I’ve finally decided on what my very first project will be: The Ring.
The Ring (2002) is one of my favorite horror movies. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray release is even scarier than the movie itself. It suffers from an EXTREME green tint throughout the whole movie. While the movie was always very cool in its palette (which matches the mood quite nicely), the Blu-ray takes it to a whole other level. Fortunately, the DVD’s colors are much better. So, I’m going to use Dr. Dre’s Color Matching and Color Balancing tools to fix this thing.
I tried using the Color Matching tool without the Balancing, but Balancing first gave better results.
Here’s a comparison (Sorry for the super high resolution on these, that was a mistake on my part):
DVD vs. Blu-ray: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/207981
I’ve done a quick test with the tool on this screenshot with promising results:
Blu-ray vs. Corrected and Balanced Blu-ray: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/207980
DVD vs. Corrected and Balanced Blu-ray: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/207979
It’s not perfect, but it is MUCH better. In addition, you may notice slight cropping issues with the BD-to-BD comparisons, those are my doing, and certainly wouldn’t be present on the release. The slight pixellation in the corrected BD shots are also my fault, not the tools.
Fortunately, the tint seems to be fairly consistent across the movie, so I might not need to do a shot by shot correction, though it is a definite possibility.