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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:46 AM

We were having a discussion on 35mm Film Collector:

http://www.35mmforum...?showtopic=9970

and no one seems to know for sure what an "Overlay Version" print is, can someone enlighten me and the rest of us for that matter? I deduced it was a watermarked print after doing some research on the web but could confirm this. Thanks. B)

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#2 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:47 PM

We were having a discussion on 35mm Film Collector:

http://www.35mmforum...?showtopic=9970

and no one seems to know for sure what an "Overlay Version" print is, can someone enlighten me and the rest of us for that matter? I deduced it was a watermarked print after doing some research on the web but could confirm this. Thanks. B)


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So is this a complete feature or a trailer?

An overlay AKA o/lay is a clear role with subtitles on it which is printed in bipack with the picture negative. So an overlay version could be a subtitled print of a feature .
If it's a trailer it could be a version with no titles because the I/N would be bipacked with o/lays in various languages. So possibly a titleless print of a trailer. But that would usually be called a textless version.
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#3 Dominic Case

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:53 PM

"Overlay version print" would be a print with foreign language subtitles, made for release overseas.

The titles are printed onto a b/w high contrast film (black on clear), and that roll is sandwiched with the negative and the raw print stock in the printer. The result is a normal image with white subtitles. For bigger orders, the process is more economical than the more familiar chemical or laser etching process, which is done after processing.
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