Re: Columbia adding trailers (was: Columbia and Criterion)

From: David P. Hayes
Date: Friday, December 05, 1997 9:36 AM

Erik Nelson <> writes in article <> :
> >I only wish Columbia would do S.E.'s - or at least include trailers.
> >Wish they'd lend movies to Criterion again - they had some sort of scuffle
> >a few years back and that was the end of that.

I know of one instance where Columbia did put on a trailer, and something odd happened. On "His Girl Friday" (Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, 1940), they put on a trailer all right, but it's apparent they were working from an original negative of it made immediately after the scenes had been optically copied to it from the picture negative. As included on the disc, the trailer has NO superimposed letter. There are close-ups of the actors set to music, and action scenes without dialogue, but no matter how long the viewer waits to see names and ad-slogans appear, his patience is for nought. In 1940, the titles were often filmed on a separate negative, then the two negatives (scenes negative and superimposition negative) were run one-atop-the-other to make the prints. Columbia's LD division apparently didn't realize that they would have to use another negative or they couldn't find and failed to mention it.

David Hayes


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