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  1. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Nightmare Alley – in Blu-ray

    It does unfortunately seem that even the venerable Criterion gets told to "like it or lump it" sometimes with transfers which they don't have much choice other than to accept as-provided, especially if the rightsholder has a "new restoration" that they paid for and are proud of. I'm thinking of...
  2. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Zombie -- in Blu-ray

    From what I've heard, Lustig was told that the transfer he received for his last BD (there's three now, I think?) was from the neg and was pretty choked to find out they had lied and supplied one from an IP, and then they turned around not long after and let Arrow access the OCN (perhaps due to...
  3. Paul Thrussell

    Meet The Feebles (1989) needs a Blu-ray now more than ever

    From what I understand, the transfer and cleanup work has already been done. There are some very nice HD clips from the film in one of the LotR extended edition Blu-ray featurettes (couldn't tell you which one specifically off the top of my head as I'm not really a big fan of modern CGI...
  4. Paul Thrussell

    3D Meet Bob Furmanek: HTF Golden Age 3-D Consultant

    Does he actually give any concrete reason for not loaning any of these prints? Like, does he just have a hate-on for home video as mentioned previously, or does he refuse to loan his prints for restoration efforts as well? I suppose the former could lead to the latter if a video release was the...
  5. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Outlaw -- in Blu-ray

    Similar to what happens when you try to scan still negs/slides that weren't exposed properly. The areas where you've tried to recover detail out of overly dark/light spots are very noisy and the gradation is poor.
  6. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Outlaw -- in Blu-ray

    I'd be curious to know what exactly the source element was. Grain has that 'peppery' look in some of the shots, and the image overall is a bit mushy. An old dupe neg?
  7. Paul Thrussell

    Mosfilm's archives

    Wonder if this means they're working on Dersu Uzala too.
  8. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The His Girl Friday -- in Blu-ray

    I wondered about that too - it definitely seems to have been heavily scrubbed and is lacking in detail. In the fascinating restoration featurette for The Front Page, they mention that the original elements were junked by CFI after the print in question was created, but considering how dupey...
  9. Paul Thrussell

    Black Christmas Collector's Edition (1974) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I haven't compared the two, but one possibility is that the Critical Mass mono was just a fold-down, not the real mono mix.
  10. Paul Thrussell

    An E-mail Appeal to Mr. Wade Williams

    It's a shame that the Eastman OCN of IFM is in different hands than the rest of the materials, since I'd imagine it would improve upon third-generation elements (neg from seps) for the shots that it does contain. Shocking that it sold for just five grand (if I understand correctly!) :blink: At...
  11. Paul Thrussell

    How does an indy blu-ray re-issue happen?

    In the case of Vinegar Syndrome, they operate a private archive and mostly release titles from their own collection, and they do all the scanning, authoring, etc. in-house. They have strong business and personal connections with a lot of their filmmakers and rights-holders, and they own the...
  12. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Triumph of the Will -- in Blu-ray

    Forgive my ignorance, is a field enlargement essentially a rephotographed optical blowup of part of an image after it was shot? (Almost as ugly as "digital zoom" on a video camera.)
  13. Paul Thrussell

    Triumph of the Will Thread?

    It is indeed a fantastic piece of filmmaking, and I apologize to all concerned if the company is legit (and I am very excited too if they've got quality releases on the way!) When I had searched "Triumph of the Will Blu-ray" originally what came up was a Stormfront post linking to the...
  14. Paul Thrussell

    Triumph of the Will Thread?

    Yikes. Leave it to Nazi propaganda films to bring out the drama!
  15. Paul Thrussell

    Triumph of the Will Thread?

    It's funny, I watched the film again recently for a documentary course, and came across that site a few days ago. I could be completely wrong, but the site looked a bit like Hitler glamor, what with the pictures everywhere, the cover art, and the sale of posters and whatnot.
  16. Paul Thrussell

    Triumph of the Will Thread?

    Am I missing something, or did a thread about the upcoming Blu-rays of Triumph of the Will just disappear?
  17. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Little Mermaid 3D -- in Blu-ray

    Please pardon my simple-mindedness, but is it true that something happened to the o-neg for Little Mermaid, or was that just humorous sarcasm about Disney's claims of extensive restoration on a film that's less than 25 years old?
  18. Paul Thrussell

    SSD Recomendations

    Keep in mind with the Samsung SSDs that the regular and the pro models are totally different drives. The regular ones are quite inexpensive and decent for everyday purposes (certainly competitive in speed), but the type of flash memory that they use does not last for as many write cycles as more...
  19. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Blood and Sand -- in Blu-ray

    Theoretical preservation question for Mr. Harris and others in the know: For films such as this where the original three-strip negs have been junked or lost, is it possible to rectify at least some of the registration/sharpness issues (aside from the generational quality loss) by scanning the...
  20. Paul Thrussell

    Mr. Harris

    It just struck me as amusing at the time that it sounded as if you were speaking about Mr. Harris, rather than directed to him, considering the message would more than likely come to his attention. I don't mean to be rude, and I apologize for coming off as such. I misunderstood your intention.
  21. Paul Thrussell

    Mr. Harris

    You speak of Mr. Harris as if he's not here and this isn't a subforum dedicated to him! :)
  22. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Fear and Desire -- in Blu-ray

    Speak of the devil! Very curious to see what Disney decides to do now, assuming their hands aren't tied.
  23. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Fear and Desire -- in Blu-ray

    The fact that Kubrick's attempts to suppress this early effort haven't stopped it from seeing release, not too many years after his passing, gives me hope for the eventual re-release of the original unadulterated Star Wars films. That being said, I don't believe Kubrick owned the rights to this...
  24. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Sunset Boulevard -- in Blu-ray

    I must have had my head under a rock, the information wasn't very hard to find - in fact, quite close to home! :D If anyone's interested, there's a bit of info in another thread: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/293488/paramount-pre-1950-films-owned-by-universal Please excuse me while I now...
  25. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Sunset Boulevard -- in Blu-ray

    I must have had my head under a rock, the information wasn't very hard to find - in fact, quite close to home! :D If anyone's interested, there's a bit of info in another thread: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/293488/paramount-pre-1950-films-owned-by-universal Please excuse me while I now...
  26. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Sunset Boulevard -- in Blu-ray

    On a distantly related note, is the work on Roman Holiday, which I believe was in the same situation (missing camera negative, less than stellar elements available) and cleaned up by Lowry around the same time, also needing to be redone for BD and DCP release?
  27. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Sunset Boulevard -- in Blu-ray

    Wonderful news! Very excited for this! I was quite disturbed to read the above - am I correct in my understanding that the negs to all of the Paramount titles sold to MCA were tossed?
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