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- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
C. 1989 UCLA’s Robert Gitt did quite a bit of analogue preservation on GoN, at which time the original stereo tracks were found to problematic. They were produced on Zonal clear edge stock, which over time picked up some odd attributes. I had previously found the precisely same problem with El Aurens, which was that the mags were not uniformly 35mm, and would ride up and over rollers during playback.As what we're going to be getting in the Fall in native 4K is derived from the same source, my caution here would be 'don't expect a miracle'. Guns of Navarone is a movie that egregiously suffered for decades from improper archiving, resulting in a movie that, for all intent and purposes was nearly lost to us.
Through Grover Crisp's due diligence the film was saved, albeit in a condition that does not replicate its original splendor, again, owing to lost opportunities to properly curate the original elements before Mr. Crisp's involvement in 'restoring' the movie to its feature length. Expect to see the drop outs to lower quality still present.
The only improvement here can be in grain resolution, and perhaps, color saturation. But the dupes scattered throughout this movie are what they are, and since Sony has not advertised this one as being sourced from 'newly discovered original elements' (total wish fulfillment on my part) but rather the previously created 4K master, what you're going to get is likely the same anomalies all over again.
The uptick in resolution will be welcome and 'resolve' a few issues, though not all. I'm still looking forward to this one. But I'm not expecting anything close to perfection.
With the expertise of the wonderful John Bonner, we had overcut rollers produced, solving the problems, which exacerbated themselves as extremely evident wow and flutter.
My original UK 4-track stereo dye transfer print is available at AMPAS as reference.