Senior HTF Member
- Feb 1, 2000
Indeed these two both had the large format and the cinematography that let's large format productions shine, Tony Mann and Robert Krasker saw to that.Yes, I understand that they were mastered from low contrast prints, which is just not good enough these days. I think both could look stunning if done right.
The embarassing previous releases were derived from low contrast prints but those prinmts used to have some grain and textures, too. The Weinstein company obviously was not smart enough to see to it that whoever worked on them did a proper job. Instead it looks like some kind of blanket multipass dustbuster algorithm was employed that destroyed all details and textures that those prints may have had. Both movies almost look like they were animated.
El Cid should be done sooner rather than later as it was shot on very problematic stock. Would be nice if it went to Pinewood for scanning and it will also need more extensive grading / color correction thsn the other Bronston productions.