No reason to go over the history of the Fox nitrates again. Suffice to say, for the initiated, that we have what we have, and there is little else that anyone in the Fox archival team can do to make matters better.
Henry King's The Black Swan, starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara, as photographed by the great Leon Shamroy, is but a shadow of itself.
Color? Yes. Accurate color and densities? No.
Just don't expect anything proper.
Skin tones are off, contrast blooms, shadow detail isn't.
But The Black Swan, which won the Academy Award for Best Color Cinematography, is still a hugely entertaining pirate romp. The score by Alfred Newman doesn't hurt either.
The story is from the pen of Rafael Sabatini, who was also responsible for Scaramouche, The Sea Hawk, and Captain Blood.
Worth the $16 from Fox Connect?
Image - 2
Audio - 4