Having just moved on a few prints in order to raise dosh for a couple of decent 16 or 8mm features we have been assessing the collection. While none of us ever expect our films to last forever one cant help noticing how every other film advertised for sale now has, "slight fade" "light hue" or "faded". It is of course inevitable and i suspect for some on both forum channels , this is now a boring subject.
The only reason i bring this up tonight is looking through the collection and viewing some films bring much less joy to the viewing when the dark scenes have that awful hue to them.
I do fully understand some chaps are more than happy to view faded or fading movies, with or without scratches, but the one that really bought it home was She wore a yellow Ribbon, 4 x 400ft colour sound. This was one of my Brothers all time favourites and bought around 30 years ago or more, unfortunately, the last time he viewed it he rang me up to say, "sell she wore a yellow ribbon for me, i just watched it and really didn't enjoy it this time". For me this was a bit of a shock as it really is one his favourite John Wayne Westerns. I bought it to my house to view it to get the screen shots for both the review on here and the sale of it on fleabay, Like all fading films we remembered this having such superb vibrant colours and it was such a shame to see the pinky fade setting in it. Also of course Assault on precinct 13, again, a film set a night for the most part so the red hue began to make it a less enjoyable view. Two nights ago i watched the projected disc feature fully restored version and while the whole experience of the projection is lost, to see this film with such a good image with all the colours and contrast, (plus the extra hour and a bit) was actually pretty darn good, however, i am pleased it went to another collector who is more than happy with it and to know it will continue to give another collector some pleasure for years to come.
Meanwhile, watching films and remembering how they use to be, is no longer an option for us and we will continue to sell to buy, hopefully, for every 10 we sell we will replace it with one decent quality movie. As for watching a red movie, i think i would rather go b/w or at least get some cash back for new buys.
The next decade will see much fewer good second hand copies of movies and equipment i thinks.