Topic: Beatles Come To Town - Scope
Jedi Master Film Handler
From: Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
Registered: Feb 2016
posted October 25, 2019 05:28 AM
After recently obtaining my own copy of this scope film, and after a long hard think, I decided this version warranted a separate review to the flat version so excellently reviewed by Steve Klare. I recommend you read his superb review as to its contents as it goes into great detail.
However, in a nutshell, it is coverage of the build up to their 1963 concert in Ardwick, Manchester, together with performances of She Loves You and Twist and Shout.
I am now the lucky owner of the PM Films scope version that also complements the flat copy I bought as new from Uncle Derek.
The first obvious difference is that they were taken from two different masters, which they would be with Derann and PM being competing companies. The scope master being the inferior, particularly in the opening credit sequence containing heavy transfer scratches. However, this clears up very quickly and the rest of the film is much better. The scope print has a couple of jump cuts that the flat version does not.
On the positive side, the scope version, by the fact that is IS scope, contains far more information in certain sequences that the flat version does not. The flat version could have included a lot of the missing info if it had been scanned a lot better than it was in places. For example, the scene where the boys pose for photographers holding a teddy bear. The flat version shows two Beatles and a teddy on the right of the screen, with a few photographers on the left. The scope shows all 4 Beatles and a lot more photographers. My argument is that that the flat version should have included all 4 Beatles because, after all, that's what we want isn't it? We could have done without the photographers.
Then to the performance. Flat version : Was worried at the start if John was there? Aaah yes! There he is!.....well.....half of him on the right. Even with the shot focusing on Paul and George, if the frame had been scanned a little further to the right, all three of them would have been in it.
Scope version : No problem. All present and accounted for! It becomes apparent watching the scope that John was totally left out of other shots, too.
I had read elsewhere on this forum that the colour does not hold up well on the scope copy as it does with the flat one. Just as well, as I was then not too disappointed that it has faded quite a lot. A bit of colour was still there but with a pink hue to it all. The focus was average.... not as good as the flat. The sound was good throughout.
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