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The Mummy (1999) 35mm Feature Film SCOPE print!!!

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If there is a collective effort, we might be able to get this -

http://www.ebay.com/itm/35mm-Feature-Film-The-Mummy-SCOPE-/253049169462?hash=item3aeae7e636:g:GUYAAOSwpINZaxUK

“The Mummy 1999
Print is in like new condition apart from splices at heads and tails.
Scope print
Polyester
Shipped on 7 x cores
English audio, Dolby SR,DD,DTS ( DTS discs not included )”

Starting bid:
AU $150.00
Approximately US $117.14

Price (Buy It Now):
AU $640.00
Approximately US $499.81

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Sounds pretty awesome. If I may ask, what is a Scope print?

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Scope is short for Cinemascope, or in other words, widescreen. Aspect ratio of scope movies today is standardised at 2.39:1, the shape of the screen of most multiplex cinemas. TheMummy was shot with anamorphic lenses that squeezed a widescreen image within a square-frame which was un-squeezed by the projector to fill the entire cinemascope screen.

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Cool…thanks for that. We (my kids and I) love the first two Fraser Mummy movies, so I would be down to donate a few bucks.

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Ok. But this needs more contributors. Let’s see.

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I would certainly be interested in such a project… and donating a bit to make it happen!

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I’ve read the UHD for this film is remastered but the Blu-ray disc still looks crap. HD DVD compared to the Blu-ray disc (Too much DNR/EE. KEEP the film grain!) is one to get.
BUT, if someone did do a 4K scan of this and made a custom BD25 or BD50, it’d be awesome. Honestly, I’ve no clue if the DTS-HD Master Audio is good on said BD since I’ve never had the chance to watch it.

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This is about preserving the theatrical experience, which the Blu-ray and 4K UHD might not provide (the Blu-ray certainly doesn’t).

We need to see how the film looked on the original version (the prints). That my friend, is the original look of the picture. That is the purpose of this project anyway.

Now, if funding is available and the final bid isn’t too much, this might be grabbed.

Nothing is certain, for now.

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Papai2013 said:

@dvdmike, maybe. But there’s just something else, watching a film print. It’s like getting transported back in time. An experience, that you won’t get from watching clean digitised video.

Anyway, the print has been sold, so that’s that.

The new 4k disc is pretty faithful and non-digital looking from what I’ve heard, yo

Would still totally love to see this get scanned though!

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Papai2013 said:

@dvdmike, maybe. But there’s just something else, watching a film print. It’s like getting transported back in time. An experience, that you won’t get from watching clean digitised video.

Anyway, the print has been sold, so that’s that.

I’m not DVDMike but I’ve seen some awesome BD and UHD releases which have received painstaking 4K and greater remasters which preserves all film grain including original color timing. Why would I want to watch a worn print? I’d rather feel as though I’ve been transported in time seeing the film in pristine condition within the first few days of release.

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Papai2013 said:

To each his own then. Let it rest at that.

I have a better idea. Why not work on preserving a film print which doesn’t have a proper or any Blu-ray disc release at all on the entire planet?

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How about not crapping in a thread? If you have access to a rare print and deep enough pockets, knock yourself out.

And some of us like a grindhouse look once in a while. Puggo’s 16mm transfers and The War Of The Stars fanedit are good examples.

Where were you in '77?

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SilverWook said:

How about not crapping in a thread? If you have access to a rare print and deep enough pockets, knock yourself out.

And some of us like a grindhouse look once in a while. Puggo’s 16mm transfers and The War Of The Stars fanedit are good examples.

Exactly. We like the film look. Nobody is stopping anyone from preserving a rare movie that has not seen the light of day on a home video format. That is actually a good thing to do and should be encouraged. But this is a thread for ‘The Mummy’ (1999), not for preserving rare films, which should be invariably too costly too acquire, unless someone is very rich.

@RayRogers should create such a thread of his own. Where’s the harm in that?

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Yeah, focus on stuff you want to do Ray. The Mummy wouldn’t be my first choice for a scanning project, but I don’t feel the need to tell everyone that - what projects people want to create is up to them. We have access to some very rare prints if you want to scan them, as I mentioned in the other thread. 😃

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