Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger
There is definite filtering going on, I have good references from other Blu-rays on how Morgan Freeman looks on screen in 1080p.
Again: can you articulate what you mean by the word "filtered"? I've never heard it, so I'm confused by what you mean.
There are camera filters typically used in capture, like infrared filters or grad filters or diffusion filters or neutral density filters or daylight-compensation filters, but none will affect the image in the way you you're talking about. We do pull defocus keys during mastering just to slightly blur skin tones in order to cover up age lines, pores, facial scars, bad makeup, and similar problems, but they can only go so far. I haven't seen the transfer yet, so I can't say how good or ugly it looks.
If you simply mean, "they've degraded the resolution of this film so that it's not sharp enough," just say that. In this case, I'd say what you're seeing was a conscious decision by Wally Pfister, who's very technical and very aware of the mastering process. Again: a very hands-on guy.
But the term "filtered" has no meaning by itself. We need to have the same common language in order to communicate. There are real words that exist in mastering and cinematography, and I generally try to stick to those.