- Apr 1, 2004
Yeah, I was a bit surprised by the old, weak print of "Sign of the Ram." Sony has been known for making such good progress in their transfers of their back catalog, and I would have thought "Ram" would have been given attention long ago, given its fairish profile (as Peters' comeback). It makes me fret a bit, as the old CBC studios (corned beef and cabbage, ya know) produced and houses a lot of things I'm so salivating to see in sharp transfers, like "Desert Vengeance" (1931), one of my favorite b-westerns, and "The Spider's Web" (1938), one of my favorite serials. Plus, all sorts of intriguing miscellanea that I've never encountered, from those "Musical Novelties" two-reelers from 1933-34 with Lois January or the young Betty Grable, to (ahem) immortal b-films like "Rookie Fireman" (1950) and "Revenue Agent" (1950). Add to this all those slapstick comedy duos of Collins and Kennedy, Schilling and Lane, Vernon and Quillan. Will I ever live long enough to see "State Trooper" (1933), starring Regis Toomey, escape from the Sony vaults? I might have made that bet 30 years ago. Not anymore. Certainly not if things like "Sign of the Ram" are still in need of attention.