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THE VANISHING SHADOW..from VCI (1 Viewer)

J. Casey

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Had a chance to view a classic Universal serial from 1934 this week, courtesy of VCI BD--THE VANISHING SHADOW. This is one of the first of VCI's recent series of masters from Universal's vault materials. All 12 chapters are included on one dual layer (BD50) disc.

The only complaint I have is that they seem to have used the raw low contrast scans without any color correction. I noticed this same MO on the two Buck Jones serials from similar studio vault materials that they only released on DVD recently.

Great to see these looking so good, but some color correction (higher contrast) would have been perfect. More of these are coming in the immediate next few months: MYSTERIOUS MR. M, LOST CITY IN THE JUNGLE, JUNGLE QUEEN, and THE PHANTOM CREEPS. The only bad news is that 6 chapters of PHANTOM CREEPS were found to be deteriorated and will need to be restored from other elements. Many more of these Universal serial remasters will be coming--a total of 30+.
 

Garysb

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These serials are currently priced at priced at $19.99. Amazon shows MSRP to be $29.99. The ones I saw advertised say they are 2K scans from various sources. For example " The Phantom Creeps" and " Lost City of the Jungle" say they are from original 35mm fine grain. Mysterious Mr. M is from 35mm film masters. I don't know what that means . A print? A duplicate negative? The best elements, whatever they are, that survive? These will hopefully be a vast improvement over the PD DVDs previously released.
 
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J. Casey

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The three currently out (VANISHING SHADOW, ROARING WEST, THE RED RIDER) look great except for the milky black levels. Appear to be from fine grains. I notice that the two Buck Jones serials (ROARING, RIDER) are up for blu ray releases (now that I've already purchased them on DVD!). Several orders of magnitude better than PD prints.
 

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