Every time a new home video format comes out, Disney jumps on the bandwagon and begins to release their animated films in that format claiming the image quality is 'restored' and 'better than ever'. I don't doubt Blu-Ray looks better than VHS, DVD, Laserdisc and all the other formats, but how much better can the image clarity and color vibrancy get from there?
How many times can movies like Snow White be restored and re-mastered before there's really no improvement?
I totally agree. I asked this question about DACs on DVD and Blu-Ray a few years back on some other forum and they pretty much told me that I was SO dumb for asking such a question. But I mean, like you said, there's got to be a point where the quality absolutely can't get any better or any more remastered. I think as long as new formats keep getting introduced, new technology will, therefore, they will find new ways to remaster the films.
The Snow White
2001 PE STILL looks amazing today, and I can't wait to see what Disney will do with it for next year's DVD and Blu-Ray rerelease. I know it will look just amazing and it's already my most anticipated DVD/Blu-Ray release of 2009 (I know, I'm such a dork!)
On the other hand, the 2002 Beauty and the Beast
PE was "over-remastered" and although the PE was released 6 years ago, even today it still looks like it was made within the past 2 - 3 years. I know many fans and I weren't so pleased with that because it has a "pastel-ish" look to it and it was too bright, unlike the theatrical and '92 VHS release, which had a dark and mysterious tone to it, which fit many of the scenes in the film, especially the ones that the Beast was in, before his "makeover" scene. So I have no idea how Disney's going to pull of the remastering of the next release for that, because if they make it any brighter my eyes will go into a shock! Maybe they'll tone it down to make it look more like the theatrical release, because I like it that way.
I'm not sure how many times Disney will try to pull off the remastering of their classic films until it becomes impossible to remaster it more. Until the price of Blu-Ray drops to the price that DVDs are now (generally $19.99), I'm content with buying the remastered DVDs, seeing as Blu-Ray players enhance picture quality on standard DVDs. I'm sure I will be buying the DACs on Blu-Ray for collector's purposes and I'll probably get SB on DVD AND Blu-Ray when it comes out Tuesday, because I intend to get every DAC on Blu-Ray since I don't have them all on DVD, and if I fall behind with the releases it might be too late because of the vault. And since SB will be the first DAC on Blu-Ray it only seems appropriate...