Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Revamped Robe

Just in time for Easter, Jean Simmons and Richard Burton are restored in the DVD version of The Robe.

The restoration of the film was not easy.

"The original camera negative was badly faded and damaged, and beyond that, it was largely incomplete," Shawn Belston, the studio's [Fox Home Entertainment] vice-president in charge of preservation, said in a phone interview.

Fortunately, the film was restored with minimal inconsistencies. It is amazing that many of these classic films can be restored. Some of them are beyond repair because of years of neglect.

A few films still waiting for a DVD release:

The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Kitty (1945)
Jane Eyre (1944)
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Female on the Beach (1955)
Midnight Lace (1960)
Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
When Ladies Meet (1941)
The Light in the Piazza (1962)
Idiot's Delight (1939)
North West Mounted Police (1940)

There are many more, including a bunch of Joan Crawford films. Could Christina be behind the snub?

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