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by Nick_M
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Cinecon location
Replies: 15
Views: 1399

Re: Cinecon location

Not only Airbnb, but there are several hostels nearby. The Egyptian has great public transit access, too. A hotel along the Red Line or the several bus lines would be fairly easy to do.
by Nick_M
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Cinecon location
Replies: 15
Views: 1399

Re: Cinecon location

The solution to being awakened is simple: sleep with earplugs.
by Nick_M
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Rohauer question
Replies: 28
Views: 5198

Re: Rohauer question

How long does a donor restriction last?
by Nick_M
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Cataloging your disc collection electronically
Replies: 26
Views: 4499

Re: Cataloging your disc collection electronically

You should seriously consider using database software, or software that you control, instead of starting an inventory on another online-only platform. You already lost one online-only inventory, and are dreading inputting everything again. Why would you risk it once more? I use Microsoft Access, whi...
by Nick_M
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: PC: At Paramount Pictures, Movies Don't Preserve Themselves
Replies: 9
Views: 1789

Re: PC: At Paramount Pictures, Movies Don't Preserve Themsel

In one of the extras on the BD, they brag about giving it a modern DI (so it won't look so old), and it shows a tech brightening only an actor's face instead of adjusting the entire frame.
by Nick_M
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?
Replies: 14
Views: 3209

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

As part of the deal to get video projectors, many theaters were required to destroy their film projectors.
Link with pictures.
by Nick_M
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?
Replies: 146
Views: 46096

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

All modern video formats and systems can play 60fps. The same is true with theatrical projectors, officially or not. DCP even has an Archival Frame Rates standard , but it's not mandatory. I've read of theatrical projectors being tricked into playing arbitrary frame rates, but I can't find the artic...
by Nick_M
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?
Replies: 146
Views: 46096

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

Wow, the included restoration of The Ghost of Slumber Mountain is terrible! It's severely cropped and had excessive motion-stabilization applied, looking like an unfortunate YouTube upload where the uploader checked the "stabilize image" box. Spot-checking The Lost World , it's mastered at 24fps wit...
by Nick_M
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Will Mickey Mouse Finally Enter the Public Domain?
Replies: 23
Views: 2578

Re: Will Mickey Mouse Finally Enter the Public Domain?

Technically, Steamboat Willie is already in the public domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboat ... ght_status. Hasn't been tested, though.
by Nick_M
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Need Help with Swank and Accompaniment
Replies: 12
Views: 2187

Re: Need Help with Swank and Accompaniment

The Alloy Orchestra played to it in San Francisco a little over a year ago.
by Nick_M
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino
Replies: 87
Views: 21038

Re: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino

What is "Step Printing"? Can someone explain? From what I can gather (I am probably wrong?) but are you saying that every 5th frame that comes along is then repeated twice? So in other words it would be as follows: [...] Is that right? If so -- wouldn't it be too fast to notice? Plus? Why do they d...
by Nick_M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!
Replies: 41
Views: 8597

Re: Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!

I've seen Bromberg perform to this. He's good. I wouldn't turn down a screening where he's playing.
by Nick_M
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: NEW National Film Registry titles!
Replies: 46
Views: 3760

Re: NEW National Film Registry titles!

Face it, Die Hard and Titanic are old enough to be classics, and it's hard to overstate how they're culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. The only surprise about Titanic is that it wasn't added ten years ago. Now this is interesting: Who set up the National Film Registry and why? C...
by Nick_M
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: KING OF KINGS Restoration Trailer
Replies: 43
Views: 12859

Re: KING OF KINGS Restoration Trailer

The SFSFF is going to show it in March at Grace Cathedral.
by Nick_M
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?
Replies: 146
Views: 46096

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

At least you can push the mute button. Here in Los Angeles, Cliff Retallick has taken over nearly every regular silent screening at all the theaters, and he's TERRIBLE.
by Nick_M
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Getting Technicolor Effect
Replies: 8
Views: 1885

Re: Getting Technicolor Effect

See http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/oldcolo ... color7.htm for a diagram.

