First of all, thank you for taking on this project. I’ve just downloaded your custom BD from the link you kindly provided and I love your restored colours and audio. 😃
I have a couple of questions. I’ve just done a side by side comparison with your edition and the remastered Bluray. Unless there is something seriously amiss with my set up, it appears that your version has lost some detail (possibly due to compression?). For example; if you look at the static shot at around 5:30 with David and Jack walking away down the road, there are spots on the road that are visible in the BD but not in your encode.
Also, the BD has a lot of fine yet visible grain which is missing in your version. This can be noticed when the boys walk into The Slaughtered Lamb; the painted walls show the BD’s grain nicely whereas there is none to be seen in your encode. Would you consider releasing a BD-50 version to see if a higher bitrate might correct this issue?
One other small thing: The Universal logo at the beginning seems ‘choppy’ as it zooms in. On the BD it is silky smooth. This issue does not seems to affect the rest of the film (or is too small to be noticeable elsewhere).
I hope you don’t take this a criticism of your wonderful release. I still consider it my go-to version as I don’t think I can go back to the BD colours and audio now that I’ve experienced the difference. Many thanks again.
I did have a bit of trouble encoding the Blu-ray, so it is a little compressed. However, since it was compressed to fit on a 25 gig Blu-ray, that could cause some problems as well, I.E. the missing grain. I also noticed that the beginning logos are a little choppy. That happened when I initially ripped the blu-ray and I don’t really have a fix for it. I may release a BD-50 at some point though. The raw file for my version of the movie is 58 gigs. I frankly think the color balance could have been done better too. The blacks have a reddish tone to them now, which I don’t like. Like I said though, this is just version 1. When I do the second version, I’ll be sure to address these issues. The second version may also be 2 disc!
Thanks for taking interest in the project! Your feedback is necessary to make this project as good as possible.