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post #31 of 45 Old 07-31-2012, 10:26 AM
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There was no authoring error. Friedkin is a know sociopath.

As I said above, the movie on Disc 1 of the original release has additional contrast boosting and detail clipping beyond the before/after comparisons in the Color Timing featurette on Disc 2. So, I think it's possible that there was some authoring error. However, Friedkin is passing the blame for everything to that, when most of the problems with the transfer were his own fault.

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Friedkin supervises a bad version of French Connection, people bitch. Friedkin supervises a good version of French Connection, people bitch. Welcome to the internet :sigh:
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There was no authoring error. Friedkin is a known sociopath.

What on Earth does sociopathy have to do with passing off blame on a bad Blu-ray release?

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The colors on the remastered disc are oversaturated. (The French Connection II Blu-ray has the same problem. They were probably scanned at the same time.) In that Color Timing featurette, Friedkin explicitly said that he didn't want vibrant colors in the movie. He specifically cited orange flesh tones as something he wanted to get rid of. The whole point of his "pastel" nonsense was to give the movie more of a monochromatic look. Clearly, the "corrected" disc doesn't do that. For the new disc, he didn't just fix an authoring error that somebody else made. He backed off his "pastel" scheme entirely.
The remastered disc also has a teal push. There's a teal tinge to most whites, including eyeballs and teeth. It's certainly an improvement over the original Blu-ray, but I don't think it rates better than mediocre.
The whole "Moby Dick"-style desaturated thing, regardless of Friedkin's intent, is not how it was printed originally so I don't think it's fair to call the new one oversaturated.

Personally I see nothing revisionist about my remastered copy. It looks very much like an analog Eastman color print made from an early 70s negative... which does not see color as the eye does and readily picks up green color casts from the fluorescent and mercury-vapor lights of the time if not shot with the appropriate filters.
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Friedkin supervises a bad version of French Connection, people bitch. Friedkin supervises a good version of French Connection, people bitch. Welcome to the internet :sigh:

Friedkin supervises a bad version of French Connection, people bitch. Friedkin supervises a better (not "good," but better) version of French Connection and lies about his involvement in the first one, people call him out for his lying.

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The whole "Moby Dick"-style desaturated thing, regardless of Friedkin's intent, is not how it was printed originally so I don't think it's fair to call the new one oversaturated.

Just judging by eye, colors are clearly oversaturated, regardless of what Friedkin says about his intent. Flesh tones are too orange, and the grass on the Washinton Mall is way too vibrantly green for a scene that's supposed to take place in winter. The color timing is definitely off.

As I said, French Connection II has the same problem, and that movie has a completely different director.
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Personally I see nothing revisionist about my remastered copy. It looks very much like an analog Eastman color print made from an early 70s negative... which does not see color as the eye does and readily picks up green color casts from the fluorescent and mercury-vapor lights of the time if not shot with the appropriate filters.

The teal looks digital to me, not like the green cast you're talking about (which I am well familiar with). Also, it's not just present in indoor scenes with flourescent light. It's also present in outdoor scenes, including in the sky.

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Flesh tones are too orange, and the grass on the Washinton Mall is way too vibrantly green for a scene that's supposed to take place in winter. The color timing is definitely off.

Since when is 'the real world' our reference standard for motion picture cinematography? It's a work of art, not an educational text.

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Since when is 'the real world' our reference standard for motion picture cinematography? It's a work of art, not an educational text.

A work of art must set a tone that's appropriate for the subject matter and content. Bright green grass in the middle of winter is not appropriate.

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A work of art must set a tone that's appropriate for the subject matter and content. Bright green grass in the middle of winter is not appropriate.

... in the opinion of one Joshua Zyber, who is not one of the creators of this artwork.

The only thing a work of art "must" do is say what the artists want it to say.

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... in the opinion of one Joshua Zyber, who is not one of the creators of this artwork.
The only thing a work of art "must" do is say what the artists want it to say.

In this case, what the artist wanted to say is clouded by the artist changing his mind and lying about what he wanted to say. What we have to judge by are:

1) What the movie looked like in the past. (I have seen it in 35mm and don't recall it being so oversaturated, though admittedly that was a long time ago.)
2) Our technical knowledge of the difference between natural film colors and boosted video colors. (The Blu-ray looks like the latter to me.)
3) Common sense (i.e. grass shouldn't be so green in winter).
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4) Our understanding of storytelling and basic film grammar. (The French Connection is not a Surrealist work of art in which the artist might want to present exaggerated colors in the context of this scene.)

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Friedkin is still pushing his story about how the original BR release of French Connection was screwed up in the mastering process:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/60117
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So, the featurette where Friedkin is literally eviscerating the colour from the movie - producing the same dreadful colour in the finished blu-ray - was some sort of mass hallucination, was it? What a **** that Friedkin is. Just man up and say you got it wrong, Billy.
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I thought we were getting a re-release on this?
A non Best Buy version.
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