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Lolita (1997) Blu-Ray Color Correction/Matching to 1997 Masters

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I’ve been working with Dr. Dre’s color match tools, and I’ve considered taking the Blu-Ray of Lyne’s 1997 version of Lolita and doing a more faithful color correction according to what it looked like on pretty much every version before the BD, including the theatrical prints and original TV airings, what I call the 97 Master. I’ve done a test with the first half of what would be about the length of one reel (reel one). Anyone interested? Here’s some examples. DVD, BD, BD matched:

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Thanks for this thread, I’d definitely be interested in having a more faithful representation of the movie. I guess “faithfulness” works on several levels as also the version from 1997 is way more authentic in regard to the original story and in my opinion way better than the toned down and almost comedy-like Kubrick version.

I suppose you’re talking about the DVD versus the German Blu-ray, right? As far as I am aware, it’s the only official HD release so far. While overall it is definitely a decent upgrade, not only is the color grading different but also the contrast has been boosted a bit:

http://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a=1&x=442&y=188&d1=5198&d2=5199&s1=48485&s2=48496&l=0&i=2&go=1

Would be interesting to see a HDTV rip if it has been ever shown on TV.

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Yes, this is the DVD vs the German BD. All the SD releases (VHS, DVD, etc.) used the same master from what I can gather, using the same color grading. The DVD colors are the accurate tones after looking at an eBay listing of 35mm cells from the movie, which have the DVD’s grading.

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