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    The Wizard of Oz returns to theater with a previously deleted musical number

    I'm presuming it's the dance sequence to the Straw Man's "If I Only Had a Brain" number that was deleted for the most part. It must have been put back into the movie as it was edited out before the movie's release and does still exist in it's entirety. A great dance number from Ray Bolger.
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    As We Wait On Captain Blood Does Anyone Really Know How They Decided What Got The Technicolor Treatment

    One of the main reasons for MGM not making many of the early musicals in Technicolor was the obviously frugal Mayer himself who decided that if b/w films were very popular, why go to the expense of filming movies in Technicolor. After all, it was only MGM, the most prestigious movie studio in...
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    As We Wait On Captain Blood Does Anyone Really Know How They Decided What Got The Technicolor Treatment

    Yes, that is true , although Ginger insisted , in her book, that the whole movie was slated to be filmed in Technicolor, but RKO, due to financing that venture, had cold feet and decided not to film it in the expensive Technicolor. Interesting to note that "The Munsters" TV series, as late as...
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    As We Wait On Captain Blood Does Anyone Really Know How They Decided What Got The Technicolor Treatment

    Yes, MGM were not making musicals in Technicolor up to about 1943. The only ones I can think of were "Sweethearts" (38) and "Bittersweet" (40) both, of course, Jeanette and Nelson operettas. Interesting to note that RKO, in the thirties, were considered the major studio for musicals (ala the...
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    Lost Films Found

    Yes, I love silent movies myself and have all those movies you mentioned, except "Dante's Inferno", I think. The copy I have of "Cabiria" is wonderful and what a great movie for it's time. Certainly Italy started the "epic" genre with a bang.
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    Lost Films Found

    Yes, unfortunately Jeanette made the mistake of signing up with Fox for a number of movies and completely regretted it as Fox were making rather "gutsy" stuff at that time, which didn't suit the star's style at all, as opposed to her previous studio, Paramount, who made much more glamorous style...
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    Lost Films Found

    They are all in existence, so I would just call them rare. It does seem a pity that Disney has the rights to all these movies, although I would imagine that most of them are public domain movies now and probably wouldn't have had their copyright renewed anyway, and hopefully some company, like...
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    Lost Films Found

    Here is the public domain link to archive.org for a good download of "Death of a Champion".....
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    Lost Films Found

    Yes, it's tragedy that these films aren't available, especially when many of them are not lost, as you say. Do have "Death of a Champion", but no to the other ones. Yes, "Dumbbells in Ermine" sounds hilarious. Must admit that I haven't heard of any of the other films you mentioned at all, but...
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    Lost Films Found

    Yes, saw "Follow Thru" myself and was very impressed with both the Technicolor and picture quality. Noticed that Buddy Roger's complete version of "Close Harmony" (29) has been found and it was be great if they released that on a DVD / Blu Ray. These movies do sell and don't really know why they...
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    Anyone else had their blu ray of Ben-Hur (1959) go bad?

    I think that I just bought mine on Amazon.
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    Anyone else had their blu ray of Ben-Hur (1959) go bad?

    Yes. my Blurays all played on my Panasonic Bluray player and have had no trouble with any of the Warners Blurays yet. The only good thing about Warners DVDs and Blurays is that they are all multi-region, but ,of course, often the DVDs have been faulty, either straight way or later on when...
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    Lost Films Found

    Just finished watching that magnificent 1925 version of “Ben-Hur”, on Bluray, and must say that it is the best of the two classic versions. Still the spectacular chariot race, but a far more beautiful and moving story, which seems much more sophisticated (surprisingly considering it’s a silent...
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    Anyone else had their blu ray of Ben-Hur (1959) go bad?

