Originally Posted by CatBus
There's a clash of schools of thought here. One school of thought is "if the filmmaker makes a revision to a film long after its wide public release/distribution, then that revision is the 'right' look of the film and all previous versions are 'wrong'." This is the Star Wars
school. The other school of thought is that if a filmmaker makes such a revision to a film, then both the original and the revised versions of the film are both 'right', just different versions of the same film which can be freely judged as better or worse than the other. This is the Blade Runner
The tension here is that there has been an alteration made to the film (intentional or accidental makes no difference), but only the latest revision has been released on Blu-ray. The original version, which some prefer, is unlikely to ever be released on Blu-ray. The arguments are about whether those changes were good changes to make, whether those changes were intentional (which is really irrelevant so I don't know why anyone bothers to argue this point on either side), whether they intend to buy it after they rented it or watched it elsewhere, and whether it might be possible to derive an approximation of the first version using adjustments to the second.
They are most definitely not about whether a filmmaker has the right to revisit and alter his films if he chooses.
Exactly. If they had just released both the new version and the original version we have been watching all these years prior to the EE blu, this whole mess could have been avoided and everyone would be happy. Take your pick, old or new. Unfortunately we don't have that choice like we do with something like Blade Runner.
Having said all that and while I would love to have my snow white and skies blue again, this new version is far from bad and overall still looks excellent to my eyes after watching it on my calibrated projector. The green tint when you watch the film as one normally does (not staring at comparison screenshots of old vs new) IMO is not anywhere near as bad as the screens would lead you to believe. If you are a fan of this movie, at least watch it on your own set and then judge before casting it into the fires of Mt Doom.
The cold harsh reality is this is the only version we will get on blu most likely and I would think the only possibility of getting the original is when they release the 4k version however many years down the road that will be and even then, I think it is highly unlikely that we will see the original as all signs point to this being intentional IMO. It would be great if we got the choice, but I would not hold my breath. If you are a fan of the movie, I think it's a shame to let this keep you from watching and owning this great film since chances are, it will never change.
Lordcloud, I certainly understand and respect your feelings as I have/had similar feelings, but answer me this.........have you actually watched the Extended Edition blu ray in your HT, or are all of your comments based strictly off what you have seen of the screenshots?