|Two Dumbo DVD editions or yellow stripes vs. green stripes.|
My main concern is that I'd like to see a movie in a version as close as possible to the original. If it was threestrip-Technicolor or 16mm blowup, I want it to look that way. In my vocabulary the term "restoration" does not include "changing so it looks *better* than the original". A film is always appreciated best when seen within its time of production. Eliminating all the optical references to this particular time frame is not doing anybody any favor. The storytelling, acting and so on are still a product of a certain time even if the grain has been digitally removed. Particularly in animated films the grain is your friend - at least that's my opinion.
Since these posts are scattered all about my blog, here is a list in alphabetical order. I try to update it now and then and maybe even post some recommendations of editions I particularly like.
- Heightened Concepts and Expressionist Color: The Platinum Edition DVD/BDs make it easier to study color schemes because the restoration team pushes whatever concept they think was in the original negative.
- What You See Is Not Always All You Get: A comparison of foreign language voice tracks culminating in a monostrosity that is the German Cinderella narrator.
- A "Dumbo" for our Times: An essay about restorations as products of their time on the occasion of the Dumbo 70th Anniversary BD/DVD.
- Sleeping Beauty - A perfect introduction to Blu-ray? How technical novelties can alter our perception of the film itself.