Hog Wild was done digitally, as the surviving elements were best served by the format, which, per damage, and missing pieces, apparently did not lend itself as well to analogue work. If things were done in normal UCLA fashion, the final result would probably have been a fully restored 35mm polyester protection negative and track.I didn't know that, but it explains why I liked the digital restoration work on Hog Wild so much better than on the other titles. Do you perhaps know why UCLA didn't do the digital restoration on the other titles?
I don't have the 'eyes' that many of you here have. I can see differences but I couldn't tell you what they were or why. (That's sort of why I joined here...to pick up tips from the pros) I posted the quote from Sprocket because I knew from reading this thread before I joined that there was some argument about what may have been done to UCLA's work in the digital domain. It seems as if the Sprocket post may have answered that.The folks there are professionals, and deserve your financial support, which could include more L & H productions.
One further point of importance, especially when quoting a distributor’s site or on-line account.I don't have the 'eyes' that many of you here have. I can see differences but I couldn't tell you what they were or why. (That's sort of why I joined here...to pick up tips from the pros) I posted the quote from Sprocket because I knew from reading this thread before I joined that there was some argument about what may have been done to UCLA's work in the digital domain. It seems as if the Sprocket post may have answered that.
I've donated to UCLA's film restoration, specifically that fund which is dedicated to restoring and preserving Laurel & Hardy films. I will continue to do so as funds permit.
Personally, while not having high end equipment, I just want my blu-rays and DVDs to look as close to the original film as possible. The work and sweat that went into making those films deserve no less, in my humble opinion.
It sounds like that's what was done for the 2011 "Essential Collection" DVD set. Plus, that set includes the full* sound-era Hal Roach L&H library (*aside from a few films they sold off to other parties, all of which are available on DVD separately).I know a lot of hard work went into this set, and I have admiration for people like Mr. Skretvedt who have dedicated so much to L&H over the years, but a purchase at this point seems really hard to justify. As much as I want to reward the effort overall. But like someone else said earlier, I know I won't like this. I won't be able to unsee what I see.
So regardless of who handled which films for which reasons, since there must be digital files to return to before the grain was scrubbed, how possible is it there could be a reissue of this set down the line? If there is one that restores the films in question with the level of judgment suggested in this thread, it would almost certainly be the last word on these films and that's what I've wanted since the announcement.
Throughout the 70’s, it was only Rascals and Stooges within the Boston market, as well.Really enjoying the shorts. How were these not in syndication rotation in the ny market when I grew up in the 70’s I don’t know. Were they? I don’t ever remember seeing them unlike A&C, The Three Stooges and The Little Rascals.