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Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Richard--W » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:59 pm

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned that Paramount and The Film Foundation under Martin Scorsese have quietly restored 800 -- that's right, 800 -- films produced by Republic Studio between 1935 and 1959. This is an extraordinary effort, of unprecedented size and scope:

http://www.film-foundation.org/republic-rediscovered

A complete list of the restored titles has not been released, but the Museum of Modern Art will be screening a few:

http://press.moma.org/wp-content/files_ ... hedule.pdf
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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Marr&Colton » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:08 am

I was wondering why quite a few obscure Republic titles have shown up in the last couple years. This is indeed great news.
I always liked Republic's output from 1935 to the early 50s---after that the quality plummeted!

BTW---you can get rid of the annoying "target--blank" statements next to the link by just editing the post and deleting them---they are not part of the link and seem to be part of the mechanism on this website after posting links.

I always delete them from my posts.

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Unread post by Ray Faiola » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:02 am

Great news. Now maybe more folks will get to see MERCY ISLAND!! :twisted:
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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Richard--W » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:40 am

800 feature films is a staggering number of restorations.

Here is wikipedia's list of Republic Productions:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_R ... ures_films" target="_blank

So many interesting films.

Kino-Lorber is the home-video distributor, evidently. No doubt their recent Roy Rogers release SUNSET IN THE WEST is an indication of how some of those Trucolor titles will look on blu-ray -- in a word, spectacular.

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Unread post by MaryGH » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:28 pm

This is of great interest to me.

Tom Tyler made a number of Republic pictures Three Mesquiteers films between 1941 and 1943, it would be nice if I knew which if any have been restored.
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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Harold Aherne » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:09 pm

Nice to see one of Mr. Dunn's films leading off the series, lesser in his filmography as it may be. I wonder if any attempts have been (or will be) made to locate The Harvester and The Oregon Trail, a pair of missing Republics from 1936.

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Richard--W » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:52 pm

I'm interested mainly in the westerns, and Trucolor westerns in particular. Hellfire (1949) and Ride the Man Down (1952) are darkly photographed film noir westerns in the two-color process. The former makes an expressionistic use of the color red, while the latter just might be the best film Republic ever made. Certainly it is the best film Joseph Kane ever directed. It's a Luke Short story, which helps.

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Cinephile59 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:49 am

I have asked this question on twitter, unfortunately I have not received a reply. As this is such an important season, is Dave Kehr planning to bring it to Bologna this June?

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Unread post by OLM » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:56 am

Ray Faiola wrote:Great news. Now maybe more folks will get to see MERCY ISLAND!! :twisted:
And same goes for my personal Republic charmer, SWING YOUR PARTNER!!!!

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Unread post by Brooksie » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:03 am

What of the serials, I wonder? We were recently talking on another thread about the fact that a Blu Ray of Spy Smasher or G-Men Vs The Black Dragon would be most welcome, but if the aim is to produce restorations for the big screen rather than the home video market, I guess the chances aren't high.

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Richard--W » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:03 pm

I've been wondering about the chapter serials, too.

Film Foundation is being chintzy with the information, aren't they.

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by SilentsPlease » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:10 pm

We need to be clear that the article only says 800 films are *preserved*, and only 30 have been restored. That means 770 are not yet restored. "Preserved" doesn't mean much other than the films are in storage somewhere, which they probably have been for decades. There are tons of the titles "preserved" for decades in places like the Library of Congress, but do we get to see all of them? Of course not. Not without someone paying for their restorations. Not without DVD/BD companies or Kickstarter campaigns like this one paying for DVD/BD releases. What I don't see in the article (or anywhere else) is that someone saying all 770 titles will be definitely RESTORED down the road. And I don't blame them for not saying it, since restorations of such a scale would be expensive. My guess would be $20 million or more to restore all 770 titles. So until I see a news report with a quote or two from someone saying a comparable dollar amount will be used for the restorations, I will curb my enthusiasm. And to the OP's point, maybe that's why this isn't big news, yet.

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Unread post by Robert W » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:15 pm

Turner Classic Movies did a presentation on this at one of the recent TCM Classic Film Festivals with some of the restoration team present. We had a short presentation of about 30 titles that had been done, with short samples of the title sequences and followed by a clip from the restored films. I have the program list of the titles we saw but can't find it right now.

Most of the titles are being restored digitally, meaning they are not output back to film for preservation negatives, prints, etc.

I specifically asked if they were doing the entire library, including the shorts and they said 'Yes!", so the serials are also safe (if you consider digital preservation "safe").

One of the titles they demo'ed was S.O.S. Tidal Wave which I recently picked up on blu-ray because the clips they showed looked like a lot of fun.

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Richard--W » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:20 pm

Evidently, then, the restorations and releases have been going on for awhile.

It is not unusual today for "restoration" to mean a DCP with no return to film element, unfortunately.

I looked on amazon and found that Kino Lorber has released Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) and Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)on blu-ray, while Olive Films has released Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955), all from new 4k scans. So the serials are included. Let's hope they get to Spy Smasher (1942) soon.

I have the 4K release of Orson Welles' Macbeth (1948) and Roy Rogers' Sunset In the West (1950).

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Unread post by Richard--W » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:40 pm

I've heard that another Roy Rogers restoration and Singing Guns (1950 in Trucolor) with Vaughn Monroe are coming soon.

