tonyw wrote:The problem with Blu-Ray is that it gives a false sense of what the original films supposedly looked like. Restorations of CITIZEN KANE where one can see everyone in the news screening room is one esuch example.
But the format is not to blame for this; it's all in the way the film is treated during the restoration phase (if necessary), the transfer and the encoding. I believe the Blu-ray of KANE is considerably better looking than the DVD which, as you say, was definitely too bright and featured too much digital clean-up. The reality is that I never saw a decent looking film print of KANE or, at least, one that I felt resembled what a new print in 1941 probably looked like. The Blu-ray edition seems to come closest to replicating what a first generation print would have looked like prior to all the wear-and-tear. Despite some questionable choices Warner Home Video has been making over the past decade, I have to commend them for acknowledging the mistakes with the KANE DVD issue and correcting them for the Blu-ray.
Of course, not all films are treated equally. While I've not seen the JOHNNY GUITAR Blu-ray from Olive, quite a few fans have commented on being disappointed with the transfer, although everyone seems to agree it's the best representation on home video (since previous releases have been far worse).