I put together a letter with the request to reproduce the audio in its original theatrical format.<br />
For those interested I have reproduced the letter below.
I don’t know who is eventually going to release this (eg. Kino Lorber, Fox, Shout Factory, Criterion), any support on this issue from interested members would be appreciated………..
“With the knowledge that MGM are now licensing their library to other companies such as Kino Lorber, Twilight Time and yourselves, I wanted to alert you to a title that might be coming up in the future to one of you.
It is Ken Russell’s film on Tchaikovsky, “THE MUSIC LOVERS” (1971). My main concern is with the audio. This film was released several years before the Dolby technology ‘DOLBY STEREO’ (Lt Rt) was introduced. Films with stereo mixes were recorded on magnetic stripes on the film. 35mm had four stripes, 70mm had six. “THE MUSIC LOVERS” was mixed and released as a four-track discrete track in theaters that were installed with magnetic playback facilities.
When “THE MUSIC LOVERS” was released on laserdisc, the technology was not then available to playback multi-channel audio. Of course, that is now in the past and multi-channel is the norm for all new releases today.
The two-track which is likely to be on the HD master provided to you is not the original intended format. You would likely have to specially request the LCRS (Left, Center, Right and Surround, if any) master to be accessed for transfer.
The two-track was made as a result of the limitations of the technology at the time and compromises the performance of the sound. Some people have or do not know the experience of the difference between a discrete LCR and a LR mixed-down track.
I would therefore plead with you to go the extra mile (and possible expense!) to see that this film receives the best treatment it deserves which is your aim, after all”.
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