The results are pretty gorgeous and really reflect what could be similar to seeing it fresh upon release (Or possibly even better). Years of age and damage have been removed and the color has been corrected to bring the two-strip color pallet to a uniform shape. The title remained on the sales list, but the negative vaults held no preprint to service it. The Mystery of the Wax Museum is a fun little mystery/horror/gumshoe film that features many of the traits you’d want from a film of its respective era. Q&A with Scott MacQueen, the Archive’s head of preservation discusses the film’s history and recent restoration, © 2020 Regents of University of California, Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the UCLA campus community, UCLA Health scientists pioneer faster, cheaper COVID-19 testing technology, Andrea Ghez wins 2020 Nobel Prize in physics, We see you: Department name change acknowledges and uplifts Central Americans. The considerable additional expense of the compromised two-color spectrum, which was a fine idea when color was a novelty, was now anathema. He also shows her the dead body of Joe Worth, whom Darcy had been tracking down for some time. He did all their tests, was there all through the evolution of the process, and was probably the greatest cinematic color expert at the time. In 2019, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Film Foundation undertook a new restoration with funding from the George Lucas Family Foundation, combining and repairing the best surviving 35mm elements. Only a memory of those who saw it when the movie was playing in theaters. Excellent restoration work!
But, the ride to get there is pretty good and fun to sink back into the charm of 1930s Hollywood. From one negative they optically separated the frames into two “matrix” positive films, inked them up, one red and one green, and transferred the dyes onto a blank film that had the soundtrack pre-printed on it. Director Andre De Toth, who made the Vincent Price version, supposedly screened the film in a private viewing room at Warner Brothers as part of his pre-production.
Keep up the great work. He gives a private tour to a friend, Dr. Rasmussen (Holmes Herbert) and an investor, Mr. Galatalin (Claude King) showing them sculptures of Joan of Arc, Voltaire, and his favorite, Marie Antoinette. Subtleties that have been forever masked, like the heavy breathing of the morgue monster, are heard for the first time. What were the source materials for this restoration? Igor's partner Joe Worth (Edwin Maxwell) proposes to burn the museum down for the insurance money of £10,000. All Rights Reserved.
It never feels like it can’t handle a tone or spills heavier in one direction.
We worked with Audio Mechanics to restore the sound, removing any noise and adding the missing words. He’d say, “That’s it, go home.”. I've never been clear on why Warners had to shoot DOCTOR X in black and white as well as color, instead of just making black and white prints from the color negative. Both film stars Fay Wray and Glenda Farrell talked to me about that, it was just awful. Yes, the Vincent Price starring classic The House of Wax was another take on this, so that would mean it connects all the way down to the Paris Hilton starring film from 2005. The man is quite possibly the finest director ever from that workman studio system from the early years of filmmaking. We had to borrow Miss Farrell’s words from her 1932 movie “Life Begins” to fill in the missing dialogue.
Black Levels: Blacks are deep and dark, a little heavier in the grain. Atwill plays sculptor Ivan Igor, who creates lifelike wax figures of historical characters and exhibits them at his London wax museum.
What’s your personal connection to this movie? Andy Ross is a humorist with a strong passion for classic movies and music. Heck, some of the reviews from then couldn’t not get away from it bugging them. Pinging is currently not allowed. But of course!
 The Variety reviewer said that the story was "loose and unconvincing" but liked the gruesome makeup and said that the film should do well at neighborhood cinemas..
And it was in color in the 1930s?
This restored version will be released on Blu-ray/DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in May.
The ideas, imagery and macabre horror on display in the film would enlighten, open up and inspire more than just those for longer after its release. We now hear the subtle sound of a museum employee slipping a dagger into the chest of the wax figure of Marat.
However, both films did have one unusual tendency in common: they were vehicles for gimmicks. The wax museum, seedy characters and more are quite well done and disturbing. For 25 years, the CHFB has been the essential site for classic horror news, research and enthusiasm. He used it to add an ominous green to the horror aspects, mixing it with white light on the principal actors so they could move through a spooky world, and red-orange for danger.
Impressive Florence's roommate is Charlotte Duncan (Fay Wray), whose fiancée Ralph (Allen Vincent) works at Igor's new wax museum. By the late 1950s, when the Warner library was being sold in a package for television to Associated Artists Productions, Mystery of the Wax Museum was deemed lost.
With correct color, restored sound and digital correction of picture wear and tear, the Blu-ray garnered universally rave reviews with many commenters noting that it was as if seeing the film for the first time. We partnered with Roundabout Entertainment on the picture clean-up and grading; they digitally cleaned the damage and made major repairs and full color correction, as dye transfer prints frequently don’t match across reels. Charlotte, visiting Ralph at the museum, is trapped there by Igor, who it is revealed can still walk. In this interview, the Archive's Head of Preservation Scott MacQueen discusses the film's production history and recent restoration. While visiting the museum, Florence notices an uncanny resemblance between a wax figure of Joan of Arc and the dead model. I think Rennahan would be proud of the way it looks now. On Wax Museum he experimented heavily with what he called “projected color,” which is filtered color light. A Facebook post by the UCLA Film & Television Archive about their current restoration of MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM included the tidbit in the comments that there will be a blu-ray release through Warner Archives at some point next year. (Check your inbox or spam filter for confirmation.). On “Wax Museum” he experimented heavily with what he called “projected color,” which is filtered color light. Filmed in the early Two-Color Technicolor® process, The Mystery of the Wax Museum was considered a lost film for decades, until a well-worn print was discovered nearly 50 years ago. The film stars Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, and Frank McHugh. There’s a little overlap between the two tracks, but both are fantastic. Florence leads the police to the museum just in time: for a man supposedly crippled by fire, Igor moves with surprising speed and agility, successfully fighting off the police, but is finally gunned down. He was with the company from the very beginning in 1915 and worked exclusively with them into the 1930s.
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