I've been a lurker for many years as I'm a bit of collector for a lot of the older 40's stuff and do a lot of audio restoration. The great thing about IAMMMMW was I felt like Mr. Harris did such a great job explaining what was going on since the very beginning. I remember when he was talking about the restoration but there seemed to be no interest from MGM or elsewhere (besides us fans), thus no funding. I loved seeing the comparison shots of the new restored frames. When I first saw the TCM restoration I was really hoping that we would see a proper release so continued to hold out hope. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited for a proper release. This won't be the first Criterion film I've purchased, but it's certainly the most important as far as I'm concerned. It's also been very cool to be sort of involved in the process, kind of a watching over his shoulder as he worked. It's an honor to have such a fine film be restored by someone who obviously did it out of love, not the love of money. With all the uncut, unreleased, special, limited edition DVDs being released and re-released and re-released, this is honestly the first time I felt it was being done to make sure it was as pure and perfect as possible. Being along for the ride with Mr. Harris has been quite rewarding.
P.S. LOVED the screen. It's the only way to watch it at home!