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 Posted:   Sep 1, 2014 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)





I just picked this up for around $14 and found it to be a relatively fine H.D. transfer of this film. Apparently John Huston deliberately wanted the film to have a washed out appearance and there doesn't seem to be any significant attempt at restoration, however the correct aspect ratio has now been applied, there is greater detail, improved black levels, and the mono sound is much clearer.

Here is more on the photography from the TCM website:

According to the American Cinematographer article, Huston and director of photographer Oswald Morris agreed that "an orthodox modern [color] style would be at odds with the film's period mood and subject matter." Morris was quoted as saying that "what we wanted was something which suggested that this is how the film would have been shot if it could have been made in 1840-a classic color style to match a classic original." To accomplish their vision, according to Warner Bros. studio production notes, the film was shot in Technicolor from which two negatives were made, a color and a black-and-white. The final print was made from the two negatives superimposed over each other.
The article added that, according to Morris, the process had been done for books and magazines, but never before for film, and it "toned down" the Technicolor to achieve a 19th century look and a certain mood. Although a February 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that there were plans to film in CinemaScope, and the Hollywood Reporter review and Colliers article listed the film as a CinemaScope production, the process was not credited onscreen. The Motion Picture Herald review stated that the film "was not photographed expressly for wide screen exhibition" and the distributor was recommending that "it be shown with an aspect ratio no greater than 1.75 to 1."



This Disc is REGION FREE confirmed. Anyone without access to an international distributor interested in owning one can contact me at: arthur@thecinemacafe.com

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2014 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

The color issue has come up before. I always assumed the sepia effect was chosen to lock the film into the period from which photographs of that time have a strong resemblance. It's the faded, browned-off look. I don't have a problem with it, even though there are complaints that digital 'films' nowadays do exactly the same thing at the flip of a switch. The same reasoning may also account why the film is in a postage stamp rather than a letterbox format aspect ratio. It gives the film more of a "pictorial" look - it was a whale of a tale, you see.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2014 - 7:51 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Arthur, I love you! I mean, even more than before. I not only want that Bluray, I'd love to have a copy of that ASC article. (I already have the Saturday Review cover story issue. They also did one on THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, bless them -- it's as if they were tapped into my childhood soul.)

Anyone interested in Morris's work with the director on this and all their other projects would do well to pick up a copy of Ozzie's autobiography, HUSTON, WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM. (Cute?) I had just finished reading it when he passed way after a long and productive life.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2014 - 7:52 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

SNAFU

(I hate computers)

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2014 - 11:15 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Arthur, I love you! I mean, even more than before. I not only want that Bluray, I'd love to have a copy of that ASC article. (I already have the Saturday Review cover story issue. They also did one on THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, bless them -- it's as if they were tapped into my childhood soul.)

Anyone interested in Morris's work with the director on this and all their other projects would do well to pick up a copy of Ozzie's autobiography, HUSTON, WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM. (Cute?) I had just finished reading it when he passed way after a long and productive life.



"When love isn't shared it's wasted don't you see?" "Preston, you old son of a gun...Hey it's great to see you!" Unfortunately I don't have that article you're seeking (I just copied and pasted the above from the TCM website). The main reason I posted that was in case some people out there expected it to look like the 'Zulu' Blu-ray.

Hey thanks for the heads up on the Morris bio. I'll have to check that out. You and the others here might want to reference the Cinema Cafe's Pinterest Board of New Releases from time to time because I list titles from all over the world, some of which are not available elsewhere. Here's a link: http://www.pinterest.com/arthurgrant9883/

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2014 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Well, at least now I know it exists, so I can go searching for it; for that alone, I'm very grateful.

Here's that Ozzie Morris book:

http://www.amazon.com/Huston-Have-Problem-Kaleidoscope-Filmmaking/dp/0810857065/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1409760336&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Oswald+Morris

And here's one by Freddie Francis:

http://www.amazon.com/Freddie-Francis-Straight-Story-Memoir/dp/0810892057/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409760497&sr=1-1&keywords=freddie+francis

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2014 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Id definitely would like this on BR -- Amazon.co.uk doesn't have it --

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2014 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Id definitely would like this on BR -- Amazon.co.uk doesn't have it --

A good resource for Australian releases is fishpond.com -- an Australian online store with free worldwide shipping. This disc is currently less than $20US from them: http://www.fishpond.com/c/Movies/q/moby+dick+blu?rid=1792528664

 
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