Originally Posted by JSUL
Is is not sad that, for some reason, we get excited at the prospect of a bluray release (or re-release in some instances) of a film near and dear to us, only to find out 'something is not right' with it.
Be it proper framing, correct aspect ratio, color timing, audio, edits.....maddening!
It makes me wonder who is in charge in these decisions and why more thought and attention to detail is not being used.
I think very early on, it didn't matter except for the very few who knew the differences. Just the fact a movie that could be shown FULL LENGH in the home, uncut and without commercial interruption was a breakthrough. Another words, just the fact it worked was quite amazing! Also during the late 1970s, there was another way to watch theatrical movies in the home, that being the use of 16mm and 8mm film. A very costly purchase along with much dedication for each viewing and of course, the cost of bulbs. Even with those disadvantages, resolution, screen size, color and with some releases, correct aspect ratios was achieved. Unfortunately, full length movies were mostly cut down to 20 minutes or so to keep expenses down! Here's an example of one! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Super-8mm-Jaws-2-400ft-Letterbox-version-Sound-P2-/281092235790?nma=true&si=HsBagNz%252BUfwylZx1FxNVefRdVRk%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
To see something like that in the home was something else!
TVs during that time was 1:37:1 and many would have been confused if original aspect ratios would have been used, so the ratios were cropped to fit TVs of the day. When letterboxing was first used, many have screamed then, and some still do today; even with the wider HDTV screens we're accustomed to today. Though thankfully, it's much less of an issue because of the larger screen sizes being sold today.
Music many times through the years has been altered because getting the rights for home video release is sometimes very costly or difficult at best. In some cases, certain movies have been delayed for years because of this very issue. Of course today that's not a problem since today's movie agreements include home video usage.
Edits like you say, can be maddening. Unless, it's clearly stated a movie had been altered in some way and a good reason given; we should all scream if something has been altered.
And of course brightness, contrast and color. All of those items continues to improve and can be pretty close to being spot on even given the fact there are still differences between how something looks on film when compared to how it looks on video. However, those kinds of details (particularly with older movies;) can be lost if certain key people are not involved with the transfer or are no longer around.
Today with high end home video equipment being what it cost, along with those who have dedicated theatre rooms and use their own calibration equipment, (or paying someone to calibrate their equipment) to keep everything on spec, it's not surprising or unreasonable (at least to me;) of those who get "excited" about something not being exactly the same as it was while being displayed in a high end movie theatre.The theatrical experience in the home, after all; is the stated goal