Oh boy, that was good, a nice mystery, and ramping up the tension with the room mechanics. Lots of fun.
Oh. OH. Oh NO!! This disc I rented is COLORIZED! They should slap a big red warning label on that.
Apparently I watched this film seven years ago, and I don’t even remember doing so. I first saw this story as the 1999 remake with Geoffrey Rush in the Vincent Price role. I’m sure there’s some bias because I saw that one first, but I really do prefer that one, as it is more in line with my horror-comedy sensibilities.…
After newly calibrating my projector, I notice the subtlety of the green cast of the imagery from inside the matrix. It's mostly in the flesh tones, and doesn't usually affect the black leather or dark, rainy streets, which stay pretty neutral, or even lean a tiny bit blue. An impressive and subtle color grade.
The second time seeing the film, unburdened by expectations, fears, and a burning anger at having a significant moment spoiled; undistracted by noticing callbacks for being callbacks and just now seeing them in the context of the new story… this is a fine, fine Star Wars film.
Also, way better in 2D. Seattle Cinerama's laser projection is the best way to watch this film.