Here is something I've been wondering lately (and I'm not a cinematographer, so I have no direct experience of this). How consistent are the results of processing in a single lab from roll to roll in major MP labs. But even more importantly, is there a difference between different labs? I assume these days things are pretty much standardized and most labs will produce same results unless something goes wrong (am I right)?
I remember hearing somewhere that in the "old days" (whatever that means...what timeframe are we talking about?) labs made their own chemistry, so I assume you could get different results between technicolor London, Rome, Rank, Metro etc. Right? When I say "different" results, I mean differences in contrast, colors (I read somewhere that some labs had trouble with silver retention so it affected colors), edge effects etc. Some of the european films from 60's and 70's, don't seem to exhibit the same color fidelity as some US movies from the same time, but I suspect it has to do with bad video transfers and not with the actual film, but I have no way of knowing.
Anyone have any experiences or thoughts on the matter?