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.
Misty Old Version
Misty-Raw Image from 2k scan
Misty_2k scan-with CORRECTIONS
Misty-Raw Image from 2k scan
Misty_2k scan with Corrections
Image from Raw 2k scan
2k scan- compressed Pro Res screen grab- 1920x1080
Raw- Pro Res Screen Grab- 1920x1080
Final shot, Color Corrected - Pro Res full HD 1920x1080
“FIRST CLASS, SEX, NON-SMOKING, ADULT FILM, NO SPECIAL MEAL REQUEST, INTERESTED IN A LITTLE HEAD AND A LOT OF PLEASURE”…..Jenny Baxter and Jamie Gillis
The project continues, So far we have the 2k scans of both the original UNCUT, hard and cool versions of Misty. The hard cut was restored manually and the soft was left alone, it still looks great and has a few scenes that die hards have been yearning for! The Director commentary is taking place this week, with the legendary Radley Metzger. We are currently lining up the various versions of outtakes(scanned in 2k) in our systems, audio synching, as well as editing video featurettes and continuing to shoot footage for the remaining features. Last week we sat down and recorded a wonderful interview with Music Director for many of the Radley Metzger’s film’s, George Craig, part of which will be included as bonus material on the upcoming DVD release. Also we are finalizing the official Misty soundtrack which will be released at the same time. This is going to be amazing, we will keep you posted.
Below are some random screen shots from the recent 2k scan. As you can see the restoration is gorgeous and as many hoped and wished, the grain is certainly intact. A very unique aspect of this transfer is that we unearthed the fact that Radley Metzger shot this film in both Super 16mm and 35 mm formats. Enjoy the shots!
It’s a little known fact that in 1975 when Radley Metzger shot footage in Paris and Rome for “The Opening of Misty Beethoven,” he borrowed local crew and equipment to do so. Whether you missed the opportunity to be part of his crew because you missed the Metro when you stopped to tie your shoe or because you foolishly hadn’t gotten around to being born yet, you’ve been granted a second chance!
If you live in/near Rome or Paris (or will be visiting either in the next 3 weeks) and own or can borrow a camera or camcorder, you can show up 36 1/2 years late to the filming and be part of an extra feature on the upcoming special edition of “The Opening of Misty Beethoven”!
In return for taking photographs and/or footage from the same position and angle as the film’s crew in a handful of locations around the city, you will get:
1. A free copy of the upcoming “The Opening of Misty Beethoven” special edition.
2. Your name (or chosen nom-de-porn) in the credits of the feature or featurette in which your photographs appear.
3. A certificate proudly proclaiming that by virtue of your photograph appearing on a disc containing pornographic material you are, by the commutative property of ill repute, ipso facto a Porn Photographer who worked on “The Opening of Misty Beethoven”.
On April 1 st, we will select one lucky photographer from each city, giving special preference to those with good cameras and photographic skills (with bonus points awarded to anyone willing to debase themselves or their friends by dressing and posing in place of the stars of the film). Street addresses and reference photos (both then and now) will be provided and stills or footage must be submitted to us electronically on or before April 15.
Just e-mail your information and qualifications (such as they are) to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 1 st and we’ll let you know if you’ve been chosen!
The Henry Paris Triple Feature
3 of the greatest X-rated features, from the maestro of erotic cinema, Radley Metzger, all for one low price. This is a great opportunity to own all 3 of these HENRY PARIS films, remastered from the original negatives, with a host of extras on each disc.
Radley Metzger’s entire life has been dedicated to cinema. From a child in the theaters of NYC, to being an assistant at RKO studios on Park Ave, to becoming one of the most well known directors of all time. His impressive tenure as an extremely successful director, distributor and businessman, speaks for itself.
In the early 1970’s after coming off the European set of “The Score”, Radley made his way back to NYC, and soon realized that a hairdresser from Queens, named Gerard Damiano, had made a little stag film called “Deepthroat”! He took notice and saw what was happening around him, he felt a movement and that movement was porno-chic. He figured, he was already a very successful filmmaker, so if a hair dresser can do it, then he certainly had a decent shot. He created the moniker “Henry Paris”, as to keep his identity in the dark, as he had a well known reputation.
In 1974, he assembled a very professional cast and crew and in six days he was able to create the “Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann”. It was a hit, and Radley Metzger had now become master of the soft and the hard. Henry Paris went on to make “Naked Came The Stranger in 1975, based on the novel by the same name. This film’s budget was much greater than Pamela and involved more cast and crew. “Naked” premiered at the WORLD THEATER in NYC and was an instant hit. He went on to make 2 more very successful films: The Opening of Misty Beethoven and Barbara Broadcast. The first is referred to by some as the greatest adult film ever made. In 1978, Metzger released the swan song to the genre in ” Maraschino Cherry”, a combination of several scenes from various shoots and original footage.
This is a great deal and a great opportunity to get all 3 Henry Paris classics for one low price.
INCLUDED: •Maraschino Cherry Platinum Elite 2 Disc Set •The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann 2 Disc Set •Naked Came The Stranger Special Edition
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: email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!