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#1 Posted : Monday, October 30, 2017 5:11:30 AM(UTC)
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I purchased a copy of Thunderbean's 2005 DVD Attack of the 30s Characters fairly recently, mainly for the restored print of the 1936 MGM Harman/Ising classic To Spring (one of my all-time favorites). Though I do agree wholeheartedly that it's quite a beautiful restoration, especially for an "unofficial" Public Domain release that was put out during a period of time in which third parties were releasing messy, unauthorized DVDs of the same Public Domain material--but sourced from nauseatingly faded, tampered-with prints--it's chock-full of compression artifacts. By today's standards, the quality of the contents found on Attack of the 30s Characters is comparable to laserdisc quality. That having been said, it is of my understanding that To Spring was later remastered again for the 2014 Blu-ray release Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares. Is this newer restoration an improvement? Bear in mind, I'm not too familiar with Thunderbean's output, but I hear Mr. Stanchfield and his team have established themselves a pretty damned favorable reputation 'round these parts, and I'm considering purchasing a copy of Technicolor Dreams... Is that a recommendable idea?
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I purchased a copy of Thunderbean's 2005 DVD Attack of the 30s Characters fairly recently, mainly for the restored print of the 1936 MGM Harman/Ising classic To Spring (one of my all-time favorites). Though I do agree wholeheartedly that it's quite a beautiful restoration, especially for an "unofficial" Public Domain release that was put out during a period of time in which third parties were releasing messy, unauthorized DVDs of the same Public Domain material--but sourced from nauseatingly faded, tampered-with prints--it's chock-full of compression artifacts. By today's standards, the quality of the contents found on Attack of the 30s Characters is comparable to laserdisc quality. That having been said, it is of my understanding that To Spring was later remastered again for the 2014 Blu-ray release Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares. Is this newer restoration an improvement? Bear in mind, I'm not too familiar with Thunderbean's output, but I hear Mr. Stanchfield and his team have established themselves a pretty damned favorable reputation 'round these parts, and I'm considering purchasing a copy of Technicolor Dreams... Is that a recommendable idea?


I don't own the 2005 DVD, but I DO have "Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares". Just from your description of the DVD, I can assure you that the Blu-ray is a huge improvement. "To Spring" looks beautiful in high definition.
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#3 Posted : Monday, October 30, 2017 6:12:40 AM(UTC)
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I purchased a copy of Thunderbean's 2005 DVD Attack of the 30s Characters fairly recently, mainly for the restored print of the 1936 MGM Harman/Ising classic To Spring (one of my all-time favorites). Though I do agree wholeheartedly that it's quite a beautiful restoration, especially for an "unofficial" Public Domain release that was put out during a period of time in which third parties were releasing messy, unauthorized DVDs of the same Public Domain material--but sourced from nauseatingly faded, tampered-with prints--it's chock-full of compression artifacts. By today's standards, the quality of the contents found on Attack of the 30s Characters is comparable to laserdisc quality. That having been said, it is of my understanding that To Spring was later remastered again for the 2014 Blu-ray release Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares. Is this newer restoration an improvement? Bear in mind, I'm not too familiar with Thunderbean's output, but I hear Mr. Stanchfield and his team have established themselves a pretty damned favorable reputation 'round these parts, and I'm considering purchasing a copy of Technicolor Dreams... Is that a recommendable idea?


I don't own the 2005 DVD, but I DO have "Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares". Just from your description of the DVD, I can assure you that the Blu-ray is a huge improvement. "To Spring" looks beautiful in high definition.


If possible, screenshots would be most appreciated.
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#4 Posted : Monday, October 30, 2017 11:37:28 AM(UTC)
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I purchased a copy of Thunderbean's 2005 DVD Attack of the 30s Characters fairly recently, mainly for the restored print of the 1936 MGM Harman/Ising classic To Spring (one of my all-time favorites). Though I do agree wholeheartedly that it's quite a beautiful restoration, especially for an "unofficial" Public Domain release that was put out during a period of time in which third parties were releasing messy, unauthorized DVDs of the same Public Domain material--but sourced from nauseatingly faded, tampered-with prints--it's chock-full of compression artifacts. By today's standards, the quality of the contents found on Attack of the 30s Characters is comparable to laserdisc quality. That having been said, it is of my understanding that To Spring was later remastered again for the 2014 Blu-ray release Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares. Is this newer restoration an improvement? Bear in mind, I'm not too familiar with Thunderbean's output, but I hear Mr. Stanchfield and his team have established themselves a pretty damned favorable reputation 'round these parts, and I'm considering purchasing a copy of Technicolor Dreams... Is that a recommendable idea?


I don't own the 2005 DVD, but I DO have "Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares". Just from your description of the DVD, I can assure you that the Blu-ray is a huge improvement. "To Spring" looks beautiful in high definition.


If possible, screenshots would be most appreciated.


You can watch some actual HD footage in this trailer for the Blu-ray, at 00:20:



It doesn't look quite as sharp as some of the surrounding clips, so I'm guessing it's one of the films that was restored from a 16mm print rather than a 35mm one. (I don't have the Blu-ray handy right now to check if the description mentions it.) That said, the trailer might be slightly compressed as well compared to the quality on the actual Blu-ray. As far as I remember, the short looked very good on my flatscreen TV.

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