After reading a lot on film restoration projects, it seems like the actual restoration work is easy compared to the research before a frame is touched. What are the steps usually taken to convince a studio to restore a film? Is there a way to request an inventory of archival materials for a film for the sake of research or even access to materials for inventory? I've found UCLA's online database to be a lot of fun to go through... listings of camera negatives, soundtrack negatives, separations, etc. It's a pity that studios or other archives do not have this resource available to the curious... but I sort of understand why they wish to keep some details under wraps. Also, RAH's The Digital Bits columns and general input on the HTF are gold to the DVD community. Does for film technology what Mr. Wizard did for science!