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#1 of 26 Robert Harris

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Posted July 24 2013 - 07:36 AM

One might wonder what goes into decision-making at Fox regarding what films to release in-house, and what to license.

 

I'm presuming that the internal distribution of Love Me Tender, a Richard Egan, Deborah Paget film, would have ended up over at Twilight Time, had it not be for the fact that it introduced of one Elvis Presley.

 

The mind sometimes plays tricks, and as I've not seen this film in years, I was interested in seeing how dye fade might affect LMT's mid-1956 color emulsion.

 

Was I surprised when the Fox logo came up in black & white?

 

Yes.

 

As photographed by Leo Tover, who after years behind the camera at Paramount and RKO, joined Fox c. 1939-40, Love Me Tender is a CinemaScope gem.

 

On Blu-ray it takes on a very interesting look.  Almost charcoal-like is some sequences.  Grain structure is delicate, shadow detail is generally good, but something is going on that gives the image a bit of a higher contrast feeling, and for a film that has a certain grittiness, especially in the opening scenes, I like it.

 

Audio is offered as both DTS-HD MA, presumably based upon the original stereo mix, and also in mono.  I'm not certain of the stereo, as it seems quite centered, and I wonder if the original elements actually survived.

 

Regardless, the audio works nicely.

 

Image - 4.5

 

Audio - 4.5

 

Recommended.

 

RAH


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#2 of 26 John Hermes

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Posted July 24 2013 - 08:36 AM

I'm glad to hear things look/sound good.  Elvis fan here.  I'll be ordering this along with the MM films released the same day.



#3 of 26 Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 24 2013 - 09:11 AM

I recall someone claiming this was originally magnetic mono only.

 

Is that possible?


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Posted July 24 2013 - 09:19 AM

The music tracks at least were discovered 20 years ago at Fox's vaults and used to create a true stereo release of the soundtrack album on CD at RCA, as they were recorded in 3-track multichannel...


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#5 of 26 Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 24 2013 - 10:30 AM

Were they three track or binaural?


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Posted July 24 2013 - 10:53 AM

I can't speak about all of the songs, but at least the title track is in true stereo. According to Steve Hoffman, who mixed the stereo version of LMT, it was recorded on 'three channel 35mm mag film at 20th Century Fox on the scoring stage.' I suppose that's probably the case for the other tracks as well.

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Posted July 24 2013 - 11:25 AM

Isn't the title song binaural with vocal on one track and guitar on the other?


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Posted July 24 2013 - 11:43 AM

The vocal is centered, guitar on one track and Jordanaires on the other.

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Posted July 24 2013 - 11:46 AM

Actually, scratch that. The Jords obviously aren't on the title track. Good question, Bob. The best info I can find is the Hoffman quote.

#10 of 26 Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 24 2013 - 11:48 AM

http://www.elvisrecordings.com/


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Posted July 24 2013 - 12:02 PM

I have the title song stereo recording...it's Elvis centered, guitar on the left and background singers on the right...


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Posted July 24 2013 - 12:16 PM

Here's a thread where Hoffman discusses the history of Love Me Tender:

http://forums.steveh...mono-mix.91346/



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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:01 PM

Ken Darby, vocal director at Fox ( and for this film) told me the film was only done in mono.

 

I also have an original pressbook for the movie.  fox pressbook ads always told if the film was in stereo.

this pressbook makes NO mention of stereo.


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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:07 PM

Ken Darby, vocal director at Fox ( and for this film) told me the film was only done in mono.

 

I also have an original pressbook for the movie.  fox pressbook ads always told if the film was in stereo.

this pressbook makes NO mention of stereo.

Joe, original 35mm 3-channel mags were located in Fox's vaults in the late '80s...the threadlink posted to Steve Hoffman's website explains how he was able to make true stereo mixes of Elvis' songs from the movie using them!!!



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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:09 PM

Luke, the mags found in the late 80's were for the recording session, not the final film.


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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:13 PM

Luke, the mags found in the late 80's were for the recording session, not the final film.

Bob, the original sound elements for this production were apparently located and used for this remix...if anybody finds it historically objectionable, the ORIGINAL mono soundtrack IS included as well on the the disc...



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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:15 PM

Ken Darby, vocal director at Fox ( and for this film) told me the film was only done in mono.

 

I also have an original pressbook for the movie.  fox pressbook ads always told if the film was in stereo.

this pressbook makes NO mention of stereo.

 

Very interesting.

 

Are there other examples of mono-only mag releases from that period?


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#18 of 26 Robert Harris

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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:17 PM

Joe, original 35mm 3-channel mags were located in Fox's vaults in the late '80s...the threadlink posted to Steve Hoffman's website explains how he was able to make true stereo mixes of Elvis' songs from the movie using them!!!

 

Sorry.

 

We need to be more explicit in defining film elements.

 

I presume that you're referencing an MED as opposed to three-track stereo, i.e.. a three track monaural mag with one monaural

track each of Music, Effects and Dialogue.

 

Is this correct?

 

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#19 of 26 Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:25 PM

The 35mm magnetic elements that were discovered were the three-channel masters for Elvis' recording session only, not the final MED or underscore.


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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:25 PM

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I think some people forget...

Just because it has more than 1 track, doesn't mean it is automatically stereo.
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