They did, and also this looks far superior to Doris' The Thrill of It All.Sounds like they did a much better job here than with the three Rock Hudson movies with Doris Day. Recently watched that collection after owning it for years and while I loved it, the picture quality wasn't anything special.
Pillow Talk looks very good and has gotten a new master, the other two did not but at least Universal did not overdo it with the DNR.Sounds like they did a much better job here than with the three Rock Hudson movies with Doris Day. Recently watched that collection after owning it for years and while I loved it, the picture quality wasn't anything special.
I still think it was a misguided decision to overprocess the split screens but given the history of the elements it looks a lot better than I would have expected it to look given Universal's previous track record for catalog titles at the time. As for absolute picture quality one cannot expect every difficult movie to look like Spartacus just because it got a restoration.Pillow Talk looks superior to anything it has ever looked like on home video and is a reference effort and a quality affair. The other two titles in the Doris/Rock collection did not receive such care and look it. But Pillow Talk was an extremely difficult restoration to undertake, exacerbated by its split screen opticals and other SFX, plus the film stock itself, in a horrendous state of vinegar syndrome color implosion. Spending nearly a million to bring it back from the brink, Uni's done its very best and the proof is on this disc. So, to see Pillow Talk looking this bold, vibrant and spiffy on Blu is indeed a treat. No complaints here!
I agree that one would wish this was presented a bit more prominently on the disc. The same goes for Spartacus where they have a featurette that should be a lot more extensive to give a better impression of how difficult it was to perform this long and extremely expensive restoration.That definitely changes my opinion quite a bit on the Pillow Talk transfer.
They touch on some of that on the restoration retrospective included as a bonus on the disc, but the viewer doesn't get a full idea just how bad off this one was.
You've prompted me to look up when I received and last watched this disc: May 2012! I did make a note that the picture quality is very good. Time to watch it again!With all the talk above about Pillow Talk, I hauled out my anniversary Blu-ray disc for Pillow Talk and watched it tonight with the Nick Redman-Julie Kirgo commentary on it. The commentary was entertaining, of course, but I had completely forgotten how splendid the picture quality had been improved in this edition. Colors really pop (Doris' blue eyes are especially notable), and I had a very good time watching the images while listening to the intelligent conversation behind it (easy to follow a movie I've seen probably fifty times in my life). Great movie comedy!