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Print Report for the Marathon (Read 35431 times)
Reply #30 - Feb 15th, 2020 at 4:30pm

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L.A. Connection wrote on Feb 13th, 2020 at 11:25pm:
No way to over ride it if it is 1:85?


     Are you serious?  Override it how, exactly?  Can you alter the AR of a DVD or Blu-Ray?
     Theres no extra picture information: you cant pull a plate & show more.  Whatever information is on the transfer, thats all there is.
     Geezuz.

 

I have seen the future, and it is sucky digital....
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Reply #31 - Feb 19th, 2020 at 9:43am

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anybody order fried sauerkraut?

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Reply #32 - Feb 18th, 2022 at 6:13pm

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Here we go with my 16th Marathon. The insanity continues!


Day the Earth Caught Fire / Laserblast / The Man Who Saved the World / Superman II

All BluRays.


Cosmos

Ya know; I'm not sure right now. Something digital. Probably a BluRay.


The Invisible Woman / Love & Monsters

DCPs.


Star Trek: First Contact
35mm - 2.40 - colour - Dolby SR-D/DTS

Original print in excellent condition. Couple of lab splices; virtually no wear. Should look & sound great. And, yes, we'll be running the DTS tracks, because we can.


The Omega Man
35mm - 2.35 - colour - mono

Heres pleasant surprise: Warner sent us an original IB Technicolor print. Pretty awesome, I have to say. It's in good to very good condition. A line or two here & there, a few splices, some dirt & wear at the heads & tails. Thats nothing for a print this old. And nothing -- repeat: nothing -- looks like Tech!
Amusingly (or alarmingly, depending on your point of view), "The Family" in this movie are dead-ringers for the anti-vaxx, anti-science, anti-fact-based idiots of today, whose stupidity is allowing the pandemic to spiral on & on. Honestly, theres not any daylight between them. Rather clairvoyant of the movie, I must say.


I, Robot
35mm - 2.40 - colour - Dolby SR-D/DTS

Original print in near mint, virtually unplayed condition. You cant ask for better! And, once again, we will be running the DTS tracks.


Outbreak
35mm - 1.85 - colour - Dolby SR

Original print in very good to excellent condition. Some minor wear, especially at the heads & tails; a splice or two. This movie is a lot of fun, though it doesnt have any anti-vaxxers. Wink


Interstellar
70mm
- 2.21 - colour - DTS 5.1

A combined print: different reels were taken from different prints to give us this one. Some of the reels are flawless, & some have varying types of damage: some speckling, some cinch scratches, some JJ scratches, an emulsion scratch here & there, some wear & dirt, all from lousy operators who dont know what theyre doing.
I'm no Christopher Nolan fan, but I like this movie, in spite of its flaws. And it's actual "science" fiction, as opposed to the titles we usually run. The sound is tremendous, though I do have to reset everything to my "Christopher Nolan Settings" (a real thing) in order to make the dialogue intelligible, an habitual & annoying problem from the plainly stone-cold-deaf Mr Nolan.

And thats it! To those of you attending, please remember my tip jar! I'm not getting any younger, you know! Cheesy
 

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Reply #33 - Feb 23rd, 2022 at 8:04am

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"science" fiction???
can someone tell me how the gravity gradient of the black hole did not rip the space ship and it's contents into confetti?
the absolute limit of solar energy is 1400 watts per square meter. the solar panels on that drone could not possibly run a farm.
 
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Reply #34 - Mar 10th, 2022 at 1:41pm

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Would loved to have been there. But, safety first.
David the Projectionist wrote on Feb 18th, 2022 at 6:13pm:
Here we go with my 16th Marathon. The insanity continues!


Day the Earth Caught Fire / Laserblast / The Man Who Saved the World / Superman II

All BluRays.


Cosmos

Ya know; I'm not sure right now. Something digital. Probably a BluRay.


The Invisible Woman / Love & Monsters

DCPs.


Star Trek: First Contact
35mm - 2.40 - colour - Dolby SR-D/DTS

Original print in excellent condition. Couple of lab splices; virtually no wear. Should look & sound great. And, yes, we'll be running the DTS tracks, because we can.


The Omega Man
35mm - 2.35 - colour - mono

Heres pleasant surprise: Warner sent us an original IB Technicolor print. Pretty awesome, I have to say. It's in good to very good condition. A line or two here & there, a few splices, some dirt & wear at the heads & tails. Thats nothing for a print this old. And nothing -- repeat: nothing -- looks like Tech!
Amusingly (or alarmingly, depending on your point of view), "The Family" in this movie are dead-ringers for the anti-vaxx, anti-science, anti-fact-based idiots of today, whose stupidity is allowing the pandemic to spiral on & on. Honestly, theres not any daylight between them. Rather clairvoyant of the movie, I must say.


I, Robot
35mm - 2.40 - colour - Dolby SR-D/DTS

Original print in near mint, virtually unplayed condition. You cant ask for better! And, once again, we will be running the DTS tracks.