Glare with red halos happens because, in the camera, the red layer is exposed behind the blue layer. Blue and green are equally sharp, but the red layer is comparatively blurry.
by Nick_M
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912
Replies: 8
Views: 2201

Re: The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912

However...
DVDBeaver wrote:The restoration is [...] an amazing 1080P presentation. [...] It can, predictably, be a bit jerky in motion and contrast levels have minor flickering but the 100-year+ visuals...
That's where we are now. It's again accepted that silents are jerky.
by Nick_M
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino
Replies: 87
Views: 21038

Re: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino

Disc 2: HARAKIRI 1919 Germany 87 Min. Color Tinted Music by Aljoscha Zimmermann THE WANDERING SHADOW (Das Wandernde Bild) 1920 Germany 67 Min. Color Tinted Music by Aljoscha Zimmermann Note: Both films on Disc 2 are standard definition masters that have been up-converted for Blu-ray release. Blech....
by Nick_M
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Best copyright issue ever.
Replies: 46
Views: 17458

Re: Best copyright issue ever.

The case has apparently been settled, and it appears the human photographer will keep the copyright, only donating 25% of fees to groups protecting macaques. https://www.yahoo.com/news/fight-over-rights-monkeys-selfie-ends-settlement-215010152.html" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank" t...
by Nick_M
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?
Replies: 146
Views: 46096

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

However, a DVD sent USPS First Class costs about the same as media mail
by Nick_M
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Criterion ~ The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ray
Replies: 48
Views: 13605

Re: Criterion ~ The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ra

Oh, wow! I'd never seen Kino's Nosferatu. I thought the Eureka disc was "passable," but that's awful!
by Nick_M
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Criterion ~ The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ray
Replies: 48
Views: 13605

Re: Criterion ~ The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ra

Wouldn't you have to triple every single frame to reproduce 20fps at 60fps ? That wouldn't seem like a good idea to me at all. As long as each frame is held for (approximately) the same amount of time, then motion will be smooth and even. In this case, 1 frame at 20fps = 50ms and 3 frames at 60fps ...
by Nick_M
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Criterion ~ The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ray
Replies: 48
Views: 13605

Re: Criterion ~ The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ra

It has nothing to do with hardware. Think in terms of audio, and imagine a single buzzing channel (or the loudness war). Incredibly, not everyone would notice the buzz unless it's pointed out to them. I would have great difficulty hearing past it. When the repeat cycle is shorter, like every fourth ...
by Nick_M
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Criterion ~ The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ray
Replies: 48
Views: 13605

Re: Criterion ~ The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ra

I just got the disc, and both movies are incorrectly transferred at 1080p. For The Lodger, every fifth frame repeats; Downhill, every fourth.
by Nick_M
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Digitizing CD/DVD/Blu-ray Collection
Replies: 6
Views: 2577

Re: Digitizing CD/DVD/Blu-ray Collection

Here's an antacid for your heartburn: https://w2.eff.org/IP/eff_fair_use_faq.php . Go straight to point 4. Nobody cares if you're copying for personal use. If you still worry, then be smart and don't say anything. The alternative is buying multiple copies of things you already own, which is stupid. ...
by Nick_M
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE LOST WORLD (1925) - new restoration?
Replies: 146
Views: 46096

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

Might I plead that, if this is going to be running at a speed other than 24fps, you do 1080i instead of 1080p, in order to ward off any undesirable motion artifacting? Judging by the clip on Vimeo , it will have stuttering motion. I spot-checked and it was repeating every 2nd, 3rd, and 5th frames. ...
by Nick_M
Wed May 31, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: OF OZ THE WIZARD (1939)
Replies: 13
Views: 3328

Re: OF OZ THE WIZARD (1939)

Brief interview with the creator: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/someone_has_alphabetized_the_wizard_of_oz_and_the_result_is_amazing Dangerous Minds: GOOD GOD, MAN, WHY DID YOU DO THIS CRAZY THING? Matt Bucy: It was a challenge from a friend, Ray Guillette, to do something never done before. Whi...
by Nick_M
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE are coming to 3-D Blu-ray!
Replies: 10
Views: 3042

Re: THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE are coming to 3-D Blu-ray!

With other facilities, what does $200K get that justifies the bigger cost? Is it the difference between a full preservation/restoration versus a nice home video master? If I wanted to look, what benefits would I see?
by Nick_M
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: 3/25 - Northridge, CA - The General
Replies: 0
Views: 745

3/25 - Northridge, CA - The General

http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.o ... he-general

The General (1927)
Music compiled by Dennis James, on organ
with New West Symphony - Richard Kaufman, conductor
Saturday, March 25, 8pm, $33
at Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge, CA