...waitasec, this is how DP's approve transfers now? They leave the colorist a post-it saying "MAKE IT DARKER" and are never even consulted on the finished results?! Fantastic.
I don't care two bits about this release anymore, but I had to share none the less. I'm too busy drowning in my bitter, bitter laughter.
UPDATE: It gets even better!
Just so we're clear, the director of photography who was "consulted" on this dramatically overhauled HD master, based on screenshot comparisons with the previous transfer he himself was unhappy with, thinks it looks terrible. He also never "approved" of the 2010 transfer because he never actually saw it - still hasn't, from the sound of it!
Allow me to repost Twilight Time's response on the matter, with the relevant bits bolded for emphasis:
As promised, we have discussed NOTLD at the studio and are able to verify via SPE's Mastering Department, that our Blu-ray is indeed the approved transfer from 2010, generated for the film's 20th anniversary, and done in consultation with the film's director of photography. As you will have also seen on this page and elsewhere on the internet, director Tom Savini has now had a chance to view the end product and declared it "fantastic."
Approved by WHO, exactly, is what I'd like to know. Neither Tom Savini nor Frank Prinzi ever saw this master before the Blu-ray itself came out, and while Savini can say it's "fantastic" all he wants, he's wrong. And even his own DP says do.
Then again, who decides what a film's "look" is in the long run? The director, or his director of photography who actually created that look in the first place? And who's right should the two come to butting heads 30 years or so down the road, anyway? I mean, it's not like that's ever happened befo--
So, according to THE FRENCH CONNECTION controversy and even William Mother-Fucking Friedkin (if only bi proxy I admit), the Twilight Time Blu-ray release of Tom Savini's 1990 NOTLD sucks. That's about as closed a case as we're probably ever going to get on the matter, and I'm... moderately satisfied with it, I guess.