The picture quality even streaming is very impressive.
 
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Yes, the copy on HBO Max is the new restoration seen on the BD. They even fixed the registration of the examination scene with Eric Blore that was messed up in the old transfer.

The film itself looks amazing, although there's a shocking blunder with the presentation of the bonus cartoon HARE SPLITTER. It's a newly restored transfer, but they presented it in SD with bad interlacing/artifacting, despite advertising it would be an HD presentation. Sigh. But you ARE buying the disc for Ms. Day, not Mr. Bunny.

Along with MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM and TEX AVERY VOL. 1, ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS makes this a killer year for WAC.
 

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Finally had a chance to watch this blu-ray. I am beyond ecstatic that it got a blu-ray release at all and even more so at the video and audio quality. What a GORGEOUS treat. The sharpness and most particularly the color. The range of subtle color changes and hues is a joy to behold, as is the explosion of color in the carnivale finale.
 

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I am beyond ecstatic that it got a blu-ray release at all and even more so at the video and audio quality. What a GORGEOUS treat. The sharpness and most particularly the color.
I finally received my Covid-delayed copy. I concur with everything JohnMor says. Let's hope Warner's releases more of Doris's 1940s movies.
 
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