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Old 18-09-2002, 16:44   #1
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Best pre-1970s transfers?

Alright, so the breathtaking video quality on The Fast and the Furious, A Bug's Life and Moulin Rouge has rightly been praised to the skies, but what about older films that offer beautiful transfers?

The best pre-70s transfers I've seen include:

L'Avventura
Batman The Movie
Les Enfants du Paradis - Criterion
Written on the Wind
Tokyo Olympiad
The Wizard of Oz
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Citizen Kane
Elgar
Sullivan's Travels
North by Northwest
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Old 18-09-2002, 16:48   #2
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I'd add:

Black Narcissus (Criterion) - absolutely gorgeous transfer!
Mon Oncle (Criterion) - shows how clear and sharp a b&w transfer can be.
Walt Disney Treasures (Silly Symphonies and Mickey Mouse) - astonishing for seventy year old material.

Agree over L'Avventura - a stunning disk!

Edit - oops! Of course, I meant M. Hulot's Holiday, not Mon Oncle - the latter is in colour of course!
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Old 18-09-2002, 16:51   #3
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The Hustler springs to mind
Almost anything from CRITERION
Rebel Without a Cause
2001: A Space Odyssey
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Old 18-09-2002, 17:03   #4
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I'd add:

Rear Window
The Graduate
Vertigo
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Night Of The Living Dead

(& Criterion's Repulsion - LD)
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Old 18-09-2002, 19:04   #6
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now voyager and little women(1933 version).stunning black and white transfers, never seen these 2 films looking so good.warner bros are to be commended on the restoration of these films.next year I believe adventures of robin hood (1938) will be released in technicolor after restoration by warners,I for one cant wait.
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Old 18-09-2002, 20:05   #7
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All things considered, the most breathtaking transfer I've yet to see on DVD remains The Wizard of Oz. Hell, you'd probably have to give it 10/10 if it was made yesterday!

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All of the above and...

The Time Machine.
The Fall Of The House Of Usher.
Masque Of The Red Death.
Dracula - Prince Of Darkness.
Lawrence Of Arabia.
Spartacus.
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A Star Is Born. Rivals NxNW.
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IMHO The work done on Vertigo is pretty impressive.
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IMHO The work done on Vertigo is pretty impressive.
indeed. i believe a large sum of money was spent restoring that.
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I was actually amazed at the quality of Mary Poppins.

I would also add three more Criterion releases:

Branded to Kill
Tokyo Drifter
Juliet of the Spirits

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The original 'Planet of the Apes' looks pretty damn fine.

I'd also add a couple more Hitchcock's from Criterion...

Notorious & Rebecca.

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The Tartan Bergman discs are quite impressive, as are the criterions. Thankyou to the Swedish film institute.

even Carltons aren't too bad (Brief Encounter, Red SHoes)
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Blazing Saddles.

Gone With The Wind.
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I thought The Searchers looked great.
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Easy Rider looks great too.
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The films in the Ealing Boxset are pretty hot looking.
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Warner's R1 and R4 releases of Now Voyager boasts a restoration and transfer every bit as good as Citizen Kane. The R1 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is stunning, as is Anchor Bay's R1 of The Devil Rides Out.

BTW don't be fooled into thinking every Criterion is perfect; I thought Billy Liar was a tad ropey in places and The Ruling Class is quite poor.

Of the films in the Ealing Boxset, I thought The Man in the White Suit was by far the best transfer.

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