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by Nick_M
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: A Small Request For Info
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: A Small Request For Info

I think Clue has a legal-sized envelope of evidence burning
by Nick_M
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: A Small Request For Info
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: A Small Request For Info

Girl Shy?
by Nick_M
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

The way to check is to step frame-by-frame through at least a full second of video, not trying different hardware. That said, if you're happy and you can't see it even when you look for it...once you do, you'll never unsee it.
by Nick_M
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

All BD releases of silents that are speed-corrected and encoded at 24fps suffer from stuttering. There are old threads here about the issue. It's because the people in charge refuse to interlace or otherwise use 60fps (in the case of DCPs). That VHS is interlaced- every frame is repeated, but the mo...
by Nick_M
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 167
Views: 7618

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

I, too, expected it to look a lot better. This "restoration" is splotchy, smeary, and its motion interpolation moves as badly as on TVs from a decade ago, with grain seemingly glued on top of people. I've seen pristine (how Jackson abuses that word!) restorations, and this was two hours of processin...
by Nick_M
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: COPYRIGHT LAW
Replies: 21
Views: 1638

Re: COPYRIGHT LAW

All those dupes didn't stop UCLA from restoring His Girl Friday. Criterion even has the nerve to charge fifty bucks for it!
by Nick_M
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Nothing Sacred (1937)
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Nothing Sacred (1937)

UCLA shows the Disney restoration, which looks in line with Becky Sharp , The Garden of Allah , and A Star is Born . In other words, warm, with an emphasis on yellows and other colors impossible with other contemporary processes. The new disc follows the DI-era trend of using cooler color temperatur...
by Nick_M
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Nothing Sacred (1937)
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Nothing Sacred (1937)

I've twice seen it in 35mm at UCLA, and the earlier BD matches it better. Lombard's hair is GREEN in some of those screenshots of the new disc!
by Nick_M
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: A Star is Born... after 3 hours
Replies: 68
Views: 25939

Re: A Star is Born... after 3 hours

He was odd about Frankenstein, but he released it on DVD. What film was he hiding from everyone?
by Nick_M
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 120 Hz vs 60Hz with silent blurays
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: 120 Hz vs 60Hz with silent blurays

120Hz would look more like film, since there would be no 3:2 pulldown. Each frame at 24fps would display five times.
by Nick_M
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 120 Hz vs 60Hz with silent blurays
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: 120 Hz vs 60Hz with silent blurays

It will be the same. The duplicated frames will still be there and held for the same amount of time.
by Nick_M
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!
Replies: 41
Views: 3563

Re: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!

I finally got it with GetRight
by Nick_M
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!
Replies: 41
Views: 3563

Re: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!

Zepfanman wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:48 pm
EDIT: I went ahead and uploaded a copy myself... with permission from composer Donald Sosin!
But, being an LoC production, isn't the recording public domain? Nobody needs permission.
by Nick_M
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Warner Archive DVD Collection Query (Sales)
Replies: 5
Views: 789

Re: Warner Archive DVD Collection Query (Sales)

I think I've seen them new at Amoeba here in Los Angeles, though not many. They definitely carry the BDs.
by Nick_M
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: COPYRIGHT LAW
Replies: 21
Views: 1638

Re: COPYRIGHT LAW

It was those $5 mute VHS releases from GoodTimes that helped me get into silents as a kid. Nearly thirty years later, I regularly buy premium BDs and travel to see prints of silents. I'll never knock a bargain PD release simply for being. There's a market for a $1 The Lady Vanishes and a market for ...
by Nick_M
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: COPYRIGHT LAW
Replies: 21
Views: 1638

Re: COPYRIGHT LAW

Techdirt has said that there's no active movement to extend copyright, and that there's even talk of reducing it: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180108/10560438959/copyright-maximalists-throw-towel-term-extension-admit-that-maybe-copyright-is-too-long.shtml Just be ready to contact your congres...
by Nick_M
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Cinecon location
Replies: 15
Views: 1503

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: 1503

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: 5357

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: 4868

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: 1868

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: 3345

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: 47342

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: 47342

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: 2811

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: 2278

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: 21695

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...