Outbreak
35mm - 1.85 - colour - Dolby SR

Original print in very good to excellent condition. Some minor wear, especially at the heads & tails; a splice or two. This movie is a lot of fun, though it doesnt have any anti-vaxxers. Wink


Interstellar
70mm
- 2.21 - colour - DTS 5.1

A combined print: different reels were taken from different prints to give us this one. Some of the reels are flawless, & some have varying types of damage: some speckling, some cinch scratches, some JJ scratches, an emulsion scratch here & there, some wear & dirt, all from lousy operators who dont know what theyre doing.
I'm no Christopher Nolan fan, but I like this movie, in spite of its flaws. And it's actual "science" fiction, as opposed to the titles we usually run. The sound is tremendous, though I do have to reset everything to my "Christopher Nolan Settings" (a real thing) in order to make the dialogue intelligible, an habitual & annoying problem from the plainly stone-cold-deaf Mr Nolan.

And thats it! To those of you attending, please remember my tip jar! I'm not getting any younger, you know! Cheesy

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Reply #35 - Feb 17th, 2023 at 10:42pm

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Believe it or not, this will be the 17th marathon that Ive projected. Remember that when you see my tip jar!
So here we go, once again, with the print report.

After Yang / Godzilla / Total Recall

All DCPs.

Happy Accidents / Beyond the Time Barrier

DVDs.

Bill & Ted Face the Music / La Jetee

BluRays.



Now we get to the actual film.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

35mm - 2.35 - "colour" - mono

Print is a British strike, on undated Agfa. Looks nice and sharp, but the colour has warmed over the years. Fortunately, Agfa never fades down to complete red, so theres still some colour peeping through, so it wont be too bad. Still, theres no denying the colour has turned.
Standard wear at the heads & tails, as well as a few scattered splices. Overall, it's in good condition.
The third in the original Apes series, & a lot of fun! One of the things I like about all these movies is the misanthropic "humans suck" message that ran through them. And it has a terrific Jerry Goldsmith score!

Stargate

35mm - 2.35 - colour - Dolby A/DTS

1994 print in good to very good condition. Standard wear at the heads & tails, but nothing to complain about. And, of course, I got hold of the DTS files & thats how we'll run it, because we can. Cheesy

Alien

35mm - 2.35 - "colour" - Dolby A

A movie that needs no introduction to this crowd. This is a combined print, with different reels coming from different prints.
So, reels 1/2/4/5/7 are on 1979 Kodak stock & have just about completely gone to red. Theres some colour here & there, but not much.
Reels 3 & 6 are on 1977 Fuji stock, which, at the time, held its colour very well. Those reels look much better in terms of colour.
The print is fairly beat up. Theres wear & dirt & some scratches, as well as some splices. Overall good condition (thats not high praise). On the plus side: this also has a terrific Jerry Goldsmith score!
And, just to date myself, I ran this sucker in 70mm at the Charles Theatre when it came out. Scary, right?

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

35mm - 2.40 - colour - Dolby SR-D/DTS

This 2003 print is in virtually new, barely-run condition. A bit of dirt here & there, & thats it. It looks fantastic on screen. And (of course) we'll be running the DTS tracks, which will absolutely kick your ass.
Because my opinions tend to run counter to everyone else's, I'll say here that this is my favourite of the Terminator movies.....something most people regard as blasphemous. Nevertheless, there you are. This thing moves, and it moves without ponderous messages about nuclear annihilation & clumsy attempts to be "meaningful." The demolition derby car chase is one of the best Ive ever seen (in case you didnt know: they built the streets & blocks that get completely wrecked); the fight between the two terminators is awesome in its destruction, & the whole thing is just great fun.
Plus, with this print, you will not see (or hear) it better!

UFOria

35mm - 1.85 - colour - mono

1984 print in very good to excellent condition. Theres some dirt scattered throughout, but thats pretty much it.

Future Kill

35mm - 1.85 - colour - mono

On 1985 Fuji. Wear throughout, though the movie is so dark youll barely notice. Some scratches here & there, & some dirt, especially at the heads & tails.

There are, in this strange world of ours, some superb movies that have unjustly fallen into obscurity. These two, however, have fallen off the map because they just arent any good.
UFOria is one of the strangest films Ive ever seen: it seems to have no idea what it's about or where it's going, which is probably why it sat on the shelf for years. It reminds of that movie we ran at SF/38, Safety not Guaranteed, only it's even stranger than that one (and it came before).
Future Kill I couldnt even get through. Wow, you talk about a dated, incoherent mess. Yeesh.
Have fun with these, folks! Cheesy

Back to the Future Part 2

70mm
- 1.85 - colour - Six channel mag sound with Dolby A NR

The last surviving/existing 70mm print of this in the world is in overall very good to excellent condition. It dates from 1989. There are some hairline scratches down the middle that come & go, as well as some minor wear. This is nothing to fuss over. It looks & sounds great!
And, once more for good luck: you aint ever going to see it better!

And thats it once again! Prepare yourselves!
And dont forget the tip jar! How many other geezers do you know who can project 24 hours' worth of movies in varying formats & not screw up too much? Huh
 

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