Originally Posted by Greg Matty
This is one of my favorite horror movies and I finally bought it on BD. While the picture is sharp, it is way darker than the SD-DVD. When the characters come out of cryo-sleep it is as if the director of photography had all the lights off. The "dark skinned" character had almost no definition in his form as all you could see was a dark shape.
I saw this movie in the theater and still have the SD-DVD and can't believe that this version is what the director wanted us to see. Am I the only one who thinks this?
If I understand you correctly you're saying there is black crush on the BD that is not present on the previous dvd, correct? Do you have the means to provide a screencap comparison by chance? It's just that I've read a lot of comments reviews/on the BD and this is the first I've ever heard of that issue (I'm aware of the slight vertical stretch, and am ok with it). Everything I've read seems to echo the color pallete/contrast more or less duplicates that of the previous Paramount 2-disc dvd (which makes sense, since clearly the same HD master was used for both). Are you sure it's not something with your settings, the result of different color space settings for SD/HD, etc? Also, which dvd version are you referring to? There was a barebones non-anamorphic release way back in the day, and later a 2-disc deluxe release, with which Paul Anderson was apparently extensively involved. Never had the old dvd but it wouldn't surprise me if color timing/contrast varies considerably between them, and presumably the transfer on the 2-disc and BD would be how Anderson wants it. Could be he always wanted the sequences in question darker.
Edit: Caps-a-holic comparison
between the BD and 2-disc DVD. In every sample shot, color/contrast are identical