for more information on filmguard, see this:
How does it work? Simple. FilmGuard is a non-evaporating lubricant and cleaner. All other liquid film cleaners currently on the market, such as VitaFilm, RTI, ECCO, Renovex and FilmRenew to name a few, are designed as a cleaner/lubricant, but only really provide cleaning benefits due to their evaporative qualities. Pads of some sort are soaked in the liquid and then the film is quickly dragged through the cloth, before the cleaner evaporates. The second most popular method of cleaning film is through the use of PTR rollers. Upon my personal testing of these, I have found they don't really accomplish anything. In fact a theater I worked at tried a side by side comparison between a dry web media cleaner ran once a week vs. a PTR cleaning system ran every show. The prints were both brand new, of the same film stock and movie, run on exactly the same projection equipment and by the same caring operators, with the projectors thouroughly cleaned out after each run. To put it simply, after one week the PTR print looked dirty and the print that had only been cleaned once with a dry web media cleaner still looked good.
First, FilmGuard will deep clean better than any other liquid cleaner on the market. I have taken many an older print and run it through FilmGuard several times and cleaned up virtually all of the dirt and even covered up base side scratches.
Second, FilmGuard is polyestar safe! As everyone knows, the switch to polyestar film was accompanied by a loss of ability to lubricate prints at the theater level, and even recent attempts to lubricate prints at the lab do not work effectively. FilmGuard is the first cleaner which is safe to apply to polyester film since Warner Brothers introduction of Estar film stock with "The Fugitive." Prints ran with FilmGuard run smoother, steadier and quieter than prints without.
Finally, since FilmGuard is designed to NOT evaporate, a thin coating is created on both sides of the film. Thus, the film is in a way "submerged" in liquid and will project to the screen with true "wet gate" qualities, the likes of which can only be seen today in laserdiscs, DVDs and the Texas Instruments' new DLP video projection system. As I mentioned above, since the film is covered in liquid, many base side scratches, just like in wet gate printing, will be covered up and will not project to the screen...even though they are still there. With FilmGuard, you will have all these benefits without having to purchase new equipment or make any modifications to existing equipment.
yes, marketing hype, but some information in there..
will have a preview of r4 comparison with
some cleanup coming shortly..