Suspiria blu-ray from Synapse

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    Robert Harris

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    Both parties involved are doing the best that they can with a well used Eastman Color negative, inclusive of footage derived from dupes.

    Both have referenced dye transfer prints.

    Synapse, as Mr. Kimmel has stated, fully financed the 4k scan, and as their work nears its completion, I've a feeling that things will get very interesting.

    They also went out of their way to locate, and access, the original stereo mix.

    There's far more going on here than meets the eye.

    With archival funds difficult to attain, two restorations were unnecessary. The situation seems to have been created by the desire to have a theatrical anniversary release, while the Synapse restoration was ongoing.

    Readers should be able to figure out further details, but from what I've been able to deduce, the problems come from neither Synapse nor Mr. Kaiser, with both doing their best to create something special.

    They should not be pitted against one another, as they are not adversaries.
     
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    God knows I'm not one to point out typos, but, given the context, this made me laugh. (unless it was intentional, but even then, it is funny.)
     
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    No, my name is Steen. Which is why it says "Real Name: Steen".

    And I haven't been banned from Blu-ray.com yet.
     
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    Totally unintentional. Comes from typing on an iPad.

    For the record, I have great respect for Mr. Kaiser, and the capabilities of his company.
     
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    I watched the Italian BD yesterday (instead of just looking at screen-shots which is suddenly acceptable [weird that]) and the green is definitely dominant. In some scenes it seems fine and in others... not so fine. Then, it was always a garish looking film and I'm not going to pretend that I know how it should look. I'll probably buy the Synapse edition too.

    This whole thing seems like a complete reversal of the Coppola's Dracula situation. Remember the reaction when it was first released on BD back in 2007 and people were shocked at the way it completely departed from previous versions and the way people thought it should look? Moonlight had gone from blue to green, bonfires from orange to grey, and carefully crafted special effects had become lost in darkness - and yet we were told to shut up and accept that there was no way that Kim Aubry could be wrong. In this analogy Torsten Kaiser would be Kim Aubry, I guess, but I'm certainly willing to entertain the notion that he could be wrong or that whatever answer print (or its equivalent) he's working from is flawed.

    What really bothers me is the rampant hypocrisy: A forum that pretty much always insists that screen-shots are completely useless, suddenly decides to judge two blu-rays (one of which hasn't been released) solely from screen-shots.


    PS. My opinions of the Italian BD should be taken with a grain of salt as I was preeeeeetty drunk when I watched it. But frankly, I think it's the only way to watch Suspiria. The film is a load of bollocks. Enjoyable, often beautiful, but bollocks.
     
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    I think I just described all of Argento's films.
     
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    An earned respect, no doubt.

    It struck me funny, in large part, do the location of the film and, in particular, the shooting location of the deserted square (Königsplatz) and its history of being used as a location for rallies by the Nazis (unless I'm mistaken, one reason Argento selected the location.)
     
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    The sound work we have been doing on this is insane. The fidelity of the original mag masters is just out of this world, transferred in 96/24 no less.

    Vincent
     
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    This is the first use of the original masters in decades, is it not?
     

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