The best pre-1960s transfers?

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  1. Jon Robertson

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    I'm trying to get a friend of mine into DVD, but he loves older films, and is pretty suspicious of digital telecine technology as many of his "restored/digitally remastered" VHS tapes use decidedly ragged prints, so I need to show him that older films can look absolutely amazing on DVD.

    Some absolute jaw-droppers I can think of are:

    Written on the Wind

    Citizen Kane

    And God Created Woman

    North by Northwest

    Vertigo

    Black Narcissus

    The Red Shoes

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


    Any more?
     
  2. DaViD Boulet

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    Rebecca (criterion) sports a STUNNING 3-D transfer that looks as good as projected film on a big-screen.

    Many of the Warner B&W films are excellent too. Dark Victory was a pretty good transfer if I remember.

    The Birds

    Time Machine (Robert Taylor)

    Doctor Zhivago (1965)

    Funny Girl (WOW...what a transfer!!!!)

    Lion in Winter (1968)

    Lost Horizon (1937) (varies in quality with elements, but some parts are very good...also looks good on a big screen)

    Man for All Seasons

    Passion of Joan of Arc, The - Criterion Collection

    those are some that I have that I think have excellent transfers.
     
  3. Matt Pelham

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    How about Bridge on the River Kwai? Very good transfer.
     
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    I would put Written on the Wind and NXNW on top too.

    My other picks-

    Now Voyager

    Rebecca (Criterion)

    His Girl Friday (Columbia, not the public domain versions)

    It Happened One Night

    Snow White

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Bus Stop

    West Side Story

    Funny Girl (also had to list, though 1968 ,not "pre-60's")

    Lion In Winter (also not "pre 60's" but not bragged about enough and also had to include it)

    Annie Get Your Gun

    Citizen Kane

    All That Heaven Allows (great companion to Written on the Wind, though WOTW is the most definitive 50's Technicolor transfer that I've seen to date)

    more I could mention but these come to mind right now...
     
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    The Casablanca DVD is gorgeous, as are It's a Wonderful Life and Harvey. This format does tremendous justice to these classics.
     
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    Written On The Wind

    North By Northwest

    Casablanca

    Born Yesterday

    Little Women (stunning transfer for an almost 70 year old film)

    Vertigo

    Rebel Without A Cause

    Reap The Wild Wind

    The Searchers

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Duel In The Sun

    Pillow Talk

    The Conqueror (lousy film but gorgeous widescreen transfer)
     
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    42nd Street

    Bob Le Flambeur

    Children of Paradise

    Nosferatu
     
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    I'm pretty happy with the transfer on Rear Window. Terrific movie as well.
     
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    City Lights

    The Bride of Frankenstein

    Harvey

    Nosferatu: Special Edition (red-cover)

    It Happened One Night

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    The Wizard of Oz: Special Edition (WB)

    Citizen Kane

    The Maltese Falcon

    Dumbo

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Casablanca

    Notorious: Criterion

    It's A Wonderful Life

    North By Northwest
     
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    Jon,

    You need to tell us what you mean by "older". Pre 1970? Pre 1960? Pre 1950?

    Don't miss The Third Man......that's got to be an 'older film' no matter what the definition.
     
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    Singin' in the Rain and The King and I are both beautiful to look at.
     
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    I would have to say 2001 (remastered) and The Time Machine are quite good - even though these aren't pre-1960, I thought they may be close enough.
     
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    The colors & clarity in the Ben Hur transfer really stood out to me. I also liked Spartacus's transfer (but seem to recall some controversy).
     
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    A lot of good suggestions but you should see the Ten Commandments on DVD. Also Rio Grande and Psycho looked good. And Cleopatra is worth a look even though it is a 1963 film.
     
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    Some Like It Hot.

    One of the best movies ever made (AFI ranked it the number 1 comedy of all time), and a very good transfer.

    SMK
     
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    The Ten Commandments has some really amazing color in some scenes. Give it a look.
     
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    Black Narcissus

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
     

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