Originally Posted by Giles37
In terms of wire removal - I'm all for it - I find the wires on the DVD edition of the 1953 version of 'War of the Worlds' to be a major distraction.
Absolutely. They stuck out like the proverbial sore digit on the remastered DVD, and while they are a cute source of nostalgia on a film I've loved ever since I was a kid, as an adult they are indeed a major distraction to me. If Paramount had any sense, they'd do 2 versions for Blu-ray to keep everyone happy.
My personal take is that we're seeing things now with a clarity undreamed of by filmmakers of a certain vintage. The obfuscation of detail that was inherent to release prints is something that was usually planned for when visual effects were made, so to take that work, scan the living daylights out of it and present it 'unmolested' to reveal every last wire, matte line and reflection in razor-sharp detail is not staying true to the original intent.
Of course, when you mention those two words then a whole new pandora's box is opened. Certain filmmakers still continue to alter their work after the fact, claiming that it was always their 'intent' to have a certain Rodian bounty hunter shoot first, for example, but that's the absolute worst case scenario.
It's easy enough to say "don't touch a thing" because the speaker is then absolved of any responsibility for what the intended look of a film should be, but what's never really considered is how every photochemical feature we see on home video is usually extensively corrected for colour, contrast and whatnot because of the vast differences between the two mediums. Just to get something looking "as it should" can require a lot of effort, and if that much manipulation is already taking place then we shouldn't be afraid of touching up artefacts inherent to 'classic' effects work either.
Just my 2 cents, don't shoot the messenger, etc.