Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger
Striking a new film transfer from the original camera negative and then using the most current scanning technology is by far the number one factor in determining the image quality. But that process costs much more money for a studio than reusing an old HD master created several years ago for DVD and running it through heavy DNR.
There's no need to create new elements just for the transfer though, as most of the recent high-profile remasterings (Gladiator, Alien, Bond movies, Taxi Driver, Godfather etc) have gone straight from the negatives.
Anyhoo, I'm also of the opinion that's it's all about the source, and how much properly-directed
care and attention a studio is willing to expend on it. The whole thing revolves around cash money, so we can't expect 4K scans off of negatives for every single catalogue title, granted.
But it puzzles me how some studios are really stepping up when it comes to preparing catalogue titles for Blu-ray, while others are still content to wheel out ancient masters and then slather them with DNR and EE. Perhaps it's because the end result is still the same, as far as units sold is concerned? In other words, they're not exactly selling like hot-cakes no matter how much or how little money/care/attention is spent on preparing them.