The Simitar "Godzilla Vs. Mothra" is so badly encoded that you can see comression artifacting in the letterbox bars! The other real pisser about the Simitar discs is that the short clips in the trivia games are *much* better encoded than the actual features themselves... I swear that I'm not smoking crack on this.
Also, there's some very oddly specific differences in color between the Simitar widescreen "Godzilla Vs. The Thing" and every other transfer of that film, so specific that I think that it may be due to improper color grading, rather than fading. I don't have captures or times handy, but check out the scene where Takarada & Hoshi are getting "decontaminated"... on every other transfer of this film, the chambers are filled with purple gas. On the Simitar disc, the smoke is uncolored, and there's no purple color cast visible through the chamber windows, as if they aren't standing in colored light or gas at all. There's also a shot of the incubator for Mothra's egg, which is at sunset on every other transfer, but on the Simitar disc, it's graded as if it's a moonlit shot. Notice also that the last two reels of the film on the Simitar disc (which start when plans A-B-C are being described) have perfectly normal color.
The scenarios that could account for these rather specific differences could be either someone unfamiliar with the look of the film acting as telecine colorist, or they are the result of trying to compensate for some kind of fading. I suppose that if the Simitar transfer was sourced from a faded interpositive, some of these color differences might make sense. With normal color film, the yellow emulsion layer fades first, leaving the cyan as the next to go, and at the end, the magenta layer. On an interpositve, a faded yellow layer would leave the cyan and magenta layers, giving an overall purplish cast (as opposed to a fading yellow layer leaving a sickly yellow/greenish cast over a faded camera negative or internegative). Supposing this was the case with this element, whoever was doing the transfer may have tried to desaturate a purplish cast, causing the color shifts seen. The problem with this guess is that I have no idea how such a situation could explain the shots where Godzilla's breath is purple, or where the bright blue on the scale found at the beach becomes purple. "Who among us can tell?"
Last edited by Joseph Goodman
on Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.