Originally Posted by Penman
I guess my question is why the quality of a Blu-ray release should depend on the gifts and skills of a single person. Even if a studio is smart enough to hang on to their uniquely talented employee, accidents happen all the time. So why are all the best transfer eggs put in a single employee's basket*?
It's only a question of people knowing what they're doing and having the resources to do it properly. Some do, some don't. Grover Crisp does. Ron did. Now someone makes the decision, "Oh, we've got an HD transfer from five or six years ago, let's just put that out, after all how much better can it look? Well, a fresh scan would look much better because the technology is better - it wouldn't cost all that much, but if someone did it or just left it to a lab and they didn't know what they were doing, well, it could even be worse. The Searchers is a perfect example - at the time a gorgeous transfer off the VistaVision negative - beautifully sharp - but you had someone who had no idea about the color and he screwed it up. He could have easily pulled their IB Tech reference print to use as a guide, but - he didn't. That, apparently, was too much bother. So, we have a way too yellow The Searchers that looks nothing like it should other than being pleasingly detailed and sharp. And that's why you need a Ron Smith or Grover Crisp - because they CARE, they do the research and the result is The Ten Commandments, White Christmas, and Breakfast at Tiffany's from Paramount, three transfers that perfectly replicate what those films should look like, and just about any transfer coming out of Sony.