Nothing Sacred (1937) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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  1. Having recently watched Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey, I'm in the mood for some more of this – for me – very special actress. (I'm thinking of In Name Only tonight) I've just re-read Robert Harris's "A few Words About" the first Kino Blu-ray disc which I didn't get around to buying. I will be very interested in an informed opinion of this new disc when it comes out.

  2. Robert Crawford

    I wonder how much of an improvement is it over the previous Blu-ray release?

    Well, in my opinion it would almost HAVE to be, lol. But my thoughts on that release are WELL documented so I won't beat a dead horse. At this point, though, there's a high barre that has to be cleared before I give them my money AGAIN.

  3. Will Krupp

    Well, in my opinion it would almost HAVE to be, lol. But my thoughts on that release are WELL documented so I won't beat a dead horse. At this point, though, there's a high barre that has to be cleared before I give them my money AGAIN.

    I figured you would say that.

  4. Will Krupp

    Well, in my opinion it would almost HAVE to be, lol. But my thoughts on that release are WELL documented so I won't beat a dead horse. At this point, though, there's a high barre that has to be cleared before I give them my money AGAIN.

    So you're saying with this movie some things ARE Sacred … 😉 ?

  5. Here is a screencap comparison of the 2011 Blu-Ray sourced from David O. Selznick's personal nitrate print (courtesy of DVDBeaver) and the new 2018 Blu-Ray sourced from the restoration performed by Disney. You can read about the Disney restoration here.

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  6. Robert Crawford

    I wonder how much of an improvement is it over the previous Blu-ray release? I have that release, but haven't watched it so I need to do so before I think of buying this one.

    "I have that release, but haven't watched it" is a common theme in posts all across Home Theatre Forum, and every time I notice it I think: these are my people.

  7. revgen

    Here is a screencap comparison of the 2011 Blu-Ray sourced from David O. Selznick's personal nitrate print (courtesy of DVDBeaver) and the new 2018 Blu-Ray sourced from the restoration performed by Disney.

    OH MY GOD!!!!

    THAT'S what the new Kino blu-ray looks like? It's confirmed this is, at long last, the Disney restoration some 18 years later???

    I can't believe we're FINALLY getting a blu-ray that does justice to this wonderful movie. I'm buying this IMMEDIATELY and thanks for the heads up!!

  8. Will Krupp

    OH MY GOD!!!!

    THAT'S what the new Kino blu-ray looks like? It's confirmed this is, at long last, the Disney restoration some 18 years later???

    I can't believe we're FINALLY getting a blu-ray that does justice to this wonderful movie. I'm buying this IMMEDIATELY and thanks for the heads up!!

    Yes, the screencaps of the new blu-ray come from my disc.

    This is the Disney restoration. Confirmed here by Kino Lorber Insider. It was acquired through a recent deal Kino Lorber struck with Disney that includes titles from the Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, ABC Films, and the Selznick library.

  9. revgen

    This is the Disney restoration. Confirmed here by Kino Lorber Insider. It was acquired through a recent deal Kino Lorber struck with Disney that includes titles from the Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, ABC Films, and the Selznick library.

    Wow!! I'm over the moon!

  10. davidmatychuk

    "I have that release, but haven't watched it" is a common theme in posts all across Home Theatre Forum, and every time I notice it I think: these are my people.

    I'm not sure if this falls into the category of "I have that release but haven't watched it" as I have tried to watch the 2011 Blu-Ray unsuccessfully several times, but usually give up, as the color is simultaneously garish and washed-out. I know that's a contradiction in terms, but that's how it looks to me.

  11. I liked the new transfer quite a bit. I may be happier when hues run a bit redder, but I didn’t think it looked as pronounced as in these caps. The whites may be a bit truer in the first transfer, here and there, but the skin tones do not look so malarial in the new transfer. I think it’s much more pleasing.

  12. lark144

    I'm not sure if this falls into the category of "I have that release but haven't watched it" as I have tried to watch the 2011 Blu-Ray unsuccessfully several times, but usually give up, as the color is simultaneously garish and washed-out. I know that's a contradiction in terms, but that's how it looks to me.

    I enjoyed the film a great deal but I also never bothered to rewatch it since the disc was just that bad. I get what you mean by "simultaneously garish and washed-out," though. Parts that should be bright are dark and vice versa, parts that should be colorful and vivid are drab and vice versa. The new one looks much more balanced. My only question, though, is why everything is so much darker?

  13. MatthewA

    I enjoyed the film a great deal but I also never bothered to rewatch it since the disc was just that bad. I get what you mean by "simultaneously garish and washed-out," though. Parts that should be bright are dark and vice versa, parts that should be colorful and vivid are drab and vice versa. The new one looks much more balanced. My only question, though, is why everything is so much darker?

    According to Mr. Harris & other vintage film conservators (see response #13 above) early 3-strip Technicolor prints were generally muted, and darker than we're used to seeing in their later incarnations on Eastman stock, which was brighter. This was a conscious decision on the part of David O. Selznick, who produced NOTHING SACRED, as well as A STAR IS BORN, THE GARDEN OF ALLAH THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER and GONE WITH THE WIND, as he was looking for a greater sense of realism in terms of color reproduction, as well as Nathalie Kalmus, the chief Technicolor consultant (and also the wife of the inventor of Technicolor) who insisted that filmmakers avoid bright primaries in designing the sets and costumes and focus on more muted, pastel shades.

  14. Re-reading my response above, it's actually irrelevant for me to bring in Mrs. Kalmus, as I haven't seen the new Blu-Ray of NOTHING SACRED yet, and it may indeed be too dark. Perhaps Mr. Harris, who has seen both the new Blu-Ray and original 3-strip Technicolor nitrate prints, would like to comment on this.

  15. lark144

    Re-reading my response above, it's actually irrelevant for me to bring in Mrs. Kalmus, as I haven't seen the new Blu-Ray of NOTHING SACRED yet, and it may indeed be too dark. Perhaps Mr. Harris, who has seen both the new Blu-Ray and original 3-strip Technicolor nitrate prints, would like to comment on this.

    For Mrs. Kalmus, you might need an Ouija board.

  16. lark144

    Re-reading my response above, it's actually irrelevant for me to bring in Mrs. Kalmus, as I haven't seen the new Blu-Ray of NOTHING SACRED yet, and it may indeed be too dark. Perhaps Mr. Harris, who has seen both the new Blu-Ray and original 3-strip Technicolor nitrate prints, would like to comment on this.

    Very different. I’ll post a typical frame from the era.

  17. I watched it last night. It has many instances where it is just beautiful ; clean, fine grain, beautiful even and nicely saturated color others where it has some of the worst Technicolor registration errors I’ve ever seen. Some shots the grain is incredibly obtrusive and color balance issues abound but not consistently. An example is a brown suit will be purple and then brown etc .

    This was actually my first time seeing this film it was a lot of fun I laughed out loud quite a few times.

  18. CarlosMeat

    I watched it last night. It has many instances where it is just beautiful ; clean, fine grain, beautiful even and nicely saturated color others where it has some of the worst Technicolor registration errors I've ever seen. Some shots the grain is incredibly obtrusive and color balance issues abound but not consistently. An example is a brown suit will be purple and then brown etc .

    This was actually my first time seeing this film it was a lot of fun I laughed out loud quite a few times.

    Looks, to me, as if the masters were improperly processed.

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