Well, for those who bash Kodak, here is an example of our design philosophy.
Why screw the customer when all you will get is complaints and lawsuits. Make the paper work as well as possible with all color negative films.
That way you have happy paper customers. It seems to work.
As a byproduct, make the paper as insensitive to errors such as temperature and handling as possible. Well, that is why you can run it at 68 deg F (20 deg C), and why you can develop it as a reversal product (cross process).
As an added hint to reduce contrast without preflashing, try adding 1/2 - 2 g/l of Sodium Sulfite to the color developer. This lowers contrast and Dmax rapidly. Also, I have not tried this but it might help. Add 0.1 - 0.5 g/L of sodium thiocyanate to the first developer.
Just thoughts to play with.