    I bought the three Blu Ray set of the two classic "Ben-Hur" movies and had no trouble with them and just finished watching that magnificent 1925 version of “Ben-Hur”, on Bluray, and must say that it is the best of the two classic versions. Still the spectacular chariot race, but a far more...
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    Lost Films Found

    If you go to the archive.org site, after bringing up the movie, all you do is click on "6 original" on bottom of the download options at the right of the page and it will automatically download for you.
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    Lost Films Found

    Yes, I have a reasonable copy of "Sleepytime Gal". At least watchable picture quality, but, again, a very poor original print. Pity, as it was one of Judy Canova's best movies. Here's a public domain print of "Lorraine and the Lions" (without music audio) on the archive.org site, which you can...
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    Lost Films Found

    The horror of the history of Tiffany studios is that MGM bought the whole of their library, way back in about 1937 and then proceeded to destroy the negatives of them all for some unknown reason, so we are only left with prints that survived one way or another. Pity, because Tiffany was keen on...
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    Lost Films Found

    Two other 2-strip 1930 Technicolor movies which should be restored and released on BD are "Viennese Nights" and "Whoopee !", which are both extant. Glad to see that "The King of Jazz" was also released on BD and it's original green and red 2-strip Technicolor , rather than the copies of "Whoopee...
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    Lost Films Found

    Yes, got to see a really good print . in Technicolor, of "Follow Thru" some time ago and it was a gorgeous colour print with gorgeous photography, especially, as you mentioned, with the outdoor scenes (have to agree about Jack Haley, too). A definite BD restoration and release if ever there was...
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    Lost Films Found

    This copy is not a restored 3 -strip Technicolor version of that movie, but a two-strip Cinecolor version of it and, while watchable, is not the best print.
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    Lost Films Found

    Yes, love Tom Tyler westerns and action films and vintage cinema serials. Vintage cinema really fascinates me and always has, and it is great that a lot of that is being beautifully restored..
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    Lost Films Found

    It seems that no matter how many people complain about this problem, the big companies still don't release them and I do wonder why, as so many people love vintage movies and would buy them as one can see by the number of write-ups about various ones.
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    Lost Films Found

    I would define "lost" as movies, or segments of, that were thought not to exist anymore, at least in their entirety or only in b/w or not at all, and have now been found in their entirety. All the films mentioned were at least under one of these headings and have never been released to the...
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    Lost Films Found

    "The Lottery Bride" is only available , on DVD, in it's 67 minute b/w version, without the 13 minute Technicolor finale, which surely would be worth adding to the movie, now that they have it. Apparently the full version was shown on TCM, but I haven't seen it. Don't know much about the...
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    Lost Films Found

    Now that the Technicolor "Mamba" (1930), "Hat Check Girl" (1932), "The Lottery Bride" (1930 with full Technicolor ending) and the Technicolor version of "Mysterious Island" (1929) have been found and restored, it would be nice if the general public were able to watch these films., especially as...
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    Blu-ray Review The Emperor Waltz Blu-ray Review

    Instead of concentrating on a rather nondescript Technicolor movie such as "The Emperor Waltz", what about the complete two-strip Technicolor versions of the 1930 "The Vagabond King", "Mamba" and the 1929 "Mysterious Island". all of which are extant in Technicolor now and very much need...
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    Blu-ray Review The Emperor Waltz Blu-ray Review

    I do have the Universal DVD of it, which is excellent picture quality anyway. Can't really see the BD being much better.
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    Blu-ray Review The Emperor Waltz Blu-ray Review

    Interesting as Billy Wilder considered it his worst film of all time.
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    Blu-ray Review The Emperor Waltz Blu-ray Review

    Really don't know why they decided to release that particular Paramount Technicolor movie on Blu Ray, as it was a flop at the time and still isn't a great movie. What about releasing Paramount's brilliant "Blue Skies" (46) or "Lady in the Dark" (44) on Blu Ray ?. That would be more to the point...
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    Pre-Order Santa Fe Trail (Warner Archive Collection) (1940) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    As regards the movie's historical inaccuracies , I've yet to see a biographical movie or movie based on historical fact, past or present, which is 100% accurate anyway and dare anyone to come up with one that is. Let's face it, with all this realism business, that all movies are really fantasy...
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