too late for many. Most simply wanted an HD version of a film that they loved and thought they knew. Often when a director revises something, it's at least announced or discussed. In this case, we were told 3rdhand that EVERY version, including the Coppolla approved LD, including the theatrical prints were wrong and this for the first time is accurate. Also, none of this was mentioned until after the initial, mostly negative reviews started coming in.
Flames that were, well, flame color are suddenly green like in the Dracula crawling down the wall shot. Many shots are now virtually drained of color, some shots are crushed into blackness and previously legible words superimposed over the image of Harker for effect are now invisible.
Just seemed very odd. Films are indeed entitled to be "revised" or "reduxed" but at least be upfront about it. It looks dramatically different now, probably by choice, not because every other version was wrong. Many of us just wanted a good HD version of the film that we remember and dug in the first place.
And at last with Xylon's shots, those claiming that we have inferior displays or our calibration is "off" are at last vindicated for our initial comments. It IS dark now in many shots and the colors ARE very destaurated now.
and oink, I actually got an email from a rep at zoetrope and he said that a rep from zoetrope relayed coppolla's wishes to the sony guys.