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Hello all, hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday. I wanted to give an official update to the Misty saga!! For the past 4 1/2 months we have been working very hard, putting together this Misty Beethoven restoration project. It has taken more hours and involvement than any other project that I have ever been involved in and we have delved into this project and embraced all the challenges that it has put in front of us. We have gotten heavily involved and maybe went a bit overboard attempting to put the film The Opening of Misty Beethoven into its proper historical context, from the actual film restoration to the director commentary all the way through all of the video extras– our most impressive one being a lengthy documentary feature entitled Behind The Scenes of Misty Beethoven. Actually, they are all very well done!
For the true die-hard fans of this film, I can guarantee that this will be the ultimate Misty experience for you. It will likely be one of the best DVD packages that you can buy in 2012. And it should be: it has taken us long enough, and every part of it shines! For those of you who have never seen the film, then you are also in a great position, as this is the first time the film has not only been transferred in HD but is finally masked at its proper aspect ratio of 1.85:1! It is a win-win.
I must tell you that the amount of footage that is going into this epic 2 disc, special edition release of The Opening of Misty Beethoven is impressive. I would like to give you guys a breakdown of what will be included in this release. And there are still some surprises yet to be announced!!
In no particular order, the package will contain the following material:
•The Opening of Misty Beethoven – Original Uncut “Hot” Version: HD transfer, with frame by frame restoration and color correction, 1.85:1 presentation. Includes a 5.1 AUDIO MIX sourced from the original MAG TRACKS and the Original MONO sound.
•The Opening of Misty Beethoven – Original Uncut “Soft” (less explicit) Version, including additional scenes not included in the “Hard” version. HD transfer, automated correction. 1:85.1 presentation, Original MONO sound.
•Full Length Director Commentary on Hard Version with Radley Metzger, moderated by adult film guru Benson Hurst. Excellent, the best one yet!
• Full Length Commentary on Soft Version with co-star Gloria Leonard,recorded last week.
•SUBTITLE TRACKS in 6 languages on both HARD AND SOFT VERSIONS-(12 total subtitle tracks)- ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, PORTUGUESE, ITALIAN
•All 5 Original Henry Paris trailers, transferred in HD- 25 min
•HD VIDEO FEATURES :
Remembering Jamie Gillis- a touching 10 minute tribute to the legend narrated by Jamie’s best friend, Benson Hurst.
Desperately Seeking Susan: Constance Found – a brief introduction to this elusive and legendary icon, and hints as to what she may be up to today.
The Restoration of Misty – a half-hour long journey into the restoration of Misty. Includes film lab footage, interviews with the experts, examples of the process, before/after comparison, and more!
The Outtakes – an amazing selection of never-before-seen silent outtakes from the set of Misty Beethoven. WOW!!
Behind The Scenes of Misty Beethoven - by far our most impressive video feature to date, this one combines a very large sampling of just about everything about the making of Misty. What makes this such a wonderful feature is that is is presented as a documentary, combining archival footage and photos with several brand new HD interviews conducted specifically for this release. I am talking about contributions by famed cinematographer, Paul Glickman, as well as actress Gloria Leonard and legendary music director, George Craig. It really is an impressive feature and will run 45 minutes or longer.
There are more things yet to be announced. This is just a taste, but these are the basics! We are also releasing the Misty Soundtrack at the same time(15 original music tracks, liner notes, interview with music director, dialog snippets, etc), as well as a slew of Misty memorabilia. One of the main and most impressive changes to the way you all remember this film is that we commissioned totally new artwork for the release! It an amazing piece of art, a long time in the making, created by a local artist. It is the basis for much of the package, and I can’t tell you how proud it makes me feel! I will reveal that art in a separate post.
The main question I have been getting is whether or not, Misty will be released on Blu Ray? A great question? If you have read this blog on occasion, we were going to dabble in a Blu-ray release a few years back, but never did. I have grown so much and learned so much over the past 2 years, and I know what I am capable of achieving. Now we are capable of turning this epic package into a Blu-ray, so the fans can see it the way it was meant to be seen! We just can’t afford to layout the money without knowing if the interest is there from more than just a handful of amazing fans!
Many suggestions have come in to us. We took some advice to heart and even followed what a few fans told us to do:
It has been approximately 2 weeks since the actual film restoration has begun and it keeps getting more exciting. I am writing this as I sit beside master colorist and driver of the Golden Eye III Film Scanner, Ryan Emerson. At the moment, we just completed the manual restoration on the 4th and final reel of the Hard version of “Misty”. Basically, that means going through the film, frame by frame and retouching spots that the automatic restoration had missed. It is taking us approximately 2-3 hours per reel, but is well worth the extra cost and effort. We have been removing things like dirt, dust, scratches and fingerprints.
