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by FlickeringWindow
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: BFI to release BIRTH OF A NATION in September
Replies: 169
Views: 59866

Re: BFI to release BIRTH OF A NATION in September

Thanks, FW! In a perfect world, that classic series will be upgraded - and then, someone will do the same for the similarly excellent MEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES. Including the restoration of Cliff Robertson's terrific narration, as good in its own way as Mason's. -Craig AMC, when they used to show cla...
by FlickeringWindow
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: BFI to release BIRTH OF A NATION in September
Replies: 169
Views: 59866

Re: BFI to release BIRTH OF A NATION in September

That's true too, Dean! (Hasn't someone posted here test clips from a "What If?" upgrade of that classic series?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NlRDYyTD4k I started reconstructing the first episode in HD just as a fun experiment. I've been meaning to do the comedy episode since 100% of the clips c...
by FlickeringWindow
Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: "Hollywood" (Brownlow/Gill) Reconstruction Demo
Replies: 19
Views: 10147

Re: "Hollywood" (Brownlow/Gill) Reconstruction Demo

AMC, back when they aired classic film, had a reconstructed version of the Alfred Hitchcock episode of The Men Who Made the Movies. All the clips came from the then-current broadcast masters with all widescreen films properly letterboxed. It would be easy to upgrade it to HD since all the featured f...
by FlickeringWindow
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kino Bluray FAUST November 17
Replies: 5
Views: 1748

Re: Kino Bluray FAUST November 17

The export cut would have to be remastered. It's unlikely Kino would make any profit from having to do that when there's an excellent HD master of the German cut already. They could have done what Masters of Cinema did for the UK release, which was simply upscaling the export cut to HD, but it's kin...
by FlickeringWindow
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: "Hollywood" (Brownlow/Gill) Reconstruction Demo
Replies: 19
Views: 10147

Re: "Hollywood" (Brownlow/Gill) Reconstruction Demo

I inventoried all the excerpts in the "Comedy: A Serious Business" episode and I believe all of the excerpts are available on DVD. In fact, nine of the films are also on Blu-Ray. If a professional reconstruction were performed, an additional four films could possibly utilize high definition transfer...
by FlickeringWindow
Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: "Hollywood" (Brownlow/Gill) Reconstruction Demo
Replies: 19
Views: 10147

Re: "Hollywood" (Brownlow/Gill) Reconstruction Demo

Wonderful work! The improved footage really does make a difference. If I were filthy rich, I know what some of my money would be going to finance. :) By the way, this clip of Griffith from the 1930 BOAN—I wonder if this is available for viewing in its entirety? It's on Kino's Blu-Ray as a bonus fea...
by FlickeringWindow
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: "Hollywood" (Brownlow/Gill) Reconstruction Demo
Replies: 19
Views: 10147

"Hollywood" (Brownlow/Gill) Reconstruction Demo

A lot of silent film fans owe Kevin Brownlow and David Gill a lot of praise for their incredible "Hollywood" miniseries. Not only full of great clips and interviews, the whole series has brilliant editing. More on that later. The miniseries was initially released on home video by HBO Video on both l...
by FlickeringWindow
Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The Big Trail (1930)--new DVD coming
Replies: 39
Views: 8628

Re: The Big Trail (1930)--new DVD coming

I have the 2-disc DVD with both versions and the Grandeur is definitely anamorphic widescreen. However, I suspect it was mastered from an older transfer since it has some odd aliasing. Both versions look great on the Blu-Ray, especially since the Movietone version wasn't even a new transfer on the D...
by FlickeringWindow
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: It Happened One Night 4K Restoration
Replies: 32
Views: 8185

Re: It Happened One Night 4K Restoration

I think the general consensus is that 8K was overkill for GWTW and Oz. No other 35mm films have had scans that high resolution. 6K seems to be the norm for films restored for final output at 4K like Universal's restorations of Dracula '31, Frankenstein '31, and All Quiet on the Western Front. I thin...
by FlickeringWindow
Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Safety Last Blu-Ray
Replies: 161
Views: 38377

Re: Safety Last Blu-Ray

Criterion will probably pair up the shorter features. I'd expect only Girl Shy, The Kid Brother, Speedy, and The Freshman to get releases devoted mainly to themselves. A Sailor-Made Man, Grandma's Boy, Dr. Jack, Why Worry?, Hot Water, and For Heaven's Sake would make a trio of double features. They ...
by FlickeringWindow
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Safety Last Blu-Ray
Replies: 161
Views: 38377

Re: Safety Last Blu-Ray

sc1957 wrote:The New Line Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection version of Safety Last is 73 minutes in length.

The upcoming Criterion version is listed as being 84 minutes.

Anyone care to comment?
UCLA's listing shows approx. 70 minutes at 24fps, so 20fps would be around 84 minutes.
by FlickeringWindow
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: LAT Review of NAPOLEON
Replies: 50
Views: 5425

Re: LAT Review of NAPOLEON

"The length of the version définitive was almost unimaginable 12,878 metres, 42 reels - the same length as the original version of Greed . It took nine hours to show - four and a half hours on each day. But even though this version was shown elsewhere, it must be regarded as a rough cut. Gance, like...
by FlickeringWindow
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: the worst silent film you've ever seen
Replies: 104
Views: 18193

Re: the worst silent film you've ever seen

The 1916 Oliver Hardy short One Too Many is fairly awful and unfunny.

I didn't care for Dr. Mabuse, Der Spieler. It felt terribly drawn out when it would have worked under 2 hours. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is one of my all-time favorites, though.