42021, It is not that DVD is the gold standard per se but purposely changing contrast and retiming was not usually done in the beginning. Although many early catalogs DVDs used transfers that had been made years before hand. What is fascinating is that with DVD and BR initially studios did not monkey around with things, like the usage of DNR, EE, or tweaking contrast. Clearly not always the case but as a whole transfers tend to be left alone in the beginning, especially fortuitous if it is a high quality one. Now nearly every DVD is heavily filtered and has EE baked in for worse measure.
You are right though that not everything
I referred to an analogy earlier in regards to music that I feel is similar to the tendency of brightening up contrast but at the cost of dynamic range as well causing clipping. Many 'older' recordings have been supposedly remastered. Unfortunately this typically this constitutes of excessive reduction of dynamic range, frequency compression, brick wall peak limiting, and permitting clipping/distortion. Since it is perceptually louder, especially in comparison to the original recordings, it is frequently interpenetrated as being better even though it is clearly distorted and flat and lifeless.
The irony is once leveled matched most folks can distinguish the fatiguing, over compressed, and distorted remasters and actually prefer the more dynamic and distortion free original recordings.
A proper remaster will retain all the best qualities of excellent audio engineering, dynamic and distortion free. The issue is to use the new tools sensibly and judicially, same goes for video mastering. Keep adjustments to the optimal minimum.
What happens with contrast boosting, which often reduces dynamic range, is that enough visual information will look 'fine' but other information will fall out of the parameters and will result in clipping the highlights and shadow detail. Whilst mid range tones will have more perceived pop this can also result in over saturation and cause blooming if not kept in check.
Unfortunately my vocabulary for image manipulation is limited in comparison to others but hopefully I have accurately conveyed the pertinent ideas.
In respects Total Recall it appears to have been mastered in a manner at least I find to be sensible and well done.
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