Universal Announces Silent Film Preservation Initiative

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    I should have posted this a week ago but this is a bit more informative:
    http://associationsnow.com/2015/06/film-archivists-new-supporting-role-silent-film-preservation/

    Although no titles are yet listed The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera must be earmarked for restoration.

    On their 100th Anniversary there were plausible whispers of Hunchback and Phantom making it to Blu-ray; which I really wanted to believe. But in the end all they did was make an appearance on their Anniversary website with links to Amazon to buy public domain copies! So I'm happy to see it's coming through after all (and then some!).

    There's been a very long going restoration project at UCLA for Phantom so I wonder if they'll be tapping that? There's also the long delayed Milestone release which better shit or get off the pot at this point.
     
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    Less than a year later and we'll be seeing the results of their new restoration initiative with a month long theatrical screening at The Museum of Modern Art in New York:
    http://www.moma.org/calendar/film/1642?locale=en

    They'll be showing the silent horror The Last Warning along with quite a few of James Whale's films.
     
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    Incredible job by Universal. I will definitely pick up Phantom and Hunchback once they are available on blu-ray.
     
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    Well don't get swept up in rumors or speculation. They are public domain titles that studios rarely touch. But then both Warner and Fox have recently rattled their sabres in that domain and so who knows what Universal may be considering.

    Also worth mentioning is the fact that a 4k restoration of Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man was shown this month at the TCM Film Festival, which hopefully means more Universal Monsters are not far behind on Blu-ray.

    And also also worth mentioning is the Blu-ray was released in France, and appears to be completely DNR free; along with many more Universal Monsters. I was originally going to wait for the US releases, but after reading this I now think I should bite on these. I do enjoy a more film like presentation, especially for these films, and I doubt the US distribution arm can keep their hands off 11 of the DNR dial for American audiences.
     
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    Now this is something I thought would never happen. I love the direction Universal was gone with their classics.
     
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    Thought I'd bump this to include an Instagram from Criterion:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGzDJ-wSzZ0/

    New better footage always seems to be turning up. Makes me wonder whatever became of this: http://www.horrordvds.com/community/threads/complete-31-dracula-print-located.35785/
     
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    Flicker Alley included a 2019 calendar with their shipments of Der Hund von Baskerville which showcased two Universal silents:
    The Man Who Laughs (1928): restored by Universal Home Entertainment with a new score by The Berkle.
    The Last Warning (1929): restored by Universal Home Entertainment with a new score by Arthur Barrow.

    I was concerned some of these restorations wouldn't have a home video outlet since Universal has been so reluctant to release any silents themselves so I'm happy to see these announced.

    Full List:
    The Man Who Laughs (1928), restored by Universal Home Entertainment with a new score by the Berklee School of Music
    The City Without Jews (1924), restored by the Filmarchiv Austria
    Fragment of an Empire (1929), restored by the SFSFF, EYE FIlmmuseum and Gosfilmofond of Russia.
    Spring Night, Summer Night (1967), reconstructed and restored in 4K by Nicholas Winding Refn and the Cinema Preservation Alliance
    Trapped! (1949), restored by the Film Noir Foundation
    3D Rarities Volume 2
    The Last Warning (1929), restored by Universal Home Entertainment with a new score by Arthur Barrow
    A Little Princess (1917), restored in 4K by the Mary Pickford Foundation with a new score by Julian Ducantenzeiler
    Mother (1926), The End of St. Petersburg (1927) and Storm Over Asia (1928), restored by Lobster Films

    Some more 3D Rarities would be awesome too!
     
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