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stevenHa

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The discussion concerning the blu ray release of the Definitive Laurel and Hardy films made me wonder about the state of affairs with regard to how some films will be preserved/viewed in the future. For Mary Poppins, some scenes that were originally a daylight scene have become a scene in early dawn on the blu ray, the Disney cartoons from the 60's and 70's were restored in such a way that the animator's original line drawings were butchered, a scene from Neverending Story now looks darker than it originally looked when it was released (it was a long shot where the hero on horseback past a mountain range) . Is there a difference between the way films are preserved and the way they are released on HD or will these releases become the way the film is presented now and for the future ? Do you know from maybe speaking to the restorers who have worked on films if these were mistakes or were these changes intentional ? So is there any chance we will see some of these films the way we originally saw them ?
 

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The discussion concerning the blu ray release of the Definitive Laurel and Hardy films made me wonder about the state of affairs with regard to how some films will be preserved/viewed in the future. For Mary Poppins, some scenes that were originally a daylight scene have become a scene in early dawn on the blu ray, the Disney cartoons from the 60's and 70's were restored in such a way that the animator's original line drawings were butchered, a scene from Neverending Story now looks darker than it originally looked when it was released (it was a long shot where the hero on horseback past a mountain range) . Is there a difference between the way films are preserved and the way they are released on HD or will these releases become the way the film is presented now and for the future ? Do you know from maybe speaking to the restorers who have worked on films if these were mistakes or were these changes intentional ? So is there any chance we will see some of these films the way we originally saw them ?

Yes, there are many variations between the way that films are preserved and restored, and then, how they are modified for modern audiences.

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My understanding is that Disney has done a wonderful job at preserving their film elements despite screwing up some home video releases to make them look more modern or something.
 

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So there might be a possibility to see these films the way they were originally presented if in the future there is a strong demand (it wasn't lost in the preservation/restoration phase, just in the current presentations) ?
 

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So there might be a possibility to see these films the way they were originally presented if in the future there is a strong demand (it wasn't lost in the preservation/restoration phase, just in the current presentations) ?
Film doesn’t lie
 

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