Does anyone know what classic films are currently being restored?

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  1. Gordon McMurphy

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    I've been reading reviews of MGM's DVD issue of Tony Richardson's Tom Jones, as I recently ordered the DVD. The initial HBO DVD sounds like a real hodge-podge. But MGM's edition is said to be markedly superior, although the day-for-night scenes are still pretty ropey. I'd love to see it given a genuine, loving restoration.
    Which brings me to ask the question: What film are currently being properly restored? I heard that Bob was working on It's A Mad... World, and I wish him luck [​IMG]. But what else is going on? Warner and Lowry Digital Entertainment are currently giving King Kong (1933) a vigourous digital restoration a la last year's Citizen Kane. Anyone got any info?
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    King Kong needs digital restoration for video, but it actually looks fantastic already.
    The only problem really is a little bit of dirt and specks on the film, but the movie still looks great. The digital restoration will be the icing on the cake.
    WB has had Around the World in Eighty Days restored by Pacific Title, Andy Pratt's Negative Cutting, Kodak, and CFI. PacTitle did the restoration, Pratt and Kodak worked on the reel of the negative which had lacquer on it. This is only the 30fps negative, however. (The 24fps version is the one we know more of, but the 30fps negative won the 6 Oscars. [​IMG] )
     
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    Warner seem to be leading the way in restorations. Their recent release The Women, for example, is very well worth obtaining. In a HTF chat last year Warner said they are restoring, amongst others, Adventures of Robin Hood (for 2003), Mildred Pierce, House of Wax, Meet Me in St Louis and The Color Purple. Possibly Swing Time and Top Hat as well. Miramax are supposedly restoring (nothing official though) Samuel Bronston's epics, El Cid, Fall of the Roman Empire, Circus World and 55 Days in Peking. All these titles I am eagerly awaiting.
     
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    speaking of Warner and restorations, I'd like to see them restore A Christmas Story perhaps they are after all It would make sense to re-release that movie on DVD next year for the 20th anniversary (the current DVD looks horrible and is P&S)
     
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    So they finally got the go-ahead to restore It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Good for them. I can't wait to see the results (hopefully they can find enough of the deleted footage to reconstruct the roadshow version).
     
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    Is this true, or are people jumping to conclusions? I've heard nothing indicating it was green-lighted, though I'd love for it to be so. I hope this is true, but I don't want to get my hopes up.
     
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    Mad World is not a green lighted project.

    Regarding the various other titles supposed in the works for "restoration," I'd be most interested in what the word "restoration" means for each of these projects.

    Even within AMIA, we have not been able to agree on precisely what that word means.

    Among the tiles mentioned, Tom Jones is probably the worst, which can be restored for the lowest budget.

    If 80 Days has actually been restored, I'd be most interested in seeing some test footage.

    RAH
     
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    Well I guess I stand corrected. :b
     
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    Sorry, folks, when I said that Mad World was being restored, I merely meant that Bob had started promotin the big fight! [​IMG] Somebody ring the bell for round 1, huh!? [​IMG]
    So... what's the deal with Tom Jones? Why is it so messed up? MGM hold all the rights? It's been recut and messed about with - stereo remix, then an adequete mono track etc. What a drag.
    I'm off to church now to pray for The High And The Mighty to be restored... [​IMG]
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    Great news, Patrick, about 80 Days. Is it ready for duping and DVD transfering? Hope so. Has the 30fps 70mm version ever been available on video - and in 2.21:1 widescreen? Hmmm.
    Great bit of news though. [​IMG]
    Gordy
     
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    As far as Tom Jones goes, and feel free to correct me Mr Harris et al, I believe the film was "restored" back in the late 80's at which time the director in failing health recut the picture to a new improved directors cut - which actually was generally perceived as being inferior to the original cut, which is not suprising as Tony Richardson was dying from AIDS at this point in time :-(.

    Not only this but the restoration was perceived as being of rather poor quality...the new mgm dvd restores the original cut to home video, including it's original mono audio track - but as for the state of the film materials - I am afraid I personally have no idea - but MGM are better than most at looking after their assetts, at least nowadays...

    M
     
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    Re: "..... which actually was generally perceived as being inferior to the original cut, which is not surprising as Tony Richardson was dying of AIDS at this point in time."

    Pardon my density, Mark, but I don't get the connection between Richardson's director approved alterations and his having AIDS unless your point is that he was suffering from some form of dementia which is unlikely as he cut the film in 1989 and died in November 1991 (dementia if it comes at all would come at the very end). And what are we to blame Spielberg's and Lucas' alterations on?

    Richardson stated that he simply felt the film played out too slowly for 1989 audiences and though you and I may prefer the original version, he was not inaccurate.
     
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    I am so excited about the 03 release of Aventures of Robin Hood. Even more excited about Treasure of Sierra Madre
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    Re Thomas T's comments

    I merely meant to point out that the director was terminally ill at this point in time, thus giving a potential reason behind his decision - nothing more

    M
     
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    Unfortunately, they will NOT be running a 70mm print of "Around the World in 80 Days" at the Academy next month. The "restoration" of the film is being done for video, not film release. The Academy screening will be a 35mm dye-transfer Technicolor 1968 optical mono print, synced up with a 4-track mag dubber for stereo. The Murrow opening has been printed separately and will be run first, then this Technicolor print will follow.

    The Academy was offered a 30 fps 70mm print (very slightly faded) from private sources; this offer was declined.

    The new DVD will be (at last report) mostly from the 30 fps negative, except for 2 reels that are from the 24 fps negative.


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  20. Jeff Joseph

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    No, I think it's 2 reels of the film, not the prolog and credits.

    Jeff
     

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