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#1 of 7 Michael Allred

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Posted May 24 2006 - 07:30 AM

Mr. Harris,

I know you really deal with film restoration, movies and the like but I was curious if you were ever involved in restoring concert films and how, if at all, it's any different from motion pictures.

You're probably not a fan of the band Queen but they released a collection of music videos called "Greatest Video Hits" a few years back. Mostly clips from the 70s shot on video tape as opposed to film and even though they claimed they were "remastered" (and all the typical selling points they mention) all the clips look pretty shoddy. They even created a "fake widescreen" presentation, they simply put black bars over the top and bottom of the original full frame videos (which cut off a lot of the picture and I still cannot understand why they chose to chop them up in this manner when they clearly were never intended to be seen that way.)

I've seen some quality presentations of 70s era material from video tape on DVD and they looked far superior to what was on that Queen DVD. Did they just do a poor job? Was there only so much you *can* do with video tape of that vintage?

I understand that without actually seeing the DVD I'm refering to you'll have a hard time being specific with me but if you could give some general info about the topic I'd appreciate it. (If you get a chance to ever see Queen's "Greatest Video Hits" DVD, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.)

#2 of 7 Robert Harris

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Posted May 24 2006 - 07:56 AM

Although I spend the majority of my time counting those little holes that run down the side of film, video isn't all that much different, with one exception.

As we get farther back in time, our ability to play certain tapes diminishes, especially when we get back to quad, and early A and B.

With digital technology, these concert performances can look amazingly good as long as the original video elements are accessible.

RAH

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#3 of 7 RickER

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Posted May 24 2006 - 01:29 PM

You should see what the BBC Doctor Who Restoration Team does with 20 to 40 year old Doctor Who tapes. Doctor Who looks fantastic on DVD thanks to them.
I have that Queen DVD Michael, that how i was used to seeing Doctor Who on PBS in the 80s. So i know Queen's videos could look better, but they do sound great!

#4 of 7 Tadlow

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Posted January 06 2010 - 10:41 PM

I am trying to contact Mr Robert Harris concerning the restoration of THE ALAMO, as I have just finished  a new  recording of the complete score by Tiomkin to the film and would like to speak to Mr Harris about it.

If you read this email, Mr Harris, please can you contact me on tadlowmusic@hotmail.com

James Fitzpatrick
www.tadlowmusic.com


#5 of 7 Joseph DeMartino

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Posted January 06 2010 - 11:15 PM

James:

In the nearly three-and-a-half years since this thread was opened and finished, Mr. Harris has been given his own section in the "Talk to Insiders" forum.  You should ask a moderator to move your post there, as it seems unlikely that he'll see it in this area. 

Regards,

Joe


#6 of 7 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 07 2010 - 12:41 AM

I will personally contact Mr. Harris this morning and make
certain he reads this thread.

I cannot promise a response from him. 

Ronald J Epstein
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#7 of 7 billy10388

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Posted August 19 2010 - 02:01 PM



Originally Posted by Michael Allred 

Mr. Harris,

I know you really deal with film restoration, movies and the like but I was curious if you were ever involved in restoring concert films and how, if at all, it's any different from motion pictures.

You're probably not a fan of the band Queen but they released a collection of music videos called "Greatest Video Hits" a few years back. Mostly clips from the 70s shot on video tape as opposed to film and even though they claimed they were "remastered" (and all the typical selling points they mention) all the clips look pretty shoddy. They even created a "fake widescreen" presentation, they simply put black bars over the top and bottom of the original full frame videos (which cut off a lot of the picture and I still cannot understand why they chose to chop them up in this manner when they clearly were never intended to be seen that way.)

I've seen some quality presentations of 70s era material from video tape on DVD and they looked far superior to what was on that Queen DVD. Did they just do a poor job? Was there only so much you *can* do with video tape of that vintage?

I understand that without actually seeing the DVD I'm refering to you'll have a hard time being specific with me but if you could give some general info about the topic I'd appreciate it. (If you get a chance to ever see Queen's "Greatest Video Hits" DVD, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.)


Thanks you for the post.