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Help: Looking For... Forrest Gump on 35mm

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In 2018, the film Forrest Gump got an Ultra HD Blu-ray release. I was pretty hyped, seeing how I and a lot of other people consider it to be one of the greatest films ever made. I was soon disappointed however, when I found out the entire film had a green tint similar to Attack of the Clones and The Matrix. I still own the original DVD and Blu-ray, but Chewielewis has stated that home video releases from that era are taken from high contrast interpositives and not release prints. So this means that nearly all home video releases of the film are not accurate to what the film actually looked like. I would like to acquire any 35mm prints of the film or theatrical recording SVCDs. Any help would be appreciated.

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There aren’t any known 35mm scans online yet. Hoping that changes in the future cuz I sure would like to see one.

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I think we need a reality check before we make anymore threads. The number of 35mm scans out in the wild is tiny, maybe 20-30, and the scans that do exsist are rather poor color references, also any in theatre recordings will also be very poor color referrences, even theatre cams shot today do not give accurate color references, let alone anything shot in 1993.

I also think we need to chill out about things “not looking like the theatrical version”.

Every o-neg sourced Bluray or 4K scan has to be regraded from the ground up. shot by shot. These films were originally color timed optically (each frame exposed to a new negative using different intensities of red, blue and green lights) and will look different when graded using modern digital grading. Sometimes these new grades can look bluer or yellower or redder than previous releasees, but its not always clear if this is more or less like a theatrical print. But it is usually to make a film feel more visually and tonally cohesive.

Now granted there are some films that go too far with their regrading, The fellowship of the ring EE bluray, the matrix Bluray, Star Wars DVD. These films are a new creative interpretation of the material, supervised by the directors or the DP.

As far as Forrest Gump goes, Id hardly call it a green tint. The film looks different to the previous Bluray release and I’d probably call that one too red and too contrasty. But the teal is very subtitle and feels tonally consistent. https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a=1&x=427&y=253&d1=13321&d2=11966&s1=133231&s2=118095&l=0&i=11&go=1

But you should just watch it, any color bias in the picture will be neutralised by your own eyes, your eyes are fantastic at balancing color, especially between cool and warm tones.

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This is my opinion, but the original Blu-ray fits the tone of the film more.