It’s been a whirlwind week here, from sending orders, doing film transfers, then going to LA for three days of non-stop meetings. I’m happily starting to catch up here as I send out the last of the Cubby Bears with the special extra disc, late but finally all going. The coming few weeks are pretty full as well… but no complaints… end of summer first world problems.
First, a little about the Abbott and Costello Rarities project. The set is a collaboration between myself and two other collector/ producers. Collaboratively, we’re collected/transferred/ restored a variety of materials, from radio shows to TV and bloopers.
Here, as promised, are a few shorts clips. The first is from a rare reel of color home movie intros that Lou did for his own home movies. The footage was shot in color it appeared in the final home movie reel only in Black and White- this is a short piece of a longer reel.
The second thing here is a piece of a 1953 Colgate Comedy Hour (Kinescope) that featured a skit shot in England while the two were on tour; Next, a few Bloopers from the feature film Little Giant. The last clip is a small piece from a Christmas Seals theatrical promo film with Charles Laughton.
As the first non-cartoon release, I’m happy say that this set is the sort of thing I personally love – rare film for the real diehard collectors. Thunderbean continues to be a small company, but I have to thank all of you – the die-hard collectors – for helping make all of these happen. I know I say that a lot….
I Love Vintage Original Titles
On my recent LA trip, I found several original sequences from cartoons that I’ve never seen before. Very nice original prints that I’m very excited to share when they’re transferred, but for now, here is a little hint – I found the complete title sequence from this cartoon – this is only one of the cards:
To me, there’s nothing better than seeing a film how it was made originally, with the original titles at the beginning and end. A little earlier today Jerry and I were talking about “Holy Grail” original titles – as well as seeing complete films as originally intended. I thought this would be a good day to put a few of my favorites up here.
The original titles to Popeye Meets Ali Baba may very well be my favorite of the (so far) long unseen titles:
I especially love that NRA title on the front of “I Eats Me Spinach’, restored on the Official Popeye DVD:
For many years, I hoped Disney would restore the RKO titles to their features. They have now, though I have to say I’d prefer the actual film running rather than the sequence being recreated from stills, but that’s the restoration look now I guess:
Someone out a lot of the RKO title sequences together, in good overall quality. A fun watch. Love the Melody Time and So Dear to My Heart ones the best:
So, there’s a few of mine What are some of yours? Have a good week everyone…