When and where were these 70mm negs found and was EL CID and FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE amongst them?
I understand there's a whole warehouse full of treasures at Pinewood Studios. About 15 years ago I was doing some stuff for Canal Plus & was talking to someone (I can't remember who) who was telling me that they didn't know half of what they had at Pinewood then (they'd just taken delivery of many large vans full of film elements), so many original negatives. I'm sure it's all been catalogued by now. I was given the original cut negs. of a few Cliff Richard musicals, to transfer from for DVD; The Young Ones, Summer Holiday & Wonderful Life, & they were all in great condition & not faded at all. We also did tests on El Cid & Circus World. These were from anamorphic 35mm b/w separation masters (probably made for insurance reasons). There is a lot of stuff in good condition out there, if only more people bought Blu-rays of old films!
I haven't read a bad thing about the 55 Days At Peking Blu-ray, & am looking forward to seeing it when it's released, I shall give it the road show treatment...a Saturday evening viewing!