Please don’t take this the wrong way guys, but I still have a copy of The Terminator on vhs, and it isn’t that blue. The color was always pretty neutral, except for the future scenes which are always blue (though some trailers have those scenes look very pink/magenta pushed. Probably Cameron’s floodlights to help the blue once the filters were added. Same thing for T2 trailers).
Even older home video transfers often made changes to color, so that’s not really valid without further proof to suggest it retained the color timing.
I also have a very old German dvd of Terminator that looks like it was taken from a film print (lots of print damage and cigarette burns), and it’s actually very teal, but not the same kind of teal like the blu-ray. It’s more natural, if that makes any sense.
Here’s some screencaps:
It’s the first DE/German dvd on the left. The only one with a 1.66 aspect ratio.
That’s better, but it still isn’t a perfect source.
The goal of this project is to recolor the BD to make resemble the original timing as closely as can be approximated. Since koasjm watched an original 35mm print and gave his notes just afterwards, and then after looking at my regrade tests said that the print wasn’t far off, I’m going to assume I’ve accomplished that. I do hope that a 35mm scan of The Terminator will come to the OT community sometime, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 😄