In 1997 Disney scanned in the original 1989 final production negative used as the basis to print the theatrical release from and then touched it all up in computers and then put it back to film. So I’m not sure we can really take a 1998 print as giving us the true original 1989 look
Where did you get that information? Also are you sure that the film-out negative was used for foreign prints and not just domestic?
The colors on this seem reallllly muted. And they have sort of a drab yellow-green tint. Do you know what color space the scanner company provided your scan in? Are you really sure it was sRGB/REC709? Just comparing your scanned samples to the quick flashlight trick picks you first showed, color seems to have gone way muted. And if you swap the profile on those images to say AdobeRGB, they start to begin to look a bit more reasonable (and perhaps they were scanned in an even larger colorspace than AdobeRGB). I sort of have a feeling that you were delivered files that were not sRGB/REC709 but then treated them as if they were?
The colours on all Disney films before Aladdin look very different to their home-video counterparts. Unless you’ve seen it recently on film yourself, then you can’t attest to how the film looks. Dr. Cooper should be able to arrange to get the print projected sometime so that will give a better idea about actual theatrical colour timing.
I think we forget that film could provide pretty rich colors, even in 1989. We are just so used to how faded out old prints become over time (other than for a few ones printed out on certain long lasting stock, which most were not).
Yes film has more density than is possible with 8-bit Rec 709. The scan done was a “single flash” SDR (standard dynamic range) scan so doesn’t provide all density that’s in the film.
Anyway, what I have, has absolutely BRILLIANT colors and eye popping saturation.
Again you need to see it projected - but sure it wouldn’t surprise me if the colour is beyond Rec709.
FWIW if we can get our hands on an English print we can arrange to scan it in HDR. 😉 There’ll be a substantial cost involved of course, but the film is definitely worthy of it.