J M Powell wrote:I'm looking, but I'm not seeing what you're seeing. To me the crushed blacks look very bad on the new transfer, and that has a much more pronounced negative effect than the relatively minor gain in detail from sharpness.
For example, there's a tad more detail in the brickwork of capture #6 in the new transfer, but in capture #5 the furs are a blob and the red dress blends right into the black fur in the new transfer; there's a lot more detail in the old transfer.
It's not a minor gain in sharpness, it's a quite typical gap between some work performed more than a decade ago on a less efficient film scanner (Spirit Datacine) and an intermediate source (35mm IP) vs a much more efficient scan (4K Arriscan) of the OCN. The older disc has the typical aspect of an older HD master, with thick grain and a lack of very fine texturing of the picture (and probably some sharpening). The new restoration doesn't have this issue and instead has the usual texture and high frequencies of a brand new 4k restoration of the OCN made on an Arriscan. I mean : there is the quality coming from the scan and the restoration work, but there is what is coming from the grading itself, and these are different things with different impacts and different picture "markers".
I'd have to check in motion but it's also fairly likely the older disc has recurring wobble of the frame while the newer restoration is extremely likely to be perfectly stable because of the pin-registered scan vs edge-guided Telecine.
Also, while the newer color grading introduces the issues you're mentioning (which don't have to do with the overall definition of the picture now but with crushing details), the older disc certainly has a grading of its era, especially how it's handling contrast overall. If Lee Kline was to grade the new scan, it certainly wouldn't handle highlights and darker areas the same way at all.
So all in all, I insist : the new disc definitely looks like a brand new 4k restoration from the OCN that sadly is dumbed down by its grading but the older disc certainly looks dated nowadays. Again, you can spot this most esaily in the 5th set of caps, precisely because that's where the color grading doesn't impact too much.