Dan Mancini wrote:Gordon Willis gave The Godfather films a stylized look on purpose -- and he did much of it in the way he lit the picture to begin with because he didn't want Paramount monkeying with the color timing against his will. If you don't like his choices, that's simply a matter of taste. Those choices are beautifully represented on the Blu-rays, though. The color timing (which sometimes hints a sepia) is spot-on, black levels are deep to the point that they often swallow detail, and whites are frequently vivid. That's what Willis wanted.
If memory serves, the comment from the Digital Bits had nothing to do with Willis' aesthetics and everything to do with the amount of digital manipulation movies are subjected to in order to produce an image with astonishing detail -- despite the resulting artifacts making it look like the picture was shot with a video camera. In the case of The Coppola Restoration, the movie is allowed to look like a movie: detail is sometimes limited by Willis' lighting choices, and grain is always visible and sometimes prevalent. That's not necessarily the sort of look you want from a high def NFL broadcast, but it's the way celluloid (especially celluloid shot with early '70s technology) is supposed to look.
stypee wrote:You didn't feel the dark's where just a bit too dark?
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