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Will Krupp

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Give us all heart failure by digging up the Technicolor negs to THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX.

The Technicolor negatives were used for the 2005 DVD release. The issue with that one is that the original nitrate negatives had shrunk over time and no two in the exact same way, which is why that transfer has more color fringing than I've ever seen. They will need to re-scan the negatives and use a digital process similar to the old "Ultra-Resolution" method to get them to re-align, but it's not a question of needing to dig them up.
 
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There is a scene in Showboat where Gaylord runs into Julie as he is on a gambling boat. The scene that sets it up shows the riverboat the Sprague in a stock shot. That riverboat had an illustrious history that ended tragically in the 80’s. Ironically it was docked in Vicksburg, MS and used as a showboat for many of her last years. Here is story concerning her history and death.

 

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The Technicolor negatives were used for the 2005 DVD release. The issue with that one is that the original nitrate negatives had shrunk over time and no two in the exact same way, which is why that transfer has more color fringing than I've ever seen. They will need to re-scan the negatives and use a digital process similar to the old "Ultra-Resolution" method to get them to re-align, but it's not a question of needing to dig them up.
Delighted to hear it. Hopefully they'll do what needs to be done and release a perfect incarnation of the title.
 

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The Technicolor negatives were used for the 2005 DVD release. The issue with that one is that the original nitrate negatives had shrunk over time and no two in the exact same way, which is why that transfer has more color fringing than I've ever seen. They will need to re-scan the negatives and use a digital process similar to the old "Ultra-Resolution" method to get them to re-align, but it's not a question of needing to dig them up.
And more Flynn, Davis and 3-strip Technicolor on Blu-ray is always a good thing.
 

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The issue with that one is that the original nitrate negatives had shrunk over time and no two in the exact same way, which is why that transfer has more color fringing than I've ever seen.

Yes, as poster Billy Batson said on another thread, it looked like watching a 3D movie without the special glasses! But, as I said on that thread, the version just shown last month on TCM had great layer alignment for almost the whole movie (there were a few minutes here and there that had a bit of mis-alignment, but nothing like the DVD). And it looked great all around. So, there's already a better version out there, and if they put the usual Warner Archive quality into it, it should make a stunning Blu-Ray.
 

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