Today, I am taking a 3 hour drive up to the Catskill Mountains, to see legendary porn actor Michael Dattorre (Michael Gaunt). He starred in some of the greatest adult features of all time. I am visiting him to do a short interview and some commentary and voice over for the upcoming Barbara Broadcast release. I am more than excited as I have met Michael before, and his energy, his charisma and commitment to his craft is second to none. To this day he remains actively involved in the theatre and film.
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A quick post of the week, to pay a special tribute to CJ Laing. Recently, the UNCUT Kitchen Scene from Barbara Broadcast has been digitally restored in HD. If only famed adult legend and historian, Jim Holiday, could see this version. Already considered one of the hottest sex scenes of all time, it will now blow your mind. I have wanted to post some hot pics of CJ for a while, these are scorchers.
We love you CJ.
EXCLUSIVE NEWS: MISTY BEETHOVEN PRINT FOUND FOR SCREENING!!!
The screening of the restored version of The Opening of Misty Beethoven, which is set for tomorrow night at Anthology Film Archives at 9:30pm, will now be an actual screening of a 35 mm print, which is in wonderful condition. The majority of film fans would much rather view a print as opposed to a DVD or BLU RAY, especially in a theater experience/setting. As a matter of fact, I know many who would prefer a beat up print, over a DVD, when it comes to any screening. It is going to be an amazing experience. We are hoping that this last minute news will be more than a surprise and I hope that it brings out a few more.
I will be on hand to introduce the film, along with Process Blue’s Joe Rubin. Joe’s company Process Blue performed the 2 k scan and digital restoration for the entire project. While we will keep our dialog short, we will be there all night long, so please feel free to come over to us and ask any questions or introduce yourself.
Also, we will have limited quantities at discounted pricing of the following:
DVD/BLU RAY/CD SOUNDTRACKS/POSTERS of THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN
I hope to see you all tomorrow night!
Hope your all doing well. I must give you all a blanket apology for being MIA recently. I must admit I was thrown a curve by the success of the Misty Beethoven release and got caught up in the mix. I will try to stay on the radar from now on!! We are moving ahead and working on completing the Barbara Broadcast re-release package. So here for the first time ever, are some screen grabs from the brand new 2k scan of Barbara Broadcast.
The Opening of Misty Beethoven 2 DVD Set and Blu Ray are both selling like hotcakes! Both packages are packed with uncut HD transfers, definitive extras, director /actor commentaries, liner notes and collectibles. They are gorgeous and anyone who has a BLU RAY collection really needs to pick this up. It is very limited, and is certainly the only example of a classic adult film ever to be professionally released on BLU RAY ! For those that have not gone BLU, the 2 DVD Collector’s Set is top notch and will blow you away!
Well they say that sometimes quality will stump quantity and in this case, I can’t argue that. The amount of effort that has gone into this Misty Beethoven restoration has been daunting. We really brought the film back to life. There will be a lengthy feature included as an extra in the release for those who are interested in the entire process. But for some quick satisfaction, I wanted to post some screen grabs from the recent 2k scan and compare them with images from the last and most recent VCA version. I will show the old standard version at 4:3, the raw 2k scan in proper aspect ratio and then the corrected 2k scan, with color correction, scratch removal and proper 1:85:1 aspect ratio.
These are raw file grabs and the 2k scans have been compressed to PRO RES HD FILES SIZE, so you are getting a full 1920×1080. The old version is presented in the improper aspect ratio, and has no scratch removal, color correction, etc. The new HD screen shots are presented in the proper 1:85:1 , which is how Radley shot the film and how it was intended to be seen.
If you notice, many of the raw shots after the 2k scan are very vibrant and in some cases overly colorful. Much of this is due to the magenta overtones, very common in archival film. It is easily balanced and corrected and once a true black level is established much of the color seems to return to normal, as seen in the Corrected HD shots.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of your wonderful feedback and support on the releases of “The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann” and “Naked Came The Stranger”. Currently, we are in the process of restoring the original film elements of “The Opening of Misty Beethoven”, on a 2k scanner, restoring and enhancing the original sound, and also delving into the outtakes, deleted scenes and alternative footage that has also been scanned and will be seen in HD for the first time ever!!
The commentary with legendary director Radley Metzger for “The Opening of Misty Beethoven” will be moderated by Distribpix’s lead project researcher and adult film historian, Benson Hurst. It is scheduled to take place in a 2 weeks and we thought it would be a great idea to give the fans an opportunity to send in their own questions to be asked to Radley during the commentary, Of course we will only be able to choose a few of them.
It is very easy to send your questions to us:
You can post questions to Distribpix on Facebook, under the QUESTION LINK for Radley Metzger commentary- you can post your question publicly or send a private message: http://www.facebook.com/distribpix
You can also post right here, on The Distribpix Blog, for people who do not use Facebook!
Or just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
POST YOUR QUESTIONS!!
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