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SANGAREE in 3-D!

Unread post by Bob Furmanek » Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:21 am

"The BIG 3-D Attraction That's Worth Waiting For!"

It's not often that you have an opportunity to interview a living legend AND solve a mystery which has lingered in the technological history of motion pictures for more than half a century. Hillary Hess accomplishes both in her wonderfully detailed article, "An In-Depth Look at SANGAREE."

Miss Arlene Dahl shares her memories of the production and the origins of the Paravision camera rig (with its newly-discovered connection to a legendary comedian) are finally solved.

Noteworthy as the first 3-D production from Paramount; the first 3-D film in Technicolor; the first 3-D film based on a best-selling novel and the first 3-D film billed with an A-list cast, SANGAREE will be restored from original 35mm elements by the 3-D Film Archive and released on 3-D Blu-ray by Kino Lorber Studio Classics in 2018!

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Re: SANGAREE in 3-D!

Unread post by Bob Furmanek » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:08 pm

The raw scans for SANGAREE are in from FotoKem and – as expected – there are variable levels of color fade on the 35mm elements. The multitude of dupe negative opticals (fades, dissolves, etc.) are the most severe.

This was the first 3-D feature to be photographed on Eastmancolor negative film 5248 (25 ASA tungsten) and processed for release printing by Technicolor. The Archive once held an original 1953 dye-transfer 35mm Technicolor print and the opticals were grainy and washed-out, even in that non-faded, first-generation element. In fact, Paramount’s 3-D sneak preview set for April 15, 1953 had to be done flat as Technicolor was not able to deliver the matched left/right 35mm prints.

Clearly, the lab was having problems with these negatives.

3-D Film Archive Technical Director Greg Kintz and color restoration expert Jack Theakston will be working closely together to restore the original color palette. You can see an example of their preliminary results with this before/after frame of the opening Paramount logo.

On top of color fading, the opticals are very dirty and have been that way since day one. Digital restoration artist Thad Komorowski is warming up in the bullpen and ready to work his outstanding magic on yet another 3-D Film Archive title.

Have no fear; SANGAREE in 3-D will shine again!

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Re: SANGAREE in 3-D!

Unread post by Bob Furmanek » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:44 am

Hillary Hess reviews SANGAREE!

"Recently, I had the good fortune to see a preview of the new SANGAREE 3-D blu-ray, and am delighted to report it is better than anticipated, both in content and in presentation, even though expectations were high due to the reputation of the 3-D Film Archive team.

The film itself was surprisingly engaging, both due to its period spectacle and in no small part to the undeniable allure of the leads. Production design is pure “Hollywood historical,” with its fancifully opulent sets and ostentatious costuming contributing to the expected visual feast. Though not originally conceived for 3-D, the compositions take great advantage of the medium right down to smoke wafting at various distances in the tavern and meeting scenes. At one point, the black and white checkered floor of our screening room seemed to extend directly into that of the Darbys' Savannah mansion, the depth effect was so pronounced! There are a few off-screen effects, well motivated, but the strength of the 3-D here is the tangible presence of the proceedings. This would also include the palpable chemistry between Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas, arguably among the most attractive actors in motion pictures, 2-D or 3-D. Understanding they were at the height of their romance during production, one watches their ill-concealed ardor for each other and wonders where or even if there is a line between their acting and genuine physical attraction. Those wanting to get the most out of their 3-D gear shouldn't be disappointed. Even the rear-projection process shots are handled well here!

The blu-ray presentation is solid, and all the more remarkable after seeing the restoration demo extra feature. The original materials looked pretty crispy, and how Greg Kintz and Jack Theakston were able to get the color they did out of them, and have both panels match so well, is testament to their commitment and skill. The colors have the richness one expects from a Technicolor release, but even so, subtleties, such as Miss Dahl's pale green eye shadow, are not lost in the near acrobatic feat of color correction. To bring out both lush saturation and delicate subtlety from such compromised elements is no mean feat. The flesh tones betray no hint of dye fading; a good thing for a film in which the female leads model various low-cut gowns and Lamas spends a fair amount of time bare-chested. Even the opticals integrate reasonably well, with better sharpness than expected. Of course, one sees the usual tip-offs; increased contrast and a change in color balance, but sometimes you have to pay close attention to predict a fade or dissolve. Again, considering the condition of the elements, the results are quite impressive. Regarding sharpness, I don't recall any of the color films from the Golden Age of 3-D looking sharper and more detailed. One can see the patterns in the lace on the costumes as well as the texture of their fabrics, in addition to numerous other fine details. Also, as one expects from the 3-D Film Archive team, the 3-D presentation is superb with perfectly aligned panels and no eyestrain nor ghosting even in some contrasty day-for-night scenes. Plus the image is very clean, thanks to the efforts of Thad Komorowski. The ultimate effect for me was the most transparent presentation of a classic 3-D movie so far, with few limitations of the technology between me and the onscreen action.

In spite of not necessarily being among the more anticipated Golden Age 3-D films, SANGAREE turns out to be a fine piece of entertainment from every..ahem..perspective. Wonderful performances, great photography, compelling story, and is that a copious use of the Wilhelm Scream I hear during the scene with the pirate ship? Oh yeah, there's even a pirate ship in the mix! Everything in the movie is enhanced by the excellent 3-D. Bob Furmanek and the 3-D Film Archive crew have once again worked their magic and delivered a winner. After two viewings so far, this one has already become a favorite, and I suspect it will prove popular with others for a variety of reasons."

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