Originally Posted by Dan Average
I wonder if the mainstream media sources that so dutifully parroted Universal's PR about "restoring" their classics for the 100th anniversary bash will follow up with reports on how generally pathetic these efforts have turned out so far. Hahahaha, who am I kidding?
Maybe not "mainstream media" but there is the chance that the New York Times will eventually do a story. That is probably the best shot for coverage of a controversy like this. Considering how long it has been since the Patton controversy, it can no longer be considered part of the learning curve-unless you want to try to argue that Universal's learning curve started much later than the other studios.
What is really sad is that Universal might think that they are catering to customers, thus improving sales. Well, it's much too late in the life of Blu-ray for a company to think that way, even if it was true that customers might like a particular look. Sony, Warner, and Fox have established the acceptable "look" for the format, and Universal might as well follow their example. Sales numbers are what they are. People aren't going to suddenly change their buying habits, and new customers are not going to appear on the scene either.
Universal should be focusing on preserving rather than "polishing" these releases.