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Hitchcock's UNDER CAPRICORN - any chance of a restoration?


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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   ljgranberry

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Posted August 30 2014 - 05:57 AM

I recorded this from TCM the other night, and the film looks to be in terrible shape.  Does anyone know of any chance this has of being restored?  I know it's reputation is not great, but being a huge Hitchcock fan, I would love to see the film, but major work needs to be done on it.


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Posted August 30 2014 - 06:04 AM

I recorded this from TCM the other night, and the film looks to be in terrible shape.  Does anyone know of any chance this has of being restored?  I know it's reputation is not great, but being a huge Hitchcock fan, I would love to see the film, but major work needs to be done on it.


I've never seen this one, but have been picking up all of the Hitchcock blu ray releases

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Posted August 30 2014 - 06:13 AM

I recorded this from TCM the other night, and the film looks to be in terrible shape.  Does anyone know of any chance this has of being restored?  I know it's reputation is not great, but being a huge Hitchcock fan, I would love to see the film, but major work needs to be done on it.

 

I believe the BFI did a restoration of this title, the channel you watched probably had an older master of it.


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Posted August 31 2014 - 06:39 AM

Doesn't appear to have been restored!

 

http://www.dvdcompar...lm.php?fid=7390


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Posted August 31 2014 - 08:51 AM

Doesn't appear to have been restored!

 

http://www.dvdcompar...lm.php?fid=7390

 

The BFI restored the film, whether it has reached the home market as a dvd is another thing.


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Posted August 31 2014 - 09:04 AM

The BFI restored the film, whether it has reached the home market as a dvd is another thing.

Let's hope it does, because the version TCM showed was in horrible shape.

 

BTW - has anyone seen the BFI restoration?  Any thoughts on it?



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Posted August 31 2014 - 09:10 AM

Let's hope it does, because the version TCM showed was in horrible shape.

 

BTW - has anyone seen the BFI restoration?  Any thoughts on it?

 

Here is a link to someone who has, from 2011.  They are saying they saw the BFI restoration at a cinema and then saw a dvd that they claim comes close to what they saw at the cinema, i'd caution about the dvd part but it mentions the restoration.

 

The fact the dvd doesn't have the introductory title cards mentioning the restoration and is faded should tell you the reviewer did not see the restored version on dvd but it also shows he did see a restoration of the title at the cinema.

 

http://realmofcinema...icorn-1949.html

 

The print I saw was a BFI restoration and it was beautiful.  Most DVD production companies when working on three-strip Technicolor alter the tone and intensity of the color to make it look contemporary.  Technicolor is supposed to have a subtler palette than we’re used to.  Most of Under Capricorn has a grayish look, partly because of set and costume design, but the palette was softer than I was expecting.  Only The Criterion Collection’s Technicolor releases retain a film-like look among American DVD production houses.  Thankfully, Image Entertainment’s excellent DVD of Under Capricorn does, too.  Until seeing the BFI restoration on screen I was convinced Image used a bad print, but their DVD seems to have used the same restoration.  I noted only two differences: the blue introductory titles cards regarding the restoration are missing on the DVD, and overall the film has a slightly more faded look than the 35mm print, but fans eager to see Hitchcock’s rarest Hollywood film should not hesitate in purchasing Under Capricorn on DVD.


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Posted August 31 2014 - 09:52 AM

Good discussion, but it doesn't belong in the TV forum. :)
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