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Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

Unread post by camaro » Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:44 am

Very cool, I was wondering when there would be news on the other silent titles Universal was working on. It would be nice if they would release them on blu ray though!

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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

Unread post by Rodney » Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:58 am

Shown yesterday at sfsff (from film). It looked extremely good through most of the running -- very sharp detail. Some nitrate decomp at the end, so we missed a few shots during the ultimate fight. Bravo! Excellent accompaniment by Stephen Horne.
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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

Unread post by Danny Burk » Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:51 am

Was it from the same source as the old Blackhawk prints (nitrate found in a Minnesota barn, IIRC, with much decomposition), or has another print been found?

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Unread post by Rodney » Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:37 pm

I talked to Jon Mirsalis, and it was in fact the barn discovery. The nitrate decomp doesn't show up until near the end. I can only expect that no other print has shown up, or it would have been used.
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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

Unread post by Jim Harwood » Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:24 pm

Was the final shot of the film the two leads looking out over San Francisco thru the large picture window of their apartment? That's how my 16mm Universal Show at Home print ends, whereas the old Blackhawk print didn't have this footage.

I did offer my print to Universal for the restoration, but they said they had it covered in 35mm.

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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

Unread post by Brooksie » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:48 pm

Jim Harwood wrote:Was the final shot of the film the two leads looking out over San Francisco thru the large picture window of their apartment? That's how my 16mm Universal Show at Home print ends, whereas the old Blackhawk print didn't have this footage.
Speaking strictly from memory, I believe so. It went over very well at the SFSFF - as Rodney says, the decomp is minimal, and restricted mainly to the last reel. The rest looked pretty terrific.

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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

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" I did offer my print to Universal for the restoration, but they said they had it covered in 35mm..."

If this was said about HORSEFEATHERS, I shudder to think....

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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

Unread post by Roscoe » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:02 am

The picture was bright and clear, and looked frankly too bright and too clear -- it looked like it was being shown on a video screen with some kind of motion-smoothing function going on, which doesn't often happen at the SF Silent Film Festival.
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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

Unread post by linquist » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:51 am

I watched OUTSIDE THE LAW yesterday and came across an article in Motion Picture News that said that the film was released at 8 reels or 104 minutes. This was just prior to its Los Angeles preview. I assume that since the New York preview was on the same day, that no additional cutting was done. The version I watched seemed to have been around 75 minutes so a half hour had been cut out from the film at some time. There were suggests on line that Chaney's Ah Wing role was severely chopped down at the film's re-release in 1926. I can tell that there was severe cutting during the fight scene, at least in the copy I watched, as Priscilla Dean was physically fighting with a man and then suddenly attending to her father. It was very good movie and I'm glad its not lost but it is a shame about what is lost and damaged. The press considered the fight scene the better than 1914's THE SPOILERS.

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Re: Universal restores OUTSIDE THE LAW

Unread post by linquist » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:32 am

oops. i made a mistake, I see. There was a three week difference between the Los Angeles and the New York City release. Still, once it was out, I doubt they tinkered with it at that time, but who knows.

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