Originally Posted by JoeDoakes
Mr. Harris, in some of your blu ray reviews of late you have mentioned that in 1975, Fox junked much of their pre-1951 library. Obviously, that doesn't explain why Fox is releasing widescreen films in p&s, but I am wondering to what extent it would impact Fox's ability to release pre-1951 films. I taped Clive of India off of TCM and it looked like an ancient tv transfer. To what extent did Fox keep any of the elements from their pre-1951 films when they junked so much. Do they now mainly just have old transfers? Thanks
Their black and white library is generally in better shape than color for the nitrate era, but some earlier films do have various problems. Keep in mind that there have been various floods, fires, nitrate decamp, etc. even before the mass execution of elements.
As to color, there are ways around some of the baked in problems, but those digital means are quite expensive, and probably not within MOD budgets.
That said, Fox has a superb archival team, and when work does need to be performed, they're totally capable of doing so.
All that seems out of sync is the selection of masters for MOD releases, as they don't seem to be chosen for either quality or content, but merely for title. As I suggested earlier in this thread. I'd consider it growing pains, and am certain that the program will get up to speed as far as quality quickly.