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It is then, in this interest that we created this web site, '''datacrystal.org'''. This site is intended to be a repository of all hacking knowledge, a resource for hackers of any console game.
Subject: Summary of American Moving Image Archivists screening, 12/8/93
 
Message-ID: <1993Jan24.071916.10547@tc.fluke.COM>
 
Summary: Summary of restored and discovered films shown at AMIA Screening
 
Keywords: AMIA, film restoration and archival
 
Organization: The John Fluke Mfg. Co. /a.k.a. The Gizmonics Institute/
 
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1993 07:19:16 GMT
 
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Sometimes, you just happen to be in the right place at the right time, and
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are alerted to it by the right person.  A very good friend I was visiting in
 
Palo Alto last December pointed out that David Packard's Stanford theatre
 
(the nicest movie theater on the face of the earth in appearance,
 
restoration and choice of viewing matter, as far as I'm concerned; it's one
 
of the two things I would move up from the Bay area to Seattle if I could)
 
was hosting the American Moving Image Archivists members' clips from current
 
subjects they were working on. The AMIA is made up of professionals who
 
root out, restore and/or archive rare and significant films or television
 
programs (on video or kinescope recordings); one of the members that will be
 
best-known to film and video enthusiasts is the UCLA Film and Television
 
Archive.  
 
  
Anyway, the AMIA was having it's annual convention, and after their dinner,
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David Packard had offered them the use of the Stanford for showing the
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"crown jewels" of their current projects to each other. However, he had
 
stipulated that members of the public could attend (for free!!), and printed
 
it up in the Stanford program.  My friend, knowing of my mania for film
 
history and restoration techniques (I collect laserdiscs; 'nuff said),
 
generously offered to accompany me there for the evening.  We arrived to the
 
theater to discover that maybe 10 other Stanford film buffs had decided to
 
attend.  We had the pleasure of sitting and reading the AMIA program for the
 
evening for 20 minutes while listening to one of the Stanford's talented
 
organists played various tunes on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, until the AMIA
 
members (dressed in tuxes and evening gowns) appeared.  We felt a little
 
guilty to have copped the best seats in the house from the paying members --
 
but not too much.  BTW, the Stanford is one of the last places on earth that
 
has kept the art of a dramatic curtain-up for film.  It is a pleasure to
 
experience.
 
  
Here's a rundown of the most interesting (to me) things we saw that evening;
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those interested in film preservation and restoration (as well as those in
 
the video community wondering what new restored prints of films may appear
 
on video) will be interested, I think.  Each member's clip was limited to
 
about 8 to 10 minutes, I believe.
 
  
*  The two opening shorts (from the San Francisco State University Library
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    and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, respectively) were
 
    travelogues, the first from 1939 San Francisco, the second one of MGM's
 
    publicity records of the grand opening of GRAND HOTEL from 1932. The
 
    restoration on the latter was particularly impressive; however, outside
 
    of seeing various famous actors and actresses in a less "handled" manner
 
    than publicity shorts that came later, these were less interesting than
 
    what followed.  (I had hoped to see a clip of something more interesting
 
    from UCLA.)
 
  
*  A company called Wolfson Media Center in Miami came up with a
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    highly-amusing clip from a Miami news program from 1962 called FYI. The
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    film was made in 1962, two months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, and was
 
    made up of on-the-street interviews with New Yorkers, asking them if
 
    they planned to change their plans to vacation in Miami after the
 
    problems with Cuba.  The reporter was rather flowery in his speech, and
 
    the audience enjoyed it greatly; I was impressed to see how some of
 
    the smaller AMIA members, with less material to choose from, had an eye
 
    for something that, if not massively significant to film restoration,
 
    was entertaining to those attending the screening.
 
  
*  Hollywood Vaults, Inc., is a public storage facility for storing film
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    and tape in secure, safe vaults. One of their clients is the estate of
 
    Abbott and Costello, who gave permission to show a wonderful sketch
 
    performed live on the Colgate Comedy Hour in 1952, and saved on
 
    kinescope. It is titled "The Diamond Necklace", and while one of the
 
    classic vaudeville acts, is accentuated by a sound man who had some
 
    trouble sticking to his cues -- which provides a good deal of
 
    unintentional humor, and has Bud and Lou almost losing it live, on
 
    nationwide television.
 
  
*  Southwest Film / Video Archives has discovered a print of Alfred
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    Hitchcock's directing debut, THE PLEASURE GARDEN (they mention that a
 
    prior film, a 2-reeler, was never finished.)  It is a silent production
 
    of a morality play, about two showgirls. As one would expect from a
 
    first production, little about it hints at the director's future, but
 
    the opening credits are extremely striking.  According to records, the
 
    only other print in the world of this film is in the British Film
 
    Institute (along with "unidentified material" in the Belgian Film
 
    Archives.)
 
  
*  WGBH Education Foundation provided a host of early 60's video programs
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    on public station WGBH; WGBH is currently evaluating what to do with a
 
    large amount of videotaped shows from their early years, which are
 
    nearing the end of their shelf life. Some fast clips from their
 
    archives that were shown: early Julia Childs "French Chef" episodes (I
 
    cannot watch these with a straight face after seeing Dan Ackroyd do
 
    Julia Childs on SNL years ago); a monologue (to the camera) by Jean
 
    Shepard; an interview from 1963 with James Baldwin; a speech by JFK at
 
    Amherst College in 1963; a special in 1964 on Robert Frost; "What's
 
    Happening, Mr. Silver", a 60's counter-culture program done by various
 
    lights of that generation, with tons of psychedelic montages and
 
    round-table discussions between noted revolutionaries (I could swear one
 
    was Abbie Hoffman, but I'm not sure) -- it all was rather embarrassingly
 
    dated; a conversation with Muhammad Ali in 1968; and James Brown performing
 
    at the Boston Garden, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.
 
    Very interesting stuff, to be sure.
 
  
*  The Museum of Modern Art showed the ending of ON THE WATERFRONT, from a
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    new restored print initiated by the Sony-Columbia preservation program.
 
    The negative it was restored from had extensive sound damage. The sound
 
    and picture quality of the restored print we saw was absolutely
 
    top-drawer.  
 
  
*  Eastman Kodak had brought in test films of their new digital film-making
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    process; it opened with voice-overs by James Cameron and Harlan
 
    Ellinshaw describing how this would open up film-making into amazing new
 
    vistas. Unfortunately, Kodak under-estimated how much time they had to
 
    show their process at the screening, and showed the comparison of color
 
    between normal 35mm film and digital film-making (point: no difference
 
    to my eye), but ran out of time before showing the special effects
 
    capabilities of their digital process, which is really the reason d'etre
 
    of the whole shebang.
 
   
 
*  The Chicago Historical Society had come across an amusing kinescope of
 
    Kukla, Fran & Ollie describing how a kinescope works.  Much spoofing of
 
    technical film and video terms, and the techies in the audience had a
 
    great time.  Much fun for us rubes, as well.
 
  
*  The Japanese American National Museum had transferred a video program
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    (shown in the museum on multiple laser discs) of home movies taken by
 
    first-generation Japanese Americans of their life in San Francisco and
 
    Tacoma, Washington during the late 1920's and early 1930s. A bit long,
 
    but fascinating stuff, particularly as one does not see much "home movie"
 
    footage from the late 20's these days.
 
 
 
*  The National Archives of Canada had two subjects, both amusing and
 
    educational: the first was a short news clip describing their trip to
 
    Australia where the CBC had discoved the last remaining evidence of a
 
    device described as the (I believe) "Blatnerphone" -- one of the
 
    earliest examples of recording audio on magnetic tape.  A spool of the
 
    tape which had recorded CBC broadcasts during World War II had been
 
    found there, and they were anxious to find out what was on it.
 
    Apparently Lorne Greene was a newsreader for the BBC during WWII, and
 
    there has never been any recorded record of his reports during the war.
 
    However, the news clip never explained if Greene's voice was found or
 
    not.
 
 
 
    The second was a clip from a 1920 silent film called "Something New"; it
 
    was a typical silent western from the period, except for one thing: the
 
    film had almost entirely been financed by the Maxwell car company.
 
    Thus, the standard plot of such a melodrama (heroine gets kidnapped by
 
    outlaw villain, who has despicable plans for her, while hero rides to
 
    the rescue) is altered by one thing; instead of searching for the
 
    outlaws' hideout (situated in a boulder-strewn no-man's-land) on
 
    horseback, the stalwart young lad sallys forth in -- yes, you guessed it
 
    -- a Maxwell automobile.  I will admit that the car seems pretty durable
 
    (the actor takes it into place I wouldn't go in a Land Rover), but it's
 
    a bit difficult to generate suspense when the hero seems to be
 
    riding to the rescue at a speed of about 40 feet every 10 minutes. The
 
    hero's dog, sitting in the back seat of the Maxwell, looks seasick even
 
    in black-and-white.  Halfway through the show, David Packard motioned
 
    to the organist to accompany it, and he did a wonderful job of it,
 
    considering he'd never seen the film.  Everyone in the crowd was rolling
 
    -- an excellent choice.  [My favorite line: as the villain tries to
 
    convince the heroine to compromise her virtue, she valiantly turns up
 
    her nose, and the caption card reads "Never!  I'm an American!"  Next
 
    time, cast Madonna.]
 
 
 
*  The West Virginia State Archives, as you might expect, doesn't have
 
    anything of huge significance to the history of film; but they did show
 
    a number of interesting restored films of people camping in West
 
    Virginia during the 30's.  (Along with an amusing 1966 UFO story.)
 
 
 
*  The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House came up
 
    with two extremely interesting finds.  First, last August, a fellow
 
    walked into George Eastman House in Rochester and dropped off three
 
    reels of nitrate film from *1903*, all made by the Edