A Few Words About A few words about...™ Hell's House -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    One of the more interesting things about generic packaging and logos, is the occurrence of films, fully in the public domain, being heralded as Copyrighted by distributors.

    Case in point, Kino's new Blu-ray, based upon a 35mm nitrate print, as preserved by tax dollars by the Library of Congress.

    While Kino can certainly claim packaging artwork, and title screens, the WARNING on the back cover seems to be a bit overreaching.

    Unfortunately, situations of this type, tend to cloud what is truly protected, and what is not.

    There's nothing wrong with releasing a PD film to Blu-ray, but the only protection that might be afforded, if copied and released by another entity, might be litigation for conversion.

    More important to the above minutia, is the film at hand.

    Early Bette Davis, pre-code -- that's about it.

    Still nice to see it available.

    The overall condition of the film element, a well-used 35mm nitrate print, with occasional scratches, nitrate de-comp, and missing frames, is what it is. As this may be the sole surviving element, this is as good as it's going to get.

    The point should also be made, that with the lack of popularity and overall importance of this film, one would be hard-pressed to allow funds toward even a decent digital clean-up.

    For those seeking early work by major artists, the release is of interest.

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