also, the voyager OTHELLO has a kick ass supplement, and commentary track, great disc. i think of all the laser discs i've seen, the voyager OTHELLO supplement assembly is second only to the voyager THE PLAYER supplement assembly.
if any one has seen FILMING OTHELLO, the clips of the film welles used had an ethereal, incandescent quality; deep blacks, luminous whites, no grey. none of that exists in either OTHELLO that we have. the restorers probably went through great pains to make it look normal, and sucked some of the artistry out of it. like hendrix's first record, when they mastered it, they corrected the distortion. it had to be sent back to be redone, 'no, it's supposed to sound like that.'
you know about digital editing software, what controls would i tweak to get that incandescent look in the whites, lose the grey. would be cool to redo my OTHELLO to look like welles' othello.
also would redo my copy of wyler and toland, DEAD END. first time i saw it it looked like a painting, those beautifull whites, glowing! sensational. then i saw the reconstruction, and all that is gone. it now looks normal.
4 hours of film = 64 years of rendering in the computer, i would be dead by the time i finished.
i just remembered 2 other films that the artistry in the processing was sucked out, huston's AFRICAN QUEEN, and REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE. i saw the pastel version of AFRICAN QUEEN it made it to video tape, i rented it. This was before i had any intertest in films or had read any film books, i thought i messed up the tape. i left it in my car and thought i had cooked it.
MOULIN ROUGE survived though. i didn't like MOULIN ROUGE much though i do watch parts of it now and then because it does have some good things in it.