View Full Version : The Disney Classics: How should they look?
10-11-2010, 02:52 AM
Hello. I've recently been building up my collection of the Disney classics(the Diamond/Platinum Editions) on Blu-ray Disc. These films, of course, had undergone an extensive restoration possibly by Lowry Digital(in the case of Beauty and the Beast, the native 2K digital masters were probably used). While the restorations look absolutely superb, perhaps it's too much so. I'm starting to think that maybe these restorations are not true representations of how the films should really look. Although it was explained that the actual backgrounds in Disney's Animation Research Library, which were used in the photography of these films were used as reference for the color timing, that is just one part of how the film is put together. I'm far from an expert, but I think the film would have went through other processes to finalize an intended look. I have also heard criticisms about these restorations, one of which worth noting is Lou Romano's comments about how the 2008 restoration of Sleeping Beauty looks too "hot", in its color scheme. But enough of my babbling, I would rather hear your views on this topic. How do you think the Disney films should look?
10-11-2010, 04:20 AM
Interesting you should bring this up. Long before George Lucas came onto the scene as the king of self bastardization, Disney has been known to "tweak" their films time and time again.
I don't remember to many instances in particular but I believe there has been a few audio tweaks along the way. For example the hunting dogs sound effects in Bambi was replaced in later re-issues.
A 80's issue of Fantasia had the soundtrack completely re-recorded. The end results? Timing and temp was "off" in some instances.
I'm sure some could argue the remastered films will not be 100 percent accurate to the original product. In fact it can't be because I believe the remastered films have never looked as clear, sharp, noise free or as colorful.
I'm not a Disney historian. But unlike George Lucas's films (where a fan can easily recognize distracting changes in the entire remastering of his films,) I do not notice any glaring alternations to the Disney films.
Some will say any change what so ever is destroying the integrity of the original film. I'm not so sure I would go that far.
10-15-2010, 07:06 PM
Just check the VHS and laserdisc versions and compare.
10-16-2010, 11:10 AM
How about they should stay the way they are? Yeah, that's a good choice.
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