Your Aviator DVD isn’t defective, don’t panic

June 7, 2005

AviatorI’m sure many of you have by now rented or purchased a copy of Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Aviator’, the definitive Howard Hughes biopic in my estimation, even if the ugly years were noticeably absent. If you were lucky enough to see it in the theater (proper) you may have caught onto some of the historical elements that went into the film, not only the script, costumes and sets but the actual filming process. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Many Aviator DVD owners have reported the colors being out-of-whack, washed out and other similar maladies, up to and including total the total absence of green. I assure you the DVD is functioning as intended, barring a pressing defect or serious scratch. Scorsese wanted to mimic the filming techniques that would have been available to filmmakers during the time of the events depicted, i.e. early Technicolor films which used a two-component (red blue-green) process. This process was extremely advanced for its day, but by modern standards leaves much to be desired.

Later in the film (as time moves on) the three-color Technicolor effect is mimicked, which while providing a true 3-color palette tends to bloat the overall color saturation.This is the same “Technicolor” look so many early films buffs longed for once the process was replaced by later three-strip version progressions, and onto other process’s altogether.

So in short, your Aviator DVD isn’t broken, in the defective sense, but some may indeed find the nod to Hollywood’s past annoying. If you didn’t even notice it, kudos, you were probably too busy enjoying the film.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Commentary