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Color correction

by on May.13, 2007, under Uncategorized

There are a lot of movies and TV shows and things from decades past that present views of the world, but with skewed colors. I mean, you watch these things and you almost get the feeling that colors were more drab back in, say, the 70s. (There’s a classic Calvin & Hobbes cartoon about this, of course.) But the colors weren’t actually less colorful back then. It’s not like reality has changed.

What I’m wondering is if anyone has tried performing some sort of color correction on old tapes and stuff. So we could really get a sense of what the world looked like back then. Not that I think it would be that different, but it might be interesting to get this perspective. I suspect the resolution might not be good in any case, but perhaps something can be done about the color…

I was struck by this after watching some episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati, on its new DVD release. The colors are pretty sharp, but you can definitely tell a certain “shift”. And the opening credits sequence looks quite dated, in terms of photography anyway. (And the two tan VW Bugs driving down the freeway!)

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