First, the opening, and all dupes, are exceedingly soft, but that what Ansco dupes looked like. Hit original production footage and everything clicks into place.
The other – don’t attempt to adjust your TV – is that all M-G-M films of the era were 1.75, not 1.85 as is noted on the back cover. The black bars on the side of your image are as they should be.
Ansco arrived in 1951, and was used for a few films. In 1952 it was used for Bwana Devil and a few other forgotten epics, including The Wild North for M-G-M. 1953 saw eight films in the process including most notably M-G-M’s The Knights of the Round Table. It was used into the mid-fifties, but records become a bit cloudy, as M-G-M changed the billing to MetroColor, which later also included Eastman stock. One of the acknowledged later films was Lust for Life, shot by Freddie Young, who averred it to be shot on leftover stock.
Other productions included Brigadoon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Kiss Me, Kate.
As a film, Fort Bravo is best known for its final gunfight, something for which director Sturges became known. Think O.K Corral.
A good film, that looks gorgeous in all its Ansco glory on this new Blu-ray
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes!
Robert has been known in the film industry for his unmatched skill and passion in film preservation. Growing up around photography, his first home theater experience began at age ten with 16mm. Years later he was running 35 and 70mm at home.
His restoration projects have breathed new life into classic films like Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo, My Fair Lady, Spartacus, and The Godfather series. Beyond his restoration work, he has also shared his expertise through publications, contributing to the academic discourse on film restoration. The Academy Film Archive houses the Robert A. Harris Collection, a testament to his significant contributions to film preservation.
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