National Velvet also has a few other things going for it.
It was directed by Clarence Brown, who’d been at it since 1915, and had to his credit the likes of The Last of the Mohicans, Flesh and the Devil, Anna Christie, Romance, Inspiration, Possessed, Emma, Anna Karenina, The Rains Came, The Yearling, and The Secret Garden.
I had always felt that Kodachrome had been used for some exteriors. Known as Technicolor mono pack, it saw use in Dive Bomber (1941), Captains of the Clouds (1942), Lassie Come Home (1943), and a few others.
It was shot by Leonard Smith, another name that folks today may not find familiar. He also began in the industry in 1915. You’ll know his later works – A Day at the Races, At the Circus, Lassie Come Home, Courage of Lassie and The Yearling.
National Velvet appears to be full three-strip, but I’m still researching in possibility that mono pack was used for some exteriors. I believe I’ve identified some. As far as overall quality, it’s a typical Warner Archive and Warner MPI meticulous restoration.
I’ve seen prints of this film over the years, but never nitrate originals, and I’ve never seen it look like this.
Magnificent in all respects.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
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