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by Scott J
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 216
Views: 57799

Re: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera

Beautiful! 2-Strip ready - you know...just in case
by Scott J
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 216
Views: 57799

Re: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera

Hello all. It's been a year now since the last news on this "Tinkering" project. Any news ? Is it still going on ? Thanks to answer It's still going on behind the scenes. Can't share much news just yet, but our small team remains very active. Sadly, we just lost Wes Shank, who was consulting with u...
by Scott J
Wed May 09, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE BIRTH OF A NATION BD, May 22.
Replies: 11
Views: 3250

Re: THE BIRTH OF A NATION BD, May 22.

"The most egregiously racist film ever made...now in a beautifully restored limited edition" :lol:

All kidding aside, I completely understand their need to watch their back on this.
by Scott J
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: Tampa, FL: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) - April 28
Replies: 0
Views: 841

Tampa, FL: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) - April 28

http://tampatheatre.org/movies/ben-hur/ Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) 2h 23m / Not Rated / Adventure April 28, 2018 - 7:30pm Upon its publication in 1880, the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ became for a time the best-selling American book ever. Its popularity and influence had not much ...
by Scott J
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

I'm going out on a limb here in hopes of getting in touch with the owners of these images: The top left image is of Count Ruboff (Ward Crane) and an unidentified actress in one of the deleted Sedgwick reshoots. This particular still is interesting because, to my knowledge, it had never been publishe...
by Scott J
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Alright friends, thanks to generous contacts, I'm currently at 220+ stills (majority at 800DPI) for the project. And so I've made an assessment of what stills are missing and you can see them here: ****EDIT- Removed the link - send a message if you're interested**** These sample images come from the...
by Scott J
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Back on the subject of stills - do any collectors out there have some nice ones of Mary Philbin? I just picked up two stills of the personal variety of Mary at work in her garden and also her with a dog in her yard. I really do want to produce a featurette on her but have very little in the way of b...
by Scott J
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Very nice work - I do wish Photoplay and Davis had done the longer version at the time. Your effort gives us a taste of what could have been. For comparison purposes to your version, here's an older effort from Ray Faiola to combine the 25 and 30 versions - I'm actually in awe of this thing because ...
by Scott J
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Well gang, some good news and bad news. The good news is, that rare stills set is now mine. The bad news is, so is the debt :mrgreen: Also, some wonderful people have gotten involved and I think we'll actually be able to recreate, or closely recreate the Milestone Ultimate Edition photo galleries in...
by Scott J
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?
Replies: 146
Views: 46165

Re: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?

Blu-ray can do 60fps progressively, which would work nicely for 20fps silent films - just triple each frame and voilà! But the 60fps Blu-ray standard is restricted at 720p resolution - and all the extra fames may reduce the efficiency of the compression. This may work best for lower-quality sources ...
by Scott J
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

I heard a very intriguing theory about recovering more image quality in those Show at Home prints, by scanning two copies and combining the differential image information in each to create a higher quality composite. Yes that is true. There's several ways to do that and each shot will require custo...
by Scott J
Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

I've looked heavily into this, and I'm afraid I have disappointing info. Other than the first reel in 35mm, nothing in high-quality 35mm has turned up for the original 1925 release of Phantom - and Universal included it in their worldwide search when setting up their Silent Film Initiative. There ex...
by Scott J
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

There's definitely more than 8k (around 33 megapixels) worth of detail in these 8x10s struck off the original negatives. I purchased a couple prints from this collector to make sure he was legit. When scanning these prints, they out-resolve 800 DPI which is roughly 51 megapixels for an 8x10 - at lea...
by Scott J
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Does anyone know which film format these stills were taken with? Below is a 1:1 crop of a 1200dpi scan of this image - you may have to open the cropped image in another window or download it to see the full size. Being that these stills were made directly off the camera negative, the detail is beaut...
by Scott J
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: GoFundMe: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Rare Stills
Replies: 1
Views: 1259

Re: GoFundMe: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Rare Stills

Does anyone know which film format these stills were taken with? Below is a 1:1 crop of a 1200dpi scan of this image - you may have to open the cropped image in another window or download it to see the full size. Being that these stills were made directly off the camera negative, the detail is beaut...
by Scott J
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

