Bob Gale did an interview over at Chud.com - thought you guys might find this bit interesting...
Bob: So I started rattling on cages over at Universal saying, "We gotta do something guys, we gotta do something. It only has one 25th anniversary." And on about February of this year they came around and said, "Yeah, okay, lets do it, lets bring out the Blu-ray in the fall." Somebody was even wise enough to say, since we won't hit the real 25th anniversary of the movie's release, which would have been July 3rd, let's release on the anniversary of the day Marty went back in time, which was October 26th, 1985, so that's kind of cool that they were fans enough of the movie over there in the video department to come up with that.
Renn: I think that probably works better for the fans than actually releasing it on the theatrical date.
B: It really does, it really worked out well. And then they turned it over to their technical people and there was a guy, an outside consultant who was hired, David Martin, who supervises all the Amblin stuff at any studio, and I have to give David a whole lot of credit for knowing what to do, because I hadn't even taken the Blu-ray plunge yet. I went from being an early adopter, I bought one of the first betamax's in 1976, and then the pain of throwing away all of my beta tapes 15 years later I said, "I'm not gonna be the first guy on my block with the new technology anymore." So I've gotten older, or wiser, or cheaper or whatever.
R: Probably a wise decision, the way things have accelerated since beta.
B: With the HD/BLu-ray war, I said, "I'm sitting this one out. I'm not taking any plunges on any new technology yet." And an awful lot of people had the same idea. Anyway, Dave was really there to say, "this is how we can do everything" dirt clean-up, and how to reduce the grain, but it shouldn't go away completely- and in fact, I have to give Dave a lot of credit, because I was ready to sign off on the transfers, David says, "no no no Bob, we can do better. It'll cost a little bit more." But he showed me the DVD of Twister, compared to what it looked like before, and even the technical guys at Universal said, "Yeah, we can do better." So the movies look as good as they do because of Dave Martin rattling some cages, kicking me in the ass a little bit, which I appreciate and the smart folks at Universal saying, "you know what, these movies are so good, we'll spend the extra money and go the extra mile to make sure they look and sound as great as we can do."
R: Well as great as the Blu-ray format is, there have definitely been some edition of a few movies that have dropped the ball on the image transfer, so I'm glad to hear they went that distance.
B: Yeah, and I know there's a contingent out there who think that you shouldn't reduce the grain at all, and to those folks I just want to remind everybody that when you go to a movie, you were looking at a fourth generation element- because you have the camera negative, the inter-positive (which is used to make the inter-negative), which is used to make the release prints. So every step of the way you're adding grain, you're adding dirt, you're adding aberrations, so when you can go back --and in this case we went back to an IP [inter-positive] we made in 2002 for the last DVD release, that had been rarely handled-- and they used all of the state-of-the-art equipment and all the greatest software that they have and the grain that's not there, is grain that's not supposed to be there!
Video is an electronic medium and film is a chemical medium that reacts different to light than a light-sensor does, and that's one of the reasons why film and video look different, when you reduce the grain, it should still look like film if it's a chemical process.
the whole interview is here: http://chud.com/articles/articles/26...RAY/Page1.html