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by SilentsPlease » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:04 pm

Richard--W wrote:Evidently, then, the restorations and releases have been going on for awhile.

It is not unusual today for "restoration" to mean a DCP with no return to film element, unfortunately.

I looked on amazon and found that Kino Lorber has released Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) and Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)on blu-ray, while Olive Films has released Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955), all from new 4k scans. So the serials are included. Let's hope they get to Spy Smasher (1942) soon.

I have the 4K release of Orson Welles' Macbeth (1948) and Roy Rogers' Sunset In the West (1950).
I looked up all the Blu-rays by Olive Films at Blu-ray.com and found out it has actually released 52 Blu-rays of Republic titles (list below). But a majority of those were released in 2012 and 2013. Not many have been released since. Not all are 4K restorations, of course, but even the average-looking ones like "Rio Grande" (screen captures) look pretty decent. Together with the Kino Lorber releases, which I haven't checked, it seems well over 30 titles have been restored, which is comforting to know. And there may be a lot more restored titles and titles under restoration that we don't know about, such as "That Brennan Girl" that will open the MOMA showings next month.

Overland Stage Raiders (1938)
Red River Range (1938)
Three Texas Steers (1939)
Macbeth (1948)
Rio Grande (1950)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Westward Ho (1935)
The New Frontier (1935)
The Lawless Nineties (1936)
King of the Pecos (1936)
The Lonely Trail (1936)
A Man Betrayed (1936)
Pals of the Saddle (1938)
Santa Fe Stampede (1938)
Wyoming Outlaw (1939)
New Frontier (1939)
Three Faces West (1940)
Lady from Louisiana (1941)
Lady for a Night (1942)
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
Strangers in the Night (1944)
Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)
Angel and the Badman (1947)
Wake of the Red Witch (1949)
The Red Pony (1949)
The Red Menace (1949)
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
Hoodlum Empire (1952)
The Quiet Man (1952)
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
City That Never Sleeps (1953)
Hell's Half Acre (1954)
The Atomic Kid (1954)
Flying Tigers (1942)
I've Always Loved You (1946)
That's My Man (1947)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Man of Conquest (1939)
The Kid from Cleveland (1949)
The Invisible Monster (1950)
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)
The Shanghai Story (1954)
The Eternal Sea (1955)
No Man's Woman (1955)
Track the Man Down (1956)
The Weapon (1957)
Sabotage (1939)
Brazil (1944)
S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939)
The Vampire's Ghost (1945)

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Robert W » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:12 pm

By sheer coincidence, I found the program from the TCM presentation last night. We were treated to clips from :

Yokel Boy (1942)
$1,000 A Minute (1935)
Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)
The Leavenworth Case (1935)
Army Girl (1935)
Larceny On The Air (1937)
S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939)
Rosie, The Riveter (1944)
The Port of Forty Thieves (1944)
Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
Born To Be Wild (1938)
Man of Conquest (1939)
Grand Ole Opry (1940)
In Old Caliente (1939)
Twilight In The Sierras (1950)
Belle of Coronado (1950)
Sunset In The West (1950)
Lost Planet Airmen (1951)
The Tiger Woman (1944)
Flying Disc Man From Mars (1950)
The Invisible Monster (1950)
Don Daredevil Rides Again (1951)
Government Agents vs Phantom Legion (1951)
Radar Men From The Moon (1952)
King of the Carnival (1955)

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by SilentsPlease » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:49 pm

The MOMA screenings start today. As mentioned earlier, the 30 films will be shown in two parts. The first 15 films will be shown during Feb 1st to 15th (list below, only 3 are on Blu-rays currently), and the rest in August. Btw, I only counted 14 films in this month's showings:

That Brennan Girl (1946) - 2/1/2018, 2/9/2018, 2/15/2018
Hellfire (1949) - 2/2/2018, 2/6/2018, 2/13/2018
Driftwood (1947) - 2/2/2018, 2/8/2018
City That Never Sleeps (1953) - 2/3/2018, 2/11/2018
The Flame (1947) - 2/3/2018, 2/6/2018
Angel on the Amazon (1948) - 2/3/2018, 2/7/2018
Trigger, Jr. (1950) - 2/4/2018, 2/10/2018
The Red Pony (1949) - 2/4/2018, 2/12/2018
The Plunderers (1948) - 2/5/2018, 2/11/2018
Accused of Murder (1956) - 2/5/2018, 2/7/2018
The Inside Story (1948) - 2/8/2018, 2/13/2018
Storm Over Lisbon (1944) - 2/9/2018, 2/14/2018
Stranger at My Door (1956) - 2/10/2018, 2/12/2018
I've Always Loved You (1946) - 2/10/2018. 2/14/2018

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Daniel Eagan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:40 pm

Hellfire looks great



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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by wich2 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:00 am

Boy, lots of ol' Henry around here lately.

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Re: Republic Rediscovered

Unread post by Richard--W » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:44 am

That frame from Hellfire is a miraculous upgrade, compared to the blurry prints I've seen before.
Can't wait for a bluray release.

Kino Lorber announced a summer bluray of The Lost Command on their facebook page.

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Unread post by Ray Faiola » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:11 am

Fantastic score by Max Steiner!
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