The physical restoration started last week, when I drove all of the film elements up to Process Blue’s Brand new state of the art facility in Bridgeport, CT. The facility has the only Golden Eye III Film Scanner in the United States, which is one of the most comprehensive restoration tools for archival and modern film as well. The scanner has the ability to process 8, 16, 35 and 70mm in 2k and 4k resolution. I asked Ryan about the new Film Scanner, and he was quick to chime in, “We literally traveled the world looking for the best system for archival film and the company, Image Systems(Sweden), which builds the Golden Eye III Scanner, was the obvious choice. Image Systems, has also recently merged with the company that manufactures the Phoenix Finish, which is total image restoration software, that we are using to bring The Opening of Misty Beethoven, back to life!”
For those of you who might not be familiar with a film scanner, it is a more advanced and more modern version of the telecine, allowing greater resolution and more operator flexibility. One of the best qualities of this scanner is that it is incredibly gentle on the actual film, which is so important with older, archival stock. For example, when the operator rewinds the film, the actual film itself is lifted off of the skid plate, and that is a huge benefit.
The film elements that are being worked on for the upcoming release of Radley Metzger’s “The Opening Misty Beethoven”, are the 35mm hard and cool versions CRI, (which stands for color reversal internegative), the 35 mm trailer, and 3 reels of 16 mm silent PIX, containing never before seen footage from the Audubon archives, like deleted scenes, alternative footage and outtakes. The audio sources we are using for the restoration are the original mag track for the hard version and the optic track for the cool version. The hard version will also boast a 5.1 audio mix, for those out there who wish to enjoy that true stereophonic experience. Of course the MONO track will also be included!
The restoration of all of these elements is well underway and we are expecting to have all of the elements back in our post production facility within the next week. From that point, we will be hard at work compiling all of this wonderfully remastered footage, in order to release the greatest adult-based, DVD package of all time.
The package is set to include both hard and cool versions of Misty Beethoven, along with Metzger commentary on the hard version, as well as an immense line up of video based extras, including an in-depth restoration feature, a locations feature, HD outtakes/ with Radley Metzger commentary, A tribute to Jamie Gillis, A feature on the film’s star Constance Money, multiple language subtitles, film facts track, and so much more! And don’t forget our amazing liner note books, available in each DVD. An exact release date has not been set, but it looks like it will be ready to go around May 2012.
Stay Tuned for all new updates, including rumors of a B-Ray??
About Process Blue:
In 2012, Process Blue was established in Brideport, CT, and is operated by Ryan Emerson and Joe Rubin. Ryan Emerson has over 10 years experience as a colorist and is very well versed in film transfers and the technical aspects involved. Joe Rubin, is a well established film archivist and film historian and brings a wealth of knowledge to the new facility. Rubin has also been training on the scanner and restoration software, and will be conducting transfers, as well.
Process Blue, is a fully functional film scanning facility, equipped with the Golden Eye III Film Scanner and also has major plans for further development, to reach all levels of post production( editing suites, green screen, etc.).
It is located only an hour North of NYC and is only a few blocks away from the Metro North train!
for more information go to: Processblue.tv
Do you know anyone who is crazy for Metzger (or just plain crazy– we’re not picky!) and who is fluent in Spanish, French, German or Italian?
In return for the minor task of translating 5000+ words of meticulously transcribed grunts and sex-noises, that lucky individual would be eligible to receive:
* The kind of fame that only translating subtitles for an obscure 1970s porn film can bring!
* Irresistibility to persons of their preferred sex commensurate with the above level of fame!
* The kind of conversation-starter that will instantly separate the wheat from the chaff at a cocktail party! (Perfect for people who like talking to chaff!)
* The opportunity to be part of preserving something of historical significance for [one-handed] study by future generations!
* And oh, yeah, his or her name (or preferred nom-de-porn) in the DVD credits, plus a couple of free copies of the special edition DVD.
If interested please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or just reply to the post!
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Shaun Costello’s first 35mm effort, ‘Midnight Desires’ marks his move from master of the one-day wonder to expert of the bigger budget. The movie is wonderfully shot and features an expertly chosen (and stolen) music soundtrack. Starring the ever delightful Jenny Baxter, the ever enigmatic Jamie Gillis, the ever smoldering C.J. Laing, and the ever-so-nice Eric Edwards.
Check out these great reviews at Distribix.com:
Our brand new film table, perfect for rewinding prints, splicing or even viewing!!
Includes a power rewind and 2 Hand rewinds, 4 foot flourescent light is mounted below the white plexi-glass. Table is on casters and is fully mobile.