Yes, it looks just like a blatant mistake by someone who had never seen all the other versions of TWOK (theatrical, VHS, Laserdisc, DVD etc) and just 'pushed a button' too far in one direction.
who knows, maybe it was shot that way and in editing, in 1982, they decided the red/brown palet would look much better. Then when the dude was doing the restoration he simply went to the original negative and went by that rather than looking to see how the director/cinematographer wanted it.
they claim that Meyer supervised the restoration, but listen to his new
commentary---at one point he is talking and realizes that it is not
the Director's cut he is watching--he is completely surprised. How big could his invovlvement be if he didn't know what cut they were using??