The Searchers HD DVD - 1956 movie with stunning PQ shot in Vistavision

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  1. AES256

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    If you haven't seen The Searchers yet, check it out. WB have done a great transfer of this movie shot in VistaVision and it's a feast for the eyes in HD.

    Some details on VistaVision:
    Original "Technicolor negatives" were three B&W strips. This went out in the early 50's, and was basically incompatible with all of the new processes anyway.
    VistaVision always used dye-transfer Technicolor prints for its colour films. The negatives were Eastman colour stock.
    One of the reasons VistaVision looked so good is that the image went through the camera and onto the film horizontally rather than vertically. The original negative was larger and had more information. It was then optically printed down (probably squeezed) for projection.
    Some films justly famous for VistaVision/Technicolor are: The Searchers, The Ten Commandments, North by Northwest, Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Funny Face. Most are from Paramount, with only two from Metro and one from Warners (The Searchers).

    With regards to the restoration of The Searchers the original elements were found to be unusable. Without a viable negative, a new print had to be derived from "black and white separation masters," meaning considerable creative license had to be taken as to how to restore 'The Searchers.' Of course, given that John Ford has long since passed as have most of the film's creative personnel, it was up to the team at Warner to make educated decisions on every aspect of the presentation. Apparently not everyone agreed with the choices Warner made :D

    An interesting nugget. Djkstra obtained one of the last VistaVision systems and shot Star Wars with it :)
     
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    But the colour balance is very strange ........ YELLOW
     
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    As is Monument Valley, where a lot of the film was shot.
     
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    Yes, definitely looks too yellow in places, but the original camera negative is totally faded and was therefore not suitable for restoration unfortunately :(

    Theres an interesting interview with Warner Brothers` Ned Price on the restoration here
     
  5. Donnacha

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    ..but for an old, old film I thought it looked very good! At times it was very clear and detailed.

    An interesting film also, and the scenery was stunning!
     
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    I have ordered this and Casino from amazon, hopefully it's as good as everyone is saying :smashin:
     
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    But where is 'Vertigo'?

    Steve W
     
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    A great disc and one of the stars of all the HD material I own.
     

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