posted June 26, 2017 03:05 AM
I can only think it was for cost. Also I know some TV programs made in colour had B&W prints made for exports to countries with only B&W TV so perhaps films were too and it is those prints you see.
From: Bristol. United Kingdom
Registered: Oct 2007
posted June 26, 2017 03:56 AM
In the days of 16mm film libraries a hirer was often given the choice of colour or black & white for a feature film. Most people opted for the black & white copies as they were cheaper. Mobile operator 16mm prints were always black & white. Before television went into colour, 16mm black & white prints were always supplied to them.
From: Lincoln, DE, USA
Registered: Feb 2014
posted July 03, 2017 12:02 AM
A few years ago, I purchased a black and white Castle Films version of Scrub Me Momma With A Boogie Beat at a film convention. While I would have preferred a Tech print of this cartoon, the black and white version was sufficient. I also bought a black and white print of All This And Rabbit Stew. My philosophy is: at least I have these cartoons in my film collection.
posted July 03, 2017 11:16 AM
I image the change to using colour stock for B&W prints was due to the large increases in silver prices during the 1980's. It is all recovered during colour processing but a lot is still on the film base (creating the image) in real B&W prints.
From: West Milford, NJ
Registered: Jun 2008
posted July 05, 2017 12:10 PM
Most B&W prints of color films were struck for television. In the USA, other than NBC that went full color in the late 1950's, the other major networks and almost all independent stations did not go full color until the late 1960's.
There were also B&W prints of color films struck for the home market, although those were generally condensed versions.
In 35mm, many Warner Brothers and MGM films were re-issued in B&W as a second feature for double features. In addition, many color films during WW2 were issued in B&W, as access to the chemicals needed to process color were not available for commercial use.
In 16mm, there were many illegal dupers out there who made unauthorized B&W copies for sale to collectors.
From: Highland Mills, NY USA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted July 11, 2017 09:02 PM
I see B&W prints of Hammer Horror classics from time to time and it just kills me why anyone would want to even consider buying a crappy dupe in monochrome of "Horror of Dracula" rather than hold out for a nice color print.