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I’m attempting a huge crowdfunding project to get a list of 35mm films scanned, including Alien, Aliens, Blade Runner, Predator, The Running Man, Robocop, along with a list of horror titles, and more to follow. I’m working with a few other 35mm project leaders. The initial part will likely completed in February 2022, with further instalments released as per the dates listed. You can read all the details here;
35mm print scanning is an expensive & time consuming business. It costs somewhere between $700/£590 to $1100/£920 to rent & scan each movie in 4K or 5K resolution (depending on running time), and even that is fans’ mates rates. The quality of the print, or popularity of the film doesn’t come in to it. Time-wise; might be anything from 1-3 months to get a batch of scans, and restoration work on each print might be another 1-2 weeks each.
Why watch a 35mm scan over a retail Blu-Ray version? The biggest draw for me is the overall experience of seeing a warts & all 35mm print, over a impeccably perfect and overly sanitised restored digital version. In addition, there is usually a wider un-cropped picture, no modern colour correction, and the original mono or stereo audio mixes. A genuine theatrical experience.
So to the pitch. Every few months, I’ll be asking everyone on this project’s mailing list for a set financial donation, which will vary each time according to the scanning costs and the number of contributors. From those funds, a set of 3-5 35mm movie scans (plus trailers) will be created, and every contributor will get those scans. There would never be any profit, as any funds left over once the rental/scanning costs are paid, rolls over in to later and/or additional scans. Each round of scans, pays for the next, and we’ll just see how far it can go.
Book Of The Dead (Evil Dead 1/2) Blu-Ray ~ Dick Spanner PI DVD ~ Gamesmaster S1-7 DVD Box-Set
BBC2’s 1995 Forbidden Weekend Blu-Ray ~ Dawn Of The Dead - Extended Cut OST ~ BookOfTheDead.ws