Originally Posted by TitusTroy
I still don't understand how anyone can look at any of the screenshot comparisons and say that the 2007 version looks better...it's a night/day difference...it's not even about personal preference but rather about director intent and preserving that look as closely as possible...the 35th Anv. edition is still probably not 100% correct in its color timing but it's 1000 percent better then the 2007 version...unless you like overly bright images in every frame
I'll try to explain my PERSONAL preference for the 2007 disc, which I do not project onto anyone else. Let me preface this by saying that I'm a professional cinematographer and I've made my living shooting feature films since 1996. I've color-timed photochemically and I've been through many digital color sessions. My first 18 features were all shot on film (35mm and Super-16), and my last 9 have been digital formats (RED, RED Epic, Alexa, Sony F35). I'm a film-grain lover and despise excessive DNR when it rears its ugly head.
I'm aware that the OPINION I'm about to express is inconsistent with my claim to be a "purist", and is considered heresy by many in my profession. Ready?...
I don't care what HALLOWEEN looked like in the theaters. I don't say that about many other releases, but HALLOWEEN is special to me. It's in my personal "Top Five" of all time, and I grew up with it on VHS. Blech... I know, I know. I was seven years old when it came out in 1978 and I didn't have the kind of parents that would take me to see it. My experience of HALLOWEEN has always been "lo-fi", with mono sound and frankly less-than-stellar image. I embraced the Criterion laserdisc and was thrilled to have the original aspect ratio back, but I did NOT like the THX dvd since I felt it went too far with digital manipulation of the colors. For me, the 2007 disc is the perfect balance: mono soundtrack with an image that's good enough to call "HD" but lo-fi enough to bring back my own personal memories of growing up with this film. The new disc is beautifully textured and renders detail far better than the old, but it just doesn't feel like "my" HALLOWEEN. Look at capture #12 on the caps-a-holic site:
The entire framed is "baked" with blue tint on the new release. That's just not something I respond to as a DP or as a viewer. I prefer the multiple color temperatures going on in the 2007 disc. And I know the older 2007 disc is actually TOO colorful, so you know what?... I simply reduce the color saturation on my projector when I watch it and it feels right again. The sad fact is, I have "re-color-timing" notes for about 1/4 of the discs I own. LOTR FELLOWSHIP Extended Edition and the new TERMINATOR release are too green to my eyes... but I have an offset for those. The Image release of John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 is too washed out for me... but I have an offset for that. (I'm interested to see the new SCREAM FACTORY release of this!)
Well that's it. I don't fault anyone for loving this new and admittedly very film-like presentation. My story is my own, and I'm sticking with the 2007 release.