Best black-and-white transfer?

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  1. Jon Robertson

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    I don't think I've ever seen a better monochrome transfer than Criterion's exquisitely beautiful Down by Law.

    Any other greats people care to recommend?
     
  2. Mark Bendiksen

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    The Man Who Wasn't There is one of the most impressive B/W transfers that I've seen.
     
  3. Dave H

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    The Elephant Man
     
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    David Lean's "Oliver Twist" from Criterion.
    Howard Hawks' "His Girl Friday" from Columbia.

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    Ed Wood is rather good
     
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    The Elephant Man
    Criterion's 8 1/2
    City Lights (although, likely to be eclipsed by the SE's transfer)
    A Hard Day's Night (Miramax edition)
    Citizen Kane
    It Happened One Night
    Harvey
    Arsenic and Old Lace

    It Happened One Night, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Citizen Kane seem to be from nitrate elements (except for a few 16mm reduction scenes in It Happened One Night), which means there is plenty of that wonderful nitrate glow.
     
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    All three of the films in Criterion’s Dreyer box set: Ordet, Day of Wrath and Gertrud are all stunning.
     
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    Many titles on laserdisc looked better for image depth, but certainly not for noise.
    To this day I am still not a believer that 256 shades of grey is truly sufficient for digital black-and-white.
    However, some b&w DVDs do look stunning. I still think some of the best ones have noise dithered in to reduce banding in the dark scenes. Funny, to add noise to hide limitations of digital technology. [​IMG]
     
  9. Eugene Esterly

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    IMO, Young Frakenstein Special Edition DVD from FOX has a very good Black & white transfer.
     
  10. Larry Sutliff

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    CITIZEN KANE, THE THIRD MAN Criterion, FRANKENSTEIN and THE LADY VANISHES Criterion all have first rate black and white transfers.
     
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    Citizen Kane
    The Elephant Man
     
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    Notorious the most beautiful filmlike image I have yet seen on a dvd.
     
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    Now, Voyager is quite stunning.
     
  14. Jon Robertson

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    Glad to hear that Down by Law has a great transfer. I will definitely have to pick this one up next time I swing by DVDPlanet!
    In addition to Citizen Kane, Notorious (Criterion), TMWWT, and Oliver Twist, I would also add Lean's Brief Encounter as being very nicely done.
     
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    Rebecca: Criterion Collection is a real stunner.
     
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    Yes the Criterion
     
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    Yep, add a second vote for Notorious.. It took my breath away, stunning![​IMG]
    edit: *cough* methinks this should be in Polls.
     
  20. Larry Sutliff

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    Two other beautiful B/W transfers: Anchor Bay's PORTRAIT OF JENNIE and THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE.
     

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