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David Breneman wrote:
> --- Aaron Z Snyder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> Whoopee!! is the best-preserved example of a 100% two-color
>> Technicolor film
>> I've ever seen. Most of them have very limited color range, and
>> after seeing
>> Whoopee! I'm now convinced that the phenomenon was due more to
>> fading than
>> the deficiencies of only two colors. It definitely deserves DVD
>> treatment.
> 
> "Whoopie!" has been shown occasionally on TCM.  I got a decent
> Hi-8 copy of it off that channel before our cable company
> began compressing the hell out of the signal.  Although the
> primaries used in 2-strip Technicolor reproduce flesh tones
> quite well, there is no way to produce blue.  Look at all
> those greenish-gray Palm Springs skies in the opening of
> "Whoopie!" and you can see the deficiency.  But the main thing
> that killed two-strip Technicolor was a quality control
> problem.  The lab was so rushed with orders that they started
> sending out films with registration problems, color fading,
> and other defects caused by rushed production.  The films
> produced eyestrain, and soon black and while was a selling
> point for films.
> 
> 
> David Breneman         [log in to unmask]

Meanwhile, Canada is finally getting TCM and AMC in February. I've only been 
waiting for a decade and a half for the Canadian cable industry to get sensible 
about this situation (and Rogers Digital, for all my ranting about the idiots 
who work for that company and the impossibility of dealing with anyone with an 
IQ higher than a cheeseball, delivers a great signal).

dl