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Color Regrade Project Candidates?

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Thought it might be useful to have a thread where people can list movies they know of that have had severe color changes on blu ray releases when compared to previous DVD/LD releases.

Could give inspiration to people looking to start a new project or new joiners looking for a way to contribute.
I know very little about the situation for this movie personally as I do not own any copies of this movie atm, but I've looked a bit into The Spookies and sort of noticed that on the newer Vinegar Syndrome 4K restoration, the movie looks exceptionally bright and neutrally timed with a lot of gelled lighting looking sickly pastel.

It sort of stuck out to me as I seem to vaguely recall seeing brief clips of the movies ages ago looking far more vivid and immediately I stumbled across videos of it being soaked in rich blues.

What's more, is that it seems this older release (not sure which one though) is sourced from some later-generation film element as is showcases reel marks. At the end of the clip below (at the 1:43 mark), you can see the cue in the top right corner.

So whilst I am not personally in a position to do such a regrade job myself, I'm sure some fan of the movie out there on the forum may be intrigued by the opportunity to do a regrade job to recreate the movie's original photochemical timing.
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It's gonna need a lot more work than just a color grade fix, but I would LOVE to see someone take the Director's Cut of Rocky 4 and remove that heavily pushed blue tint the entire film has and make it look more like the theatrical in all its neutral color timing glory.
Another movie I just randomly remembered that could make for a regrade project would be Lucio Fulci's City Of The Living Dead.

Although the label is rather infamous, Dark Force Entertainment a while back put out a blu-ray that contains a 35mm print scan of the movie which sports a very dark-blue photochemical grade overall that is quite drastically different from the other existing blu-rays out on the market.

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Though I personally would sooner wait until a UHD release is put together before attempting such a project (especially given the fact that Arrow seems to be on the trend of re-releasing their previous 4K restorations in UHD as of late), it'd certainly be an interesting endeavor either way to regrade one of the 4K-restored masters (not sure which would be more suitable; perhaps an auto-overlay of the two masters to get the maximum quality if sticking to the standard HD releases) to the print scan.
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Nico aka Above The Law. Blu Ray/DVD

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Deep Blue Sea. Blu Ray / DVD:

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The Running Man. UHD/DVD

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The Shadow Blu Ray / Laserdisc

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Outland Blu Ray / LD

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Eraser Blu / DVD

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