First, briefly in Thunderbean News:
It’s been a whole week of mastering various project and sending. We finished the ‘first’ master on a good friend’s project over last weekend; It looked great on the TV here, but for kicks I took a look at it in the auditorium here and was absolutely astonished at how it looked big.
We’re getting there! The Flip the Frog set is looking absolutely fantastic, and, along with a few finishing touches on Grotesqueries, will be going to mastering sooner than later. We’ve started on some bonus features and have started to make the ‘final’ versions of many of the films, compiled from the master picture and sound materials. We’ll be releasing the first disc to the pre-order people since there is going to be at least few more months delay while our recently found materials (in 35mm) are scanned.
Things are still going out; I’ll be in Ottawa for a few days, but do hope on return that the additional finished sets will all be sent. The great hope here is to have *all* the special sets out this year, as well as the Snappy sets and others.
The *biggest* issue with the Flip set is making sure we have as many of the original titles as possible; Between the material at UCLA and other archives, we have 30 of the 38 with their original release title cards.
We know of at least one (Funny Face) that exists that we don’t have, having shown up in a 35mm element on Ebay some years back. Did anyone save a screen shot of that title card? The others that are still missing are missing on *all* the extant master materials at UCLA (we’ve looked at all) and don’t appear to be in the hands of any collectors we know. If *you* have or know of anyone that has any of these with their original MGM titles (in any format) we’d love to scan them. At this point, chances are they won’t show up, but you never know!
*The Music Lesson
*Coo Coo the Magician
*A Chinaman’s Chance
Many of the new scans (especially from MGM’s master positives) have extra music before the Flip titles. This music was always removed on reissues, and has been a really fun discovery. Here’s a few more title sequences, including ones with music and one without as well as one with the music on MGM’s master positive sound that didn’t have a master positive MGM picture. Of course, all will be restored and balanced on the final set:
And, as a special treat this week, here is the first restoration we’ve made public: the *almost* finished clean up of A Chinaman’s Chance (1932), with the Celebrity Pictures titles, from one of two known existing 35mm nitrate prints. We’ve actually did cleanup on this film *twice*- once from the preservation element held at the Academy Archive, and again when a nitrate print was discovered in the unlisted master materials. Have a great week everyone!