Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Posted 21 May 2005 - 11:59 PM
Storaro's photography for the Rennie Harlin version was darker (more night scenes, more stagebound) but curiously greyish, desaturated, as if Harlin tried to make it more like Darius Khondji in timing the D.I.
The Schrader version has more daytime scenes, more Moroccan landscapes, more classic Storaro orange sunset interiors -- overall much more in Storaro's line. More classically composed and edited.
But the releasing company cheaped out and did this latest version by transferring an HD master to 35mm anamorphic (trimmed to 2.39, rather than a scope print side-matted to Storaro's 2:1 framing in 3-perf Univisium.) And it looked like an HD transfer; not enough contrast (a no-no for Storaro photography), scenes timed too bright for night, Storaro's rich colors somewhat pastel (but at least not all greyish monochrome like the Harlin version), poor blacks, and a LOT of edge enhancement artifacts. I almost thought I was watching something shot in HDCAM.
But buried in all that poor post work was the ghost of some nice work by Storaro, nothing showy, but rich nonetheless, sometimes a little like "The Sheltering Sky."
To be screwed by the release prints of two different versions of the same project... I'd be pretty pissed off if I were him.
Posted 22 May 2005 - 01:54 AM
Posted 25 May 2005 - 04:58 PM
Any idea if it was an HDCam, HD D5, or HDCam SR master?
Probably HD-D5 but it looked so bad, I would have guessed PAL Digital Betacam! It looked like sharpened standard def video, it was so edge-enhanced. I doubt it was HDCAM-SR unless it was a terrible color-correction job.