I finally got myself a copy of the 1995 THX laserdisc, and it looks very similar to all the tests and other sources available. Some of the clips you guys have sent me seem to be ripped from that release, so as far as we know, its the best reference. I also noticed that while some scenes are definitely darker than on the blu-ray, (the spider scene in Sid’s room for example), I think the view master frames are still a teeny bit darker than they should be. There’s no question that the blu ray is too bright, but I think I’ll be able to find a happy medium I.E. making it darker, but without burying the blacks, just as the laserdisc appears.
Again, a HUGE thanks to swazzy for his initial idea. I wouldn’t have started this project without him inspiring me. 😃
I’ve been interested in the project mentioned in this topic for awhile, but the project seems to be abandoned.
Since no more progress has really been made, I decided to experiment with the idea and attempt a 35mm recreation of my own. The plan is to release a blu ray with a couple of bonus features, i.e. making of, trailers and tv spots, deleted scenes etc all sourced from the blu ray.
I’ve also seen some people saying something about the bluray having a different audio track then the original? My version is using the Stereo track from the blu ray, but if there really are different sound mixes out there such as the laserdisc, let me know and I’ll try to incorporate it into the project. I’ll post some screenshots of what I’ve got right now later today, as well as a restored trailer.