It’s safe to say this has been the busiest time of the year so far here, but it’s all of my own making so I really have no right to complain! I’m happy to see so many things on the cusp of getting finished, but also very aware of how long everyone has been waiting for so many things. The scan sessions have been especially fun though, with so many ‘final’ scans for things, especially the special sets. There will defiantly be less of those in the future (if at all!) but I’m happy about the ones we’ve done and the ones in progress.
I’m working on getting the final tweaks on Grotesqueries done, and getting ready to show the final version to the Blue Mouse Studio folks, Chris Buchman and Rex Schneider.
This past week I reviewed a lot of the material from older sets, and requested films from a few archives and collectors. Lots of the pre-orders going out of the country finally got sent as well – and more tomorrow. The little part-time staff here has been great in helping to catch things up as I’ve been recovering from an especially nasty flu, and I’m grateful for all the help. We’re trying to get all the finished ‘special’ sets as soon as possible. The Snappy Video Party Disc is finally all dubbed and starting to get packed for the pre-orders only.
We’re also announcing the pre-order for Van Beuren’s Tom and Jerry Blu-ray (the last of the year). It’s a set we’ve really been scanning films for years on, but having access to more in 35mm nitrate prints made the choice for us. People ask us about these films every week, and it’s only increased since we retired the DVD version. The announcement is here on Blu-ray.com, available for one week only. Thanks to all who have helped support these projects!
I know it’s after Halloween, and this really *isn’t* a Halloween cartoon anyway, but it seemed like an appropriate one to show anyway. A Boy and His Dog (1936, Columbia/ Mintz studio) is one of my all time favorites of the Color Rhapsodies series. It’s both beautiful and incredibly cheesy at times, with a cringeworthy little boy (especially his moralizing ‘cute’ poses at the end of the film). Here’s a scan of the short in HD, from a pretty nice 35mm IB Technicolor print.
Have a good week everyone!