Hal Roach, in his over ten-year career, produced well over twenty-five short films as well as a few features.
It’s nice to see that some of his work is being restored and preserved, at least as data.
Hopefully, analogue preservation is also being created.
The majority of the short look wonderful, with comfortable gray scales, and black levels, although original grain seems to have been lost during the clean-up process – something that’s not totally unavoidable when using automated procedures.
This won’t affect the appreciation that will come from fans finally seeing the film in quality form.
Some main title sequences are extremely dupey or rough, but also possibly unavoidable.
This is very much one of those “it is what it is” situations, where unless far more were to be expended, options are limited as to both element selection, as well as restorative procedures.
Tracks seem fine, and the high end has not been digitally removed.
Volume 2 on the way.
Image – 3.5
Audio – 4
Pass / Fail – Pass
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