I updated the fundraiser with new reward levels and resolutions. Should be a little something for everyone now.
by Scott J
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

No worries - I adore the black & white photography - it's iconic and gorgeous. Almost 100 years old and it only gets better with age! :) In cases such as the "Raoul and the Ballerinas" image, I only did the color version because a magazine from that era used a colorized version to advertise the film...
by Scott J
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Thank you Bruce and Darren! You both have a PM! :)
by Scott J
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Update - I have a fundraiser going for rare stills of the film. https://www.gofundme.com/phantom-of-the ... 925-stills

Additional information is in the Crowdfunding Sub-Forum http://nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=25515
by Scott J
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: GoFundMe: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Rare Stills
Replies: 1
Views: 1259

GoFundMe: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Rare Stills

Update: Added new reward levels and image resolutions https://www.gofundme.com/phantom-of-the-opera-1925-stills As some of you know, I have been researching the longer cut of Phantom in order to create a new restoration based on the best elements I can find. This GoFundMe is somewhat related to that...
by Scott J
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Nice work: I originally lifted the image of Norman Kerry and the ballerinas from this magazine. http://mls.bireme.br/_popup_pdf.php?data=s|1926|03|06|0261" target="_blank" target="_blank Glad you like it, and thank you for sharing the source. Kinda funny that they flipped it horizontally. More inte...
by Scott J
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Thank you everyone for the enthusiasm! :) I'll definitely take your ideas and see what I can do. And thank you radiotelefonia! I haven't seen some of those before. I'll put them up on the site :) As for Raoul and the Ballerinas. That picture has always driven me crazy. Such high resolution but compr...
by Scott J
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12700

New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Announcing a new website for this classic - https://www.phantom1925.com/. My primary intention is for it to be a digital museum of sorts and to acquire & share high quality and interesting materials relating to the film.

So let me know what you think. I'm open to suggestions and submissions. :)
by Scott J
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?
Replies: 146
Views: 46165

Re: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?

Came across this while researching my Phantom project. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/monsterkidclassichorrorforum/download/file.php?id=1212&mode=view Fun to imagine being there in 1925 and seeing this! Added some color for further enjoyment. I make no claims of historical accuracy :mrgreen: https:...
by Scott J
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: The Exchange
Topic: Wanted: Phantom of the Opera (1925) Stills, Various
Replies: 1
Views: 1206

Wanted: Phantom of the Opera (1925) Stills, Various

I'm on the hunt for anything related to Phantom, but of particular interest are stills from the production. Even a high resolution scan of your treasures would be useful. Message me for more details.
by Scott J
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 216
Views: 57799

Re: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag4aw-MpxB0 Another demo. Ultimately, I will have to redo all these shots when I get the new scans done. It is then that I will go into even greater detail in cleanup and colorization. What I really need right now are high-resolution photos of the production and post...
by Scott J
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Replies: 1
Views: 1826

Re: Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Image

Also interested in getting a better look at this poster. Sadly, this is the best representation I could find of it. There is an even blurrier black and white version in Philip Riley's book.
by Scott J
Fri May 26, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Replies: 1
Views: 1826

Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Looking for high quality, high resolution stills for a special project, especially those from deleted scenes. Start off with this rejected​ stereo pair. Still pretty cool https://i.imgur.com/OdElULY.jpg Wish I could get a high resolution scan of these: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/VkGYC-d1JGQ/hqdefault.jp...
by Scott J
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 216
Views: 57799

Re: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera

I actually really like your work here. Perhaps fanedit isn't the best term. I just come from the world of fanedits. We all want a good reconstruction of the longer cut. Sorry l was being harsh. Was a bit startled that you had incorporated my work. Not sure who gave you a thumbs down, but I just gave...
by Scott J
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 216
Views: 57799

Re: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera

The BFI's HD scan of the Hampton print has been used for practice and to produce proofs of concept so I could make contacts (this has been achieved). I am currently lining up a different Hampton print without the horrible warping featured on the BFI print. Also, the BFI print has been cropped and sh...