why do manufacturers or whoever 'remaster' old songs and films?

why do these bastards do it? when all it does is fck up the original song and original old film, so it is altered from how it originally was?

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  • User
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    In a nutshell: for money.

    Whether it is really bad

    depends on what

    and how

    and why

    the remastering is done.

    Some old films are only available in pretty poor quality. That is: the film itself has deteriorated, so that we no longer have a "good" copy. In such cases a careful remastering can produce a film that is closer to the original in quality than the actual copies.

    I would guess that the same is true of some old songs.

    Sometimes there is also an improvement in sound quality

    ***on our modern sound systems***

    when a mono soundtrack is "remastered" as stereo.

    But usually there are less...desirable results.

    - pieces of the film cut out ("cropped") so that the film fills modern wide screens

    - - - in many good films that "lost content" is important to the full enjoyment of the film

    - films edited in an attempt to improve them (the most horrible example IMO: the many changes made to Star Wars, the original film)


    And what makes this worse is when the original, unedited film is unavailable to the consumer. The consumer who never saw the original "doesn't know what they're missing", and the consumer who did see the original is appalled at the desecration of a beloved film.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    "Remastering" is usually a restoration of the original source material.  In the case of movies it is a frame by frame cleaning of the actual film and sometimes splicing of lost material from other copies to replace parts that have been damaged.  In the case of music it is a release from the original master copy that has been digitally processed and remixed to highlight some instruments and tone down others and to remove any noises.  For example the hiss from the original tape is removed for the digital copy to make it sound more like what was played in the studio.  You really don't want to listen to an original scratchy 78 rpm record version of Robert Johnson's Crossroads Blues versus the remastered copy.


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  • Remastered songs are okay, but I don't like colorized films.

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