Your thoughts on the possibility of:
a.) Blu Ray of COMPLETE Hollywood Bowl 1968, transferred from the original 16mm unedited source reels and then redited in high definition
b.) New 5.1 surround mix from Botnick
c.) Companion compact disc of the complete concert
The 1987 home video release probably had it's 16mm film elements transferred to u-matic tape (standard back in the day) for editing at horizontal resolution of a mere 330 lines. Remember this was intended in 1987 for release on consumer grade VHS tape, which yielded only 240 lines of low resolution visual information.
Fast forward to 2009. If they digitally scanned the original source 16mm reels at several thousand lines of resolution, created a new edit digitally, color corrected digitally, cleansed the print digitally, and then downsampled the final edit to 1080 lines for Blu Ray, the results could look quite stunning visually. It would be a snap to remove lint, scratches and imperfections digitally compared to the primitive and even barbaric technology available back in 1987 for home video production.
Add to this a high resolution 5.1 mix and you've got one hell of a great product to warrant a re-edit.
There were also some great suggestions by others here on this board of offering multiple camera angles on the Blu Ray disc. At a minimum the Blu Ray should be re-edited by an objective third party director. The 1987 edit leaves things to be desired. Incomplete and somewhat indulgent. Please lose the exploding Doors logo
The slow mo photography (probably done in-camera back in 1968 by increasing the filming speed) is quite dated and could be corrected digitally to run at normal speed.
Any chance of this happening as part of a near or long term product roadmap?
Edited by hardrockcafe, 13 November 2009 - 12:46 AM.