Fortunately, they used it for this Bob Hope gem. A continual fan favorite, who did an immense amount for this country, I oft wonder how many fans think he’s a product of The Colonies?
The Paleface, directed by Norman Z. McLeod, was a terrific film in 1948, and remains so today. Mr. McLeod began his career working in cartoons c.1920, and made the move to feature direction in 1928. He’s responsible for Monkey Business (1931), Horse Feather, If I Had a Million, Alice in Wonderland (1933), another Kino release, Topper, The Kid from Brooklyn, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Road to Rio. His final work was another for Mr. Hope, the 1959 Alias Jesse James.
Mr. Hope and Jane Russell lead a wonderful cast, in this Ray Rennahan photographed gift to lovers of Technicolor. Music by Victor Young.
The element used appears to be a quality IP, derived from the three-strips, with all negative dirt, in attractive yellow, cyan and magenta, neatly attached to the image, but never heavily intruding.
The overall color actually represents the palette nicely, and enough of the three-strip look remains that it’s a quality example of the breed.
A wonderful film, brought to us courtesy of Kino.
I suggest that a copy be added to one’s library.
Image – 4.25
Audio – 5 (Monaural)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely!
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