Originally Posted by Thebarnman
I may be wrong about this, however I thought the THX version was the only THX version of Halloween out there.
There is, as we have been discussing in subsequent posts, most probably one THX transfer version of the film
but Anchor Bay has released a few versions of the title with this THX certification and so that's where my confusion was coming in -- I own the variant that contains one disc but does include the "Unmasked" documentary extra and the remastered widescreen transfer (along with a pan and scan variant on the same disc, which more than likely added to compression issues) as well as the reworked Dolby Digital 5.1 track. I believe the version I picked up -- with no fancy packaging but rather just the flat, mask-only cover on the keepcase -- came out around '99 but since then there were releases of the film on DVD that came in "Limited Collectors Editions" and then, of course, the 25th Anniversary cut which boasted the DiviMax transfer (which was not the transfer seen on the THX releases)...
By the way, THX means a lot of things, though mainly in terms with the DVD copy you have, the video quality, audio, color, contrast, noise, compression (video and audio) along with a lot of other ways of measuring end quality (for example; quality checks with the disc manufacturing itself) is set up to make sure the final output disc plays back with the quality expected from the master. It's a simple (or very complex) way to make sure quality control is tight to make sure what comes out of the consumer disc is exactly what was put into it regardless of how good or bad the source, color mastering, audio good or bad etc. is. If something is poorly mastered and manufactured through THX standards, the final disc will be just as poor as the master. Nothing more, nothing less.
THX for a movie theatre is a whole other set of standards including types of wiring, audio output, distortion levels, sound isolation from one auditorium to the next etc.
I fully understand the logistics behind the THX certification process -- I wasn't making a "big deal" out of this query because I am a "THX fan boy" or anything of the like; I just wanted to know if the version I own is technically (merely) just the same THX release but without the added bonus material of subsequent releases (i.e. the aforementioned "Limited Collector's Edition" runs which looked like this:)
Now, the 25th Anniversary (Region 1) DVD came with the DiviMax treatment which supposedly "brightened up" the imagery with boosted contrast and some cleaned-up visuals but it changed the way the THX version looked, to many fans' dismay; those looked like this:
Now let's talk about the audio from the movie Halloween. I do know, if a identical audio track level is lower on one disc and higher on another, the amplifier does not work any harder (or less hard) regardless how much more you have to turn up or down the volume. One watt is one watt, 10 watts is 10 watts and 100 watts is 100 watts (regardless on how the volume control is set.) On the other hand, if the dynamic range is extended or wider when compared to a track that's compressed, the amplifier will have to work harder to handle the louder parts of the movie...and then mainly, if there's lots of high level low frequency information.
If the two tracks are identical though only different in encoded audio levels, you will be the one compensating with your volume control (one way or the other) to get the volume level to the desired output. The output will be exactly the same and the amplifier will not be working any harder or less hard.
I know -- I just happen to personally prefer
"slighly overcooked" mixes...so if the DolbyTrueHD track on this new release seems a bit "quieter" as compared to the previous releases' tracks (multichannel PCM/Dolby Digital) compared even at the same given levels, that is something of concern to me.
By the way, talking about colors between the different releases; the new edition is slightly on the bleak side (as far as outdoor color temperature is concerned helping to create a sense of helplessness.) Another words, not as cartoonish when directly compared to the first Blu-ray (as high contrast, more saturated colors are more suited for comedies) though I don't know how the colors compare to the THX edition, (with the newest edition) except for a scene with some trees in it.
Not sure exactly what went wrong with Anchor Bay/Starz's first cheap-o, stripped-down joke of a Blu-ray, but I agree about the high contrast not working for a film like this (the problem that fans complained about on the aforementioned 25th Anniversary DVD which sacrificed more rich but toned-downed colors for brighter, pop-off-the-screen visuals). Like I said, I am going to revisit the THX DVD this October 31st, but from what I recall, the "oranges" and "reds" of fall are correctly in place -- whether that was something Cundey originally wanted or if it was altered with filters, etc...
Back in 1978 when I first saw the film, my attention was focused on Michael Myers popping out from the bushes with little to no regard to the color of the trees to the upper right of the frame.