Originally Posted by NagysAudio
Yes, Raiders has all original matte paintings and effects, nothing has been changed except for the reflection in the glass between Ford and the cobra.
My rather quick review. In one word the set is AMAZING.
Let's get some stuff out of the way first...
- None of the films have been digitally altered except for the said reflection.
This is incorrect as Raiders most definitely has been 'digitally altered'. I realize that you are probably using the phrase with a very narrow set of attributes in mind (I'm guessing- EFX shots changed with Cg or overzealous DNR which changes the surface texture) but the new color grading, and the specific look it now imposes on the film, could not be achieved with anything but digital software and some tech sitting at a terminal. I agree that the film was slightly 'warmer' in original release compared to the all the previous director overseen, 'painstakingly remastered' DVD, LDs, VHS releases- but teals don't manifest themselves organically when you push the color to emphasize orange faces and golden hues.
So, people need to understand the fundamental fact that Raiders HAS been digitally altered for this release.
Originally Posted by NagysAudio
- Raiders of the Lost Ark has great new color timing, which match the rest of the series.
- All four movies look awesome and as good as they ever did and most likely ever will.
- The opening scene seemed a little washed out, but everything quickly became normal as we land in Nepal. There, the blacks are rich and deep, etc. and they stay that way for the remainder of the movie.
- I understand why Spielberg wanted a new 4K scan for Raiders. Other than a slightly new color grading to match the other movies, he wanted to give us Raiders of the Lost Ark EXACTLY how it is on 35mm film.
Yes, apparently it was important for this release that the visual look of Raiders be shifted slightly to match the look of Crystal Skull (which is the only other film in the series that pushes the golden haze, orange faces, and ...teals).
Ironically, as was the case with SW, the only film in the series that is truly worth a damn is the one that must be altered to fit better with most recent, and least worthy entry.
TOD and TLC both have color balances and hues that look authentic to their 80's made origin.
I saw the film many times over the years, the first being a sneak preview weeks before it's initial release. shadows and black levels were always deep, moody, and a big reason the opening has always packed such a whallop.
This new effort doesn't have anything on how this used to or should look. And while the DVD could have stood to be timed a little warmer- it wasn't that far off, imo (in terms of overall color relationships, black levels, contrast, etc). The Bd is two steps forward in this regard, and a big step back.
This is not how Raiders looked originally on 35 mm. Right off the bat, the teal (in all it's various shades and intensities) is a dead give away this is not the 'genuine' article. There are other lame quirks to the image here and there as well, but you really don't need to go any farther than that to classify this effort just as inauthentic and revisionist as if Spielberg has chose to DVNR all the grain out of the film, or replace matte paintings with seamless digital recreations.
It's six of one and half dozen of another.
Doesn't matter a whole lot though since a whole generation of people have grown up watching some of the ugliest, most ridiculously stylized looking films of all time in the last decade- and now find this aesthetic completely natural. When something like this comes along, that isn't as in your face obnoxious about it's T&O agenda as something like a Michael Bay movie, people are apt to wrongly concluded it must be reverential and faithful to the source, when it really isn't.