posted February 01, 2017 12:02 PM
Since this deals with the future re-release of this classic British sci-fi on DVD or bluray and not super 8, I include this link to a page i found concerning the painstaking restoration of this classic. Sadly, no screenshots from the restoration.
From: Sunland, CA, USA
Registered: Dec 2006
posted February 02, 2017 02:02 AM
The last time I saw Mike Hyatt was in October of 2014 at a 16mm garage sale. I asked him about Triffids and he said he was very disappointed in his former boss. His boss apparently was going to digitally restore Triffids but for whatever reason didn't go through with the deal. The company eventually went out of business. Everything was auctioned off. Unfortunately, there was an optical printer I could have used but for some reason they bunched all the movements in one package and that sold for thousands. Way out of my range. I had promised Mike once I got a scanner I would scan the film. But that is yet to be realized. So as far as I know there is nothing being done with the film.
posted February 02, 2017 11:47 AM
Very sad to hear that info, Larry. These fellows MUST understand that it's a money making venture to release this?
But, i remember all the hoopla over "Heavy Metal" and how it got tied down because of all the different record companies and artists vying for more and more money and it took, I think 20 years to finally see that film come out on a proper DVD!
... until that time, it was out on terrible (and I mean TERRIBLE), bootleg VHS copies! Yuck!
-------------------- "All these moments will be lost in time, just like ... tears, in the rain. "
posted June 12, 2017 10:47 AM
I would think that all original trailers and 35mm prints would be Technicolor IB as that was part of the Techniscope process this was filmed in. The extra sharpening introduced when making the printing matrices helped the 2 perf pull down negative give clear prints.
From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Registered: Apr 2016
posted June 13, 2017 07:42 PM
This might sacrilege in a forum like this, but is it ever OK to let a film die?
From what it sounds like, this has been a huge undertaking. Apparently Mike Hyatt has devoted many hours to this project. I certainly hope that it has not put him in a bad place financially or strained his relationships.
I've been thinking about this topic more and more recently, - archiving old family movies and photos. I've decided that I don't need to worry about preserving something for a 100 or 1,000 years. I need to worry about getting things safely to the next generation. They can decide what is worth preserving beyond that.