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#1 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 12:08 PM

As other underemployed losers will be aware, the 1957 western Forty Guns is being broadcast as I type.

Crikey, it looks good. The rare combination of black and white plus cinemascope and a clearly recent and comprehensively dustbusted transfer that makes the widescreen DVB-T PAL broadcast look extra spiffy. It's a film of that era when the pictures were often extremely good but the sound often wasn't; there was a technological mismatch during that period that makes it look considerably better than it sounds.

I mention it here because I'm not sure what organisation is responsible for taking out the prints, or even negs, of these ancient productions and putting them through a modern transfer, and I'd like to find out.

Cinematography by the late Joseph F. Biroc, ASC (1903-1996), whose credits as cinematographer cover the impressive span 1929-1987*.

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* Gotta love IMDB
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