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

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  1. Robert Harris

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    The changeover to acetate was not as simple as one might surmise. Early acetate elements, c. 1951-2, can be extremely problematic. Far more so than nitrate, which is more stable in some ways. RAH
     
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    I seem to recall you mentioning this in the 3-strip Technicolor thread. So the state of High Noon's OCN could be even more dire than if it were nitrate. That is, if it's not stored properly.
     
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    Most likely in regard to early acetate having much greater registration problems, especially in pre-digital era. Do a search for surviving release prints, c. 1951-52. Slim Pickins'.
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    I'd certainly like to hear something from Warner concerning Sergeant York. It's one of my favorite films and I've been wanting it released on BD for a while.
     
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    Agree. I rented the "High Noon" Blu-ray and just watched it. I agree with RAH's assessment - actually, I was relieved to read it, since it confirmed what I saw though other reviews didn't comment on the "frozen grain" and whatnot.
    However, none of this makes the BD unwatchable. Is it a disappointment? Certainly, but it's still a watchable rendition of a great film...
     
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    I believe Mr. Harris was disappointed because of what it should have been considering this film's status. Honestly, I may purchase the disc at some point, but I feel that that money would be better spent on a properly done Twilight Time release and not a half-a**** effort by Olive/Paramount.
     
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    You do realize that if Twilight Time had gotten it, it would have looked the same. Twilight Time does not do transfers - they only take what they are given. I'm tired of all this bitching and moaning by people who don't even own the disc, and have not seen the disc. Its just wrong.
     
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    I say again -- I found the HIGH NOON Blu to be an exponential improvement over any video release I've ever owned (I bought them all -- even CED!), so I have no complaints. Looks terrific to me.
     
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    I'm not saying it would have looked any better from TT. Whether I own the disc or not is beside the point; the release has not been furnished with a proper image harvest and restoration.
     
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    If Sony/Columbia held the rights to it then i think it would have looked its very best.
     
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    Wouldn't surprise me. When I started doing DVD/BD work at PBS Video, all I had to do QC on was a 13" monitor and headphones! (I left in 2009...just after they bit the bullet and added a single 30" monitor for additional QC.) Granted, PBS isn't Paramount or any of the other major studios, but it doesn't surprise me. When I visited other small distributors as well as authoring houses around that time period, I didn't see anything larger than 40" or 50" being used, and most monitors were a lot smaller.
     
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