NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS -- blu-ray restoration

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RAH is probably the last person around here who needs to repeat himself to be heard ... haha :D

and yes, most of the cut footage was found. It's basically just a matter of clean-up/ restoration, and determining what should and shouldn't go back into the film and where. For that, ofcourse, the original script and any notes the director left behind should assist more than amply.
 

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RAH is probably the last person around here who needs to repeat himself to be heard ... haha :D

and yes, most of the cut footage was found. It's basically just a matter of clean-up/ restoration, and determining what should and shouldn't go back into the film and where. For that, ofcourse, the original script and any notes the director left behind should assist more than amply.
The key to any puzzle, if there is one, should be found in the lab timing sheets.
 

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There's no real puzzle, in regard to continuity- it's not the kind of restoration that would be assembled from trims and outs or unedited raw footage. A 35mm picture element exists of the completely finished longer cut, with all the additional scenes and extensions in the order they are supposed to go.
 

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Just a matter of the studio making the decision to do it..
Or someone coming up with an alternate solution, agreeable to the studio.

This film has many fans, but at the studio level, if funds were to be used for Dark Shadows, Gigi, or 2001, where would you place your limited asset protection investment?
 
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Or someone coming up with an alternate solution, agreeable to the studio.
Yes. Actually, I think studios should consider recruiting the assistance of FANS of this and other films/ franchises more often.
I was on a "Star Trek"-devoted website recently (as I'm a fan) where a fan demonstrated a remastered version of "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" - generally considered the worst of the series - complete with new digital effects to replace the original sub-par (for their OWN time) effects and revised ending (the original ending confused/ disappointed many), which apparently the director William Shatner has seen and approved of. Unfortunately, the studio (Paramount) has little to no interest in it...

This film has many fans, but at the studio level, if funds were to be used for Dark Shadows, Gigi, or 2001, where would you place your limited asset protection investment?
Obviously, either Gigi or (most likely) 2001..
Guess NODS' best possible chance would have tobe a sudden (or anticipated) major resurgence in interest in the series/ franchise, thanks to a new series or movie, comic book series or other revival... or, if we're REALLY lucky, it's 50th anniversary. :)
 
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MGM may be quietly-thriving lately (if you believe Mr. Barber & friends), but that doesn't mean they couldn't be bought out/ taken over at any time in next year or two. Until that happens, I fear no classic they control - not this film, not "The Alamo", not 'The Great Escape', not 'Fiddler on the Roof' - is safe.
Of course, I say this with the hopes that, if + when this should happen, whoever takes over isn't even worse.in their disregard for their assets (i.e. makes Barber look like Robert Harris by comparison). :wacko:
 
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MGM may be quietly-thriving lately (if you believe Mr. Barber & friends), but that doesn't mean they couldn't be bought out/ taken over at any time in next year or two. Until that happens, I fear no classic they control - not this film, not "The Alamo", not 'The Great Escape', not 'Fiddler on the Roof' - is safe.
Of course, I say this with the hopes that, if + when this should happen, whoever takes over isn't even worse.in their disregard for their assets (i.e. makes Barber look like Robert Harris by comparison). :wacko:
Warner Bros has owned Night Of Dark Shadows since 1986.
 
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