Classic Films In Rep Many Now DCP

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  1. Garysb

    Garysb Cinematographer

    Jul 31, 2003
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    I was looking at a current schedule of the Film Forum in NYC. They have a children/family matinee at 11AM.
    I notice many ofl the films currently being shown are DCP. They advertise absolutely no DVDs or Blu- ray.

    Some of the films shown DCP are:

    A Night At the Opera
    Yankee Doodle Dandy
    Adventures of Robin Hood
    A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
    Bye Bye Birdie
    The General
    The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
    5000 Fingers of Dr T
    Jason and the Argonauts
    King Kong (1933)

    Still in 35MM
    The Kid
    Easter Parade
    Small Change
    School of Rock
    House of Wax 3D
    Young Frankenstein

    Looks like Warner Bros and Sony have the most DCP projected films. I would guess as existing prints become worn out DCP replaces them for future bookings. Sad to see 35MM film disappear.
  2. Michael Elliott

    Michael Elliott Lead Actor

    Jul 11, 2003
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    Tim Lucas wrote about this a long time ago in Video Watchdog. I'm somewhat split on it.

    Baxter Ave. in Louisville used to pride itself on 35mm screenings but I've seen several, which were just so bad looking that there really wasn't anything "gained" other than saying you watched it in 35mm. I think they've mostly switched over because the studios simply aren't sending out film prints anymore. I know they're showing the original DAWN OF THE DEAD in 35mm next weekend and I plan on being there but I hope it's a good, uncut print. If it turns out to be in bad shape or is missing footage then give me the Anchor Bay disc projected.

    Fathom Events has played several "classic" movies in the past year and none of them are 35mm obviously. If skipping the 35mm is going to get more classic movies onto a big screen then I'm all for it.

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