The Phantom of the Opera - Kino (10/13/15)

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  1. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    From Kino's Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/kinolorber...461832.53000.231011660280895/841352365913485/

    I was originally thinking I'd throw my Image Blu-ray up on eBay but apparently it will have different scores on the original 1925 version. So I'm not certain I want to depart with my Image disc yet.

    David Shepard has also revealed more details and some additional extras:
    http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20680&start=30#p156538

    http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20680&start=30#p156545

    So it sounds like a good five reels of [M]usic & [E]ffects tracks were found that synch. I'd like more clarifications of the statement "or we didn't use that part." Were whole reels
     
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    rxfiend Joe Six-Pack

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    Pardon my ignorance but why is the '25 version always in SD format on these releases?
     
  3. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    I've never heard a good explanation for that either. The only existing prints of the original 1925 theatrical version are 16mm home versions. So the existing materials are poor copies of what were already less than ideal elements. So not a lot of money goes into transferring these materials.

    Why they don't just take the existing 1929 35mm materials and edit them to suit the theatrical cut with 16mm elements to fill in between I don't know. As a one time student of film it seems an easy enough proposition to me. Even taking into consideration it's a PD film with little profitable upside, the time it would take seems rather trivial to me. (There's no soundtrack to sync and the cuts aren't radically different). And nobody complains about the quality of Hunchback in 16mm HD or Metropolis using 8mm in HD. You might need to re-score it, but then just about every edition has a new score anyways.

    I prefer the 1925 version, it flows better for me even though it's longer. At best you could say the 16mm version contains the best take from Camera A footage, while the 35mm version uses takes and camera angles of undeterminable pedigree. I think it's a tough to say whether the 16mm home version for certain has best take Camera A footage. There's a huge question mark looming above all the existent footage. So to dismiss any of it seems kinda arbitrary.
     
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    X-human I ate my keys

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    Official press release with the final specifications:
    http://www.kinolorber.com/news.php?news_id=272
     
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