Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood
Believe me, (TCM's) stewardship beats just about anyone else's.
I need to take issue with this.
TCM are NOT good stewards of these titles.
VOOM clearly did an outstanding job with old features.
They took the time to re-scan old titles and packaged them in an
exciting format: Monsters-HD, Westerns, Classics.
They respected the audience by announcing whether the source was
16mm or 35mm. Even the 16mm RODAN looked good on VOOM.
Their presentations were worth watching because we got to see
HD scans of 35mm films in whatever quality was available.
It was definitive. Just like attending an archive screening.
Most of the time quality was just fine. When it wasn't, we could
raise concerns about it on blogs such as this and perhaps
encourage a search for new elements.
We became dignified participants in the film preservation process.
In fact, Voom screenings and the resulting discussions remain a notable
reference point describing the condition of certain films at that point in time.
In contrast, TCM's shabby track record is an insult to
the audience interested in these films.
TCM says little or nothing about HD.
TCM has nothing to show us.
Now, TCM-HD is about to celebrate it's 3rd anniversary as a failure.
Voom lost a lot of money trying to put up satellites and getting
subscribers and eventually went bust. It was harsh.
But Voom will always be remembered for how well they presented old films.
Meanwhile TCM-HD will be forgotten for doing exactly the opposite.