Reference B&W Titles?

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  1. Arnie G

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    I'm really getting into older movies lately & wondered what B&W movies have great transfers. There are other reference video threads, but none I could find for B&W.
     
  2. Kevin Porter

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    I'm no DVD video quality expert but I believe the following are regarded as great transfers.

    Casablanca: SE
    Citizen Kane
    The Man Who Wasn't There

    Out of the 3 I'd probably say The Man Who Wasn't There is the best transfer.
     
  3. Vic Cordova

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    haha, the man who wasn't there doesn't technically qualify as an "old" movie, just a great b/w movie
     
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    Sunset Boulevard
     
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    8 1/2: Criterion
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    Casablanca: Special Edition
    The Elephant Man (1980)
    Citizen Kane (however, it's advised that you turn the brightness down a few notches)
    Frankenstein (1931)
    A Hard Day's Night: Collector's Edition
    Harvey
    Metropolis (Restored)
    The Mummy (1932)
    Notorious: Criterion
    Phantom of the Opera: Ultimate Edition (1929 version)
    Sunset Blvd.
    Yankee Doodle Dandy
    Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    Young Frankenstein (only flaw is that it's 4:3 LB)
     
  6. Adam_Reiter

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    I would say definately The Ox-Bow incident. Great picture! Look for my review of it.
     
  7. Dick

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    HUD (2.35), just about to come out
    LAST PICTURE SHOW (1.85), out
    TOUCH OF EVIL (1.85), out
    KISS ME DEADLY (1.66), out
    THE INNOCENTS (2.35), not yet available
    GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1.33), out
    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1.33), OOP
     
  8. Marc Colella

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    Lenny (1974) has an incredible B&W transfer, and it's dirt cheap.
     
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    I think The Day the Earth Stood Still is pretty darn stellar.
     
  10. Andrew Bunk

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    How about Wings Of Desire? Although parts some parts are in color...
     
  11. Larry Sutliff

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    MGM's release of the obscure 1933 Karloff classic THE GHOUL is one of the finest b&w transfers I've ever seen. Also, the new Basil Rathbone SHERLOCK HOLMES DVD's are top notch.
     
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    Wait, did somebody say BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN was a great looking transfer? I've gotta disagree (as did several folks when the DVD was released). I'm really hoping Universal does some work on it when it resurfaces...
     
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    Now, Voyager was quite impressive.
     
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    Off hand and to add to other suggestions;

    The Bad & The Beautiful
    Mildred Pierce
    Now Voyager
    Dark Passage
    (or any of the new Bogarts)
    Billy Liar
    Sullivan's Travels
    The Prince & The Pauper
    Objective - Burma!
    How Green Was My Valley
    (and pretty much any of the Fox Studio Classics)

    ...and loads more that I can't think of right now, but can I recommend pretty much any of the films given the thumbs up in Barrie Maxwell's excellent columns over at the bits.

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    So many films, so little time...
     
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    THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958)

    RED BEARD (1965)

    BLACK SUNDAY (1960?) (The Mario Bava horror movie, not the one with the terrorists)
     
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    Criterion's The Passion of Joan of Arc blew me away.
     
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    'To Kill a Mockingbird' is in great condition.
     
  19. Herb Kane

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    My Four favorites are:

    Casablanca SE
    The Bad & The Beautiful
    Sunset Boulevard
    Now, Voyager
     
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    Craig: You are correct that the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN DVD is not great. I guess I was thinking theatrical, and of the incredible lighting used during the climactic "birthing" sequence, which would qualify as some of the finest B&W cinematography of the early years. We do need a new transfer.
     

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