Just went through the new Sony UK re-release of BSD. It is the 2012 version.
The menus are identical to the 2007 version and those who were remotely hoping for the possibility of a new transfer are going to be disappointed.
Considering it is the 20th anniversary of the film, I think it falls way short of expectations for fans who saw it in the cinema.
The transfer is identical to the 2007 version and all the issues that some fans raised are still there. Now I am sure that transfer technology improved dramatically in the last 5 years as studios are now fully versed with the capabilities of the new format. But alas no, we got the transfer when the technology was newer and less explored.
I would have hoped that Sony for the 20th anniversary could have issued a 2 disc version. One with the older transfer that many preferred and was shown on HD Channels like Sky. The other with the new tinkered and revised look.
Sony had 5 years to prepare this and surely we could get some more documentaries added.
Just like some of the James Bond movies like On Her Majesty's Secret Service or The Living Daylights to name a few which have colour timing alterations. In OHMSS, in the opening scene where Bond tries to rescue Tracy, in the original it is supposed to be the break of dawn and it is supposed to be darker. But the new version is revised and it looks clear as day.
And I won't mention what an original sound mixer on the early Bond film said about his shock about the alterations. But of course, we still have to drink the Lowry koolaide and enjoy DNR at it's finest and be thankful for it like the idiots they think some of us must be.
I really want to Sony to dig deeper and listen to fans of BSD. It is a major film and unfortunately, I have to refer to my 1997 DVD or 2001 Superbit to watch the film as I remembered it. Ironic that a transfer 15 years old or 11 years old seems to be more pleasing.
This argument that this is exactly as the filmmaker intended is moot. Sky are allegedly showing the older wrong transfer still and that means that many viewers will get used to that look and appreciate it.
And the amount of DVD's on Ebay of the old version means that many will still be watching the film as allegedly unintended.
So I ask Sony to give us 2 versions on the same disc and let us decide which one we would prefer. The world will not end as we know it if there are 2 versions.
And please don't get me started that in 2012 it is harder for a film to have it's original burned in subtitles. That is another reason why this is not the version which accurately reproduces it's exact cinematic look. No expert can argue that one.