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Steve Carter
Master Film Handler

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From: Bristol, UK
Registered: Apr 2015

 - posted June 06, 2015 05:29 PM      Profile for Steve Carter     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I just got a used film, and the scratches are a 'burgundy' colour, I have cleaned the film but they are still there, has any-one else ever come across scratches this colour?, I've had the normal black lines and green deep scratch but this colour is something else...By the way the film is 'Bandolero'...

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James N. Savage 3
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Washington, DC
Registered: Jul 2003

 - posted June 06, 2015 07:18 PM      Profile for James N. Savage 3   Email James N. Savage 3   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
That's interesting Steve.

I remember in the 70's and 80's, working at my local grindhouse cinema, we would get well-used second and third run prints. They would sometimes have the most colorful scratches, usually closer to the beginning of the film. A thing of beauty, especially when over a dark back ground. Like a fireworks display [Smile] . I miss all those little quirky things now.


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Brian Fretwell
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 - posted June 06, 2015 07:38 PM      Profile for Brian Fretwell   Email Brian Fretwell   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I can only think these might be negative emulsion scratches that would be green on the negative and print as red. I know all the lawns show up as green on my still film negatives.

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Steve Carter
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From: Bristol, UK
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 - posted June 07, 2015 04:18 PM      Profile for Steve Carter     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
At first I thought it was dye transfer from my micro fibre cloth, then I thought no,it would have to be good to dye film all the way through,then I spotted red blotches just like neg blotches in the title sequence, so I have come to the conclusion that this is a bad lab copy that some-one got cheap first time around, then passed it on to me via e-bay, no mention of marks in description, you can't always believe your own luck on the old 'Bay', it's my own fault...

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Andrew Woodcock
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From: Manchester Uk
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 - posted June 07, 2015 04:46 PM      Profile for Andrew Woodcock         Edit/Delete Post 
I've seen red blotches from a bad negative or printing fault myself Steve.
I have also seen white flecks from a lab defect while printing but never red emulsion scratches so far. Very strange.

All the negative emulsion scratches I have so far come across appear white on even colour stock.

"C'mon Baggy..Get with the beat"

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