Originally Posted by Strevlac
Those are simply details of the transfer and mastering (which, by the way, Criterion didn't do). Simply transfering the film into the digital domain and then tweaking from there is not a "restoration", which these films don't need anyway.
Ah, so you have seen the original film elements and negatives so you know they don't need a restoration?
The age of a film has little to do with whether it needs a restoration, the condition of the film elements does. But since Criterion calls it a restoration
, and the description includes: "Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter and flicker were manually removed", I'm guessing this fits most folks idea of "restoration".