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TJPC

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I just received the new Warner Archive DVD set of Vol. 2 of the Wheeler and Woolsey movies. So far I have watched most of "The Cuckoos". The technicolor sequences are generally sharp and vivid, but some of the black and white footage is almost blurry.
I have nothing really to complain about, and I am sure the people at WA did their best with what they had to work with. I am just curious. Are we even working with 16 mm here? You really see a huge drop in quality here that looks almost VHSafied. What happened?
 

Bert Greene

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That's probably the best that exists of "The Cuckoos.". I'm not even sure if the film was ever even included in the old syndicated Movietime batch, unlike the other RKO W&W films. We're undoubtedly lucky the film survives at all. It could have been lost like its fellow 1930 RKO production, "Leathernecking," which I also believe had Technicolor moments.

At least the "Dixiana" restoration looks stunning. I seem to recall its tv-airings used to just omit the final two reels (which were shot in Technicolor) altogether. Anyway, I just watched the two solo films, "Too Many Cooks," and "Everything's Rosie" for the first time in at least twenty years. Both awfully weak vehicles, although Woolsey drew out a few snickers from me during the fortune-telling sequence in his film, which otherwise sports some of the hoariest, wheeziest old one-liners found in a singular movie!

Eh, I don't mind. I still love all this kind of antique comedic nonsense. I can't help it.
 

Randy Korstick

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Yeah I believe looking for better elements on the cuckoos and a couple others was the reason Volume 2 was delayed for awhile
 

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