2017 is a big year for James Bond anniversaries. It marks the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice, the 40th anniversary of The Spy Who Loved Me, the 30th anniversary of The Living Daylights and the 20th anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies.
It is almost exactly 30 years to the day since I saw The Living Daylights at a cinema in London. I was 12 years old, and had already seen most of the other Bond films already, and I thought it was fantastic. After the film I went out and bought everything James Bond that I could find, which wasn’t much - just Sally Hibbin’s books and the book on tape version of the film - but I’m still collecting all things Bond to this day and sharing as much as I can of it with fans via The007Dossier.com
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I was offered the chance to buy an original UK print of the film and before I could say “But I have it on Blu-ray,” the 12 year old inside me was sending the money and the deal was done.
But having bought the print, I don’t have enough money left to get it scanned, and (not having access to a 35mm projector) unless I get it scanned we’re not going to get to watch it and find out just how heavy handed Lowry Digital was with the DNR… A few years ago I had a 35mm trailer of this film scanned. The film was missing the last few seconds so (without making any effort to blend them) I replaced the missing frames using the trailer from the Bluray (35mm in the middle, blu-ray on the sides):
The print appears to be in excellent condition:
Here it is being projected at an undisclosed location, somewhere in Europe (click on the image to see the video clips):
Scanning will cost around $820 (€720)
From what little I have seen of it, the print looks nice and clean but we could (if there is enough interest) send the print for the same ultrasonic cleaning that Poita used on ESB. That would cost an additional $1200, so whether or not that happens will depend on how much interest there is in the project. It sounds like a lot of money, and it is for any one person, but all it would actually take is for 20 people to donate $100 each.
The print will be scanned in 4K and available as a fan edit to anyone who already owns the official bluray. It’s too early to say whether or not any digital cleanup will be needed, or how long the project might take, but I’ll keep you posted in this thread.
- UHD MKV
- A 1080p Blu-ray, with menus and extras including 35mm Trailers, and other exclusive bonus content from my archives (TBD).
How will you get them out?
“Sorry, old man, section 26, paragraph 5. Need-to-know. Sure you understand.”
The print has been purchased and is ready for shipping.
Minimum Target (scanning only) $820
Maximum Target (cleaning and scanning) $2020
Pledges so far: $400
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