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The 4th volume in this series could be better.
on 8 October 2013
This is the fourth volume in BFI's three CFF features on a DVD series. All the previous volumes have featured films remastered from the original 35mm negatives and have looked marvelous. However, on this volume, only "The Man From Nowhere" (1975) has been remastered in 1.85:1 anamorphic wide screen from the original 35mm film negatives, while both the excellent "Haunters of the Deep" and the less than excellent "Out of the Darkness" have been remastered not from the 35mm versions, but from 4 x 3 ratio 16mm versions and it shows. Although they look as good as any 16mm film from the mid-1980s could look (which isn't saying much), they both have a softness of focus about them and look rather grainy. The difference in image quality between the 35mm "The Man From Nowhere" and the two in 16mm is very noticeable indeed. So what are the BFI saying by doing this? That the original 35mm negatives from "Haunters of the Deep" and "Out of the Darkness" no longer exist? And if so, why not, as they are both less than thirty years old. I was expecting a really clear image on the "Haunters of the Deep" transfer, but as it is, it looks no better than the bootleg copy I've had for years. 4 out of 5 for this one.