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Naturama - Republic's New Wide-Screen Process
Topic Started: Oct 4 2017, 12:26 PM (212 Views)
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From a thread at the HTF. I've never heard of "Naturama".

Naturama - Republic's New Wide-Screen Process


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Isn't there a Blu-Ray of a Naturama film coming soon? I can't remember whether it's Olive or K-L that will release it.
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I'm not aware, but intrigued.

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Yes, I believe Kino has "The Man Who Died Twice" (1958-Rep) slated for release in November. Starring Rod Cameron and Vera Ralston (her last film, I believe). I plan on getting the Blu-ray.

Can't recall offhand if any others have been released. Olive has done many 1950s Republics, but I'm not sure if any were Naturama efforts. Usually, I'm most apt to remember old tv viewings of pan-and-scan examples like "Accused of Murder" (1956) and "Affair in Reno" (1957), all looking pretty awful. Might be pretty nice to see them in their correct ratios. I recall "Young and Wild" (1958) being a better-than-average 'teen delinquent' film, but it too was pan-and-scanned, when I taped it off-air decades ago. I'd rather like to see some of those late Republics all done right, so as to re-assess them. Those wretched old tv-prints from long ago tended to turn me away, and perhaps created an unfair bias that I harbored for a long time. I'd also rather like to see the earlier Rod Cameron and Vera Ralston pairing, "Spoilers of the Forest" (1957), of which I only have the vaguest memories of.
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Interestingly three Republic productions starring Rod Cameron have recently appeared in Germany.
Gorgeous prints of The Sea Hornet (1951), Hellís Outpost (1954) & Spoilers of the Forest (1957) are now available.... and in their original screen aspect, namely 1.37 to 1, 1.66 to 1 & 2.35 to 1 respectively.
One problem though, whilst the first two have English soundtracks, the third (Spoilers of the Forest) does not.

I have the first two here ... and have ported them to US standard NTSC (from the Euro standard PAL). They are both excellent movies... of which I have a distinct fondness for Hellís Outpost ... a solid Luke Short story, well directed and with a top cast (including John Russell)
Seeing it as a kid, I was mightily impressed
Iíve thought of getting Spoilers of the Forest and adding an English soundtrack (from a poor quality US TV print). But itís a big job.... frame rate issues abound between NTSC & PAL
I do have powerful software which is capable of doing it ... but itís a question of Ďhow wellí (I may well find myself making lip sync adjustments for every scene across a 70 min film
But itís a good film
Then again so too is Headline Hunters (1955)
Edited by Fedora, Oct 30 2017, 10:53 PM.
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Damn ... I love a challenge
Having written above, I reasoned Ďwhy not give it a goí
So I will
Iíve just paid for Spoilers of Forest in glorious Naturama and spoken German
When it gets here, Iíll endeavour to use the English soundtrack from an old poor quality print of the film when shown on US TV.
Yep .... a challenge
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Good luck and let us know how it works out.

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Fedora, are you purchasing those German discs and, if so, from whom? I find that Amazon.de has fairly high prices. I would love to find another German source that will ship to the U.S., but with lower prices. Thanks for any info you have.
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