Originally Posted by eliocon
Originally Posted by kbarnes701
It's not a 'sepia tone'. Old B&W movies used a different colour temperature - IIRC it was 5700. Edit: 5400?
The color temperature is dictated by the projector bulb not the film. Black and white film is shades of gray. And there were zero controls from one theater to the next over the temperature of the bulb. We can make a guess depending on the era the film was shot, and the bulb technology of the time, what might be the color of temp of the bulb but I think it's a little bit of a stretch to say that B&W movies were intended to be viewed at any particular color temp. There were no standards for theatrical projection bulb color temperature at the time.
It's way more complicated than that. It is not correct, for example, to say that colour temperature is dictated by the projector bulb and not the film.
For example, Daylight balanced film stock will accurately record colours in daylight, c. 5,500k whereas Tungsten balanced film will accurately record colours in warm light, c. 3,000k.
To properly understand the colour temperature of old B&W movies requires knowledge of the common film stocks in use at the time. Theatrical projection could of course influence the projected colour temperature (by the bulb) - but different film stocks have as much impact in the final result. At the end of the day, the B&W mode that Epson offers is just a subjective preference thing - some may like it and think it makes old movies look more like they remember seeing them in a theatre at the time, others may not like it because they perceive it as 'too warm'. It's not a big deal and doesn’t really matter - there are loads of features on any domestic PJ these days that many people like, and equally as many hate - eg Dynamic Mode, various forms of frame interpolation, dynamic irises etc etc etc.