Originally Posted by FilmMixer
Just a question though (and not any kind of flame, but a serious inquiry)... what is you reference of how faithfully the film is transfered if you haven't seen the master the transfer was made off of?
35mm prints in the cinema. The general look of film on film prints and HD.
If I have seen neither a print or anything else I will not judge color or contrast etc. as right or wrong. For films from before the DI age I can still diagnose digital processing artifacts alien to the film elements, though, due to HD mastering. For films in the DI age with a DI I can diagnose the processing but not if it's from the DI or the HD mastering, or if it's film maker approved or not (without further information). Cases like Patton and Longest Day are clear cut as pre DI film does not look like this on the approved and authentic film masters of the time.