I just watched Harmy’s New Hope (plus the making of youtube clip) and Empire which reminded me of something I learned in Film 101 back when I was an undergrad. This was back in the 90s so we are talking CRTs and VHS being the norm. I was told that home video could not replicate a “true” red, what we saw as red was a some sort of orange red that wasn’t the same (easy to spot if you compared the screen color to a red object). Once you see this, it is hard to unsee (much like macro blocks and smearing).
Do DVDs and LED/Plasm/LCDs still have this red limitation? The reason I ask this is that some of the magenta shots in the official releases have been recolored by Harmy and others, but in the 2.1 and Empire 1.0 it seems that what was once magenta is now either the old VHS “off” red or some sort of Venetian Red/Oxide Red/Burnt Sienna. Maybe these were the true colors as in the original prints? I don’t know. Perhaps this is why the official releases are shifted to magenta; it was a decision to shift them away from rust or orange.
Either way, thank you Harmy and all involved, the preservation are a pleasure to watch.