Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman /t/1482281/wb-christmas-anniversary-editions-elf-christmas-story-scrooged#post_23548426
How about Christmas Vacation with a brand new 4k transfer from restored elements? It's easily as good as the original... and some parts are even funnier! The current Blu-ray is atrocious.
Originally Posted by seanbryan /t/1482281/wb-christmas-anniversary-editions-elf-christmas-story-scrooged#post_24079092
Any word if Elf is a new transfer? Would be nice to have a version that isn't all DNR'd. I thought the BD looked fine on a smaller TV, but it looks pretty poor on a larger screen.
The steelbook had the same old video transfer and encoding, but a new DTS lossless encoding of the audio, rather than a low bitrate lossy Dolby Digital track like the previous version.Sorry for the necropost but I can't find anywhere if A Christmas Story is a new remaster over the previously released versions.
Warner is loosening up on this little by little. The recent reissues for Christmas Vacation and Home Alone were both remastered from new 4k film scans.WB loathes remastering previously issued movies on the same format. They rarely do it, even for popular movies.
If that were the case Sony would not be doing so many remasters. All the studios are just as guilty as WB in needing obvious remasters and being sloppy. They all have a mixed record in this regard.WB got caught pushing out a lot of sloppy transfers very early in the HD DVD/Blu-ray lifecycle, possibly due to financial incentives. The other studios were more selective for the most part, so they had fewer Blu-rays out that needed obvious remasters.
WB has also released redos for Lord of Rings, Superman (boxset), Caddyshack, Excalibur, Road Warrior (new encode) and the Fugitive just to name a few.They did it for Goodfellas and Enter The Dragon as well. I was unaware Christmas Vacation received a new remaster. Home Alone is handled by Fox.