Just wondering aloud here. I have aquired some IB prints. They are well used, but
thats OK isn't it? The Technicolor makes it worth the pops, splices, and other
repairs made on these old prints.
I am looking at the eastman stock symbols and finding that most of my prints are
original to the year of release of the film.
How about you others? What are the average ages of your Technicolor stuff?
If you pull it out and run it, it's good for it.
I got an old damaged Technicolor cartoon that I am going through and repairing
by hand. Have no idea what it is yet, except that it looks like Warners. Has no
date code on edge.
I recently saw a couple of frames of a nitrate Eastman Technicolor print of an old
Paramount cartoon. They looked like they were just made! Vivid colors that lept
out at you.
In an old 16mm Technicolor In Industry film that I have, it says:
The no longer uses the name "in Technicolor" The proper credit credit phrase is
"print by Technicolor, and color by Technicolor."
I always enjoy old titles that have the phrase under the title of the picture.
When I worked in TV, I lived in the film dept. I used to dread the old Tech 16mm
prints of the features we played. They usually were full of splices and brittle. We
bathed all prints in VITAFILM. You never saw scratches on the air! I love the
smell of that stuff. I enjoy using it now on the IB prints. There are no tape splices
in either of these 35 prints.
They're out of business now, arent they? I had't bought any in over 10 years.
When I took the tech prints home, (to check them for continuity, I told the
manager,) I got to watch a movie every night before I went to bed. Actually, then
the projector was in the closet on the shelf. You sat on the bed and watched the
films. (Had more fun on that bed.....) Tech Warner films were usually the best
ones I saw, but MCA-TV had some nice ones, too. I often noticed that the
Universal films were often blue-ish or yellowish. Oh well, enough daydreaming.
The contrast was always better than say the Eastman and 3M stuff. Not to
mention that "you are there" look on the nice prints.
The prettiest Tech prints were from the Samuel Goldwyn Company. Now out of
business, I understand. They were made up just before the Technicolor company
went out of the IB business. Succulent color always! There was a downside: Their
B/W stuff was always beat up.
I want to read stuff from you other collectors about IB now. How are they holding
up? Wanting to know the average ages of our prints, which ones are vinegar?
(None here, yet)
Take care everybody!