Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky
My theory on the increasing use of teal-push to spice up masters of old movies is that they are exploiting a vibrance effect of newer display technologies with larger effective color gamut than was possible back in the CRT and NTSC days.
I have slightly different theory. When I purchased my first 'big screen TV" (back when a 29" TV was considered big) which was a SONY Trinitron TV in the 1990's, no one seemed to know about video calibration. My first exposure to video calibration was when JPK released VIDEO ESSENTIALS on LD. And I didn't get a colorimeter until about 3 years ago. I gave that TV away recently but measured it with the colorimeter just before doing so and it was 9300K on the low mode
I decided to watch my DVD copy of Crocodile Dundee a few weeks back and could not believe how red this film looked. The DVD was taken from a release print because it has "cigarette burns" at the top right of the image.
I've calibrated my projector to 6500k since new and recalibrate every 100 hours and this film only began to look exceptable at over 8000K (I used a factor set mode on the projector to see how the higher temp might affect the image). So I do wonder if there was a deliberate push to the reds in the older LD/DVD releases to compensate for the blue tint from consumer displays running too high a colour temperature.
Viewing ALIENS on my display with a friend (that is anal about video calibration) and neither of us had a problem with this so called "tealification".