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  1. RPMay

    General Discussion Numerous jump cuts in recent Watch TCM films...

    TCM, and especially TCM On Demand thru Spectrum has this problem. This service needs some serious technical upgrading. On Demand programs are much less sharp than their direct broadcasts. Audio has a heavy hiss whenever there is no other sound going on.
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Show Boat (1951) – in Blu-ray

    Regarding KING SOLOMON'S MINES, the OCN was not involved in the GEH fire. The original photography was Technicolor MonoPack (actually Kodachrome) for the location sequences, and 3-strip for interiors shot in the studio. The difference in quality is obvious, and the MonoPack can never be of the...
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Show Boat (1951) – in Blu-ray

    I'm really glad to see that this has been properly remastered from the 3-strip Technicolor negatives. When we did the preservation on film, around 20+ years ago, for some reason it was a problem getting proper contrast. As I remember, this was not only the beginning of MGM using magnetic...
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ A Tale of Two Cities – in Blu-ray

    This is one of the films that got me interested in movie history. When I was in Jr. High we had 16mm cut-downs of a few of the MGM literary features, running about an hour, designed for classroom use. The storming of the bastille was most impressive. This especially when usually having a diet...
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    Facts about Perspecta Stereophonic Sound

    The MGM feature release schedule for 1956 shows HIGH SOCIETY as being "VV., PS"
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Good News – in Blu-ray

    No, it is too far back to remember such details. DM
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Good News – in Blu-ray

    Hello Bob, This great review on GOOD NEWS is a pleasure for me. As you will remember, I was VP of Film Preservation at the time that almost all of the MGM 3-strip Technicolor movies were recombined to modern interpositives, and this one was one of the greatest successes. I don't remember what...
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    Warner Archive Press Release: The Shop Around The Corner (1940) (Blu-ray)

    I can confirm that the original negative of SHOP AROUND THE CORNER does exist. Many years ago, shortly after MGM arranged to deposit their surviving nitrate negatives with George Eastman House, a memo was circulated listing a large number of titles that had been destroyed. The MGM library...
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    Need Wifi Extender

    I have been using a Netgear EX7300 for a year or so, purchased at Best Buy. My modem is on the south side of the house, where the wifi from outside enters. I had a problem with smart TV and computer in what was originally a bedroom, now is a TV room on the north side, with a hallway, den and...
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    Blu-ray Review The Harvey Girls Blu-ray Review

    Photographed in 3 strip Technicolor, so is superior to other movies mentioned that were shot in Eastman Color.
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    New Warner Bros. logo sparks controversy

    Warner Bros. could add to the impact of their logo by going back to the "Steiner fanfare" used from the late 1930s for many years. It identified a WB picture almost as much as the Alfred Newman fanfare did for 20th Century-Fox.
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    Can OLED screens replace projection in cineplexes?

    It all gets down to if the audience wants to see the particular movie. I doubt that more than a small percentage of techie buffs care what kind of display is used as long as they can get absorbed in the show.
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    Blu-ray Review Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

    In Matt's glowing review he mentions several of the long-time actors that appear in small roles, but left out Jane Darwell's final performance. He mentions the Bird Lady, but not that she was played by Darwell. When MARY POPPINS was released I was working for Disney's distribution branch, Buena...
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    digital capture VS film capture

    Without knowing what the filmmakers intended, I don't think we the viewers can vote on a generality of whether digital or film capture is superior. I have seen both very good and very bad from both systems.