This film has been tarnished greatly by the lack of a widescreen and uncut version on video. The one laserdisc issue was P&S, as is the VHS. The DVD would actually be the first-ever widescreen video released of this film.This was a big, big film of its day, and most people who have seen it on TV in truncated, pan and scan versions with commercials have for years, truly missed the stunning grandeur and excitment of this film. The DVD release will be nothing short of a revelation for most fans of the film.
Patrick, was it you who posted a few months ago about Pac-Title producing a 65mm print of some kind - an interpositive? If Warner/Lowry used this for the basis of the transfer, I sure will be interesting seeing the results.
I'll looking forward to a PR from Warner!
I think we DO use the term "restoration" too freely. If a PAL-res "restoration" of Citizen Kane is to be called such, then what is the film-based restoration of Notorious?It is over-used. It's also used as a sneaky, shameful marketing ploy. To me LDI is most definately nothing more than a 'video restoration'.
The work that Robert Harris, Scott McQueen, and many other saviors of lost films do is 'film restoration'. In an ideal world, those guys should restore all films in need of restoration. But, unfortunately, we live in the World Of Time And Money, and Cinema has always been at odds with that world.
Not to be a scaremonger, but I'm sure there will will come a day when a truly great classic film that is loved by all will be lost forever; look at Vertigo and Rear Window, a few more years down the line, and what state would the elements have been in?
There's a great book called THE DEATH OF CINEMA by Paolo Cherchi Usai. A must for those interested in the history in the treatment of films over the years and Devil's advocate look to the future.