The Barry Lyndon opening as it should be
I’ve been luxuriating in the goodness of the new Barry Lyndon blu-ray and it’s fantastic (I sleep with it on a pillow next to me each night), but I’ve got a small issue with it and indeed a lot of DVDs of classic films these days. No, I’m not talking about the ridiculous 1:66 vs. 1:78 or 1:77 or 1:85 aspect ratio controversy. I’m talking about the studio logo that comes before the actual film. You can see above what it originally looked like.
The new blu-ray has the fancy new Warner Bros. logo which is fine, but it’s just not the same. It feels like a part of the movie has been tampered with and not a small part either. The introduction. The setting of the tone. That logo with that music in this movie are of a piece.
Except now they’re not.
Yes, I know it’s not a big deal. It’s even less of a deal than the aspect ratio thing, but they do the same thing with the old James Bond movies and it just feels wrong.
Studio ownerships change and logos have to reflect that, but if you must, show the “Warner Bros. A Time Warner Company” logo first, then show the original logo as it played at the time.
Is that so much to ask?
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