The Old Dark House: (James Whale, 1932) - new print on tour

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#1 Post by HerrSchreck » Mon May 08, 2006 6:18 am

NY Film Forum recently had a Boris Karloff fest wherein a newly found print was shown, alleged to be far superior to the long-described Only Print In Existence (used for the Kino dvd, and, if my memory serves, was a 16 reduction blown back to 35mm). If I remember correct it was a library of congress print, newly discovered. Anybody see this, particularly those familiar with the older Curtis Harrington-related print.?

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#2 Post by Mysterypez » Mon May 08, 2006 4:37 pm

I have seen a version of the LOC print. That print had some contrast and exposures issues, but I am told that the final restoration that LOC produced is quite nice.

This LOC restoration originates from a Fine Grain Master that was printed directly the Nitrate neg, before it disappeared/decomposed. In fact there are three FGMs that were produced off the nitrate. One end up at Universal (now MIA), one end up at LOC, and one end up at another film archive.

The LOC restoration was done in 1999/2000 so I wouldn't call this newly discovered, just long ignored.

The Kino DVD does come from a 16mm print. And yes Kino did try and access the 35mm material at LOC and this other archive…… but alas no go.

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#3 Post by HerrSchreck » Wed May 10, 2006 7:05 am

That's disappointing. I hope someone like eh Universal throws down dvdibs on it. It's too fabulous a film, the ghost of Paul Leni inhabiting Whale (who worshipped Leni, particularly the now super-difficult to see THE LAST WARNING, I've got a friggin wall projection of the thing from years ago).

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#4 Post by HerrSchreck » Wed May 10, 2006 8:47 am

Btw do you know what "the other archive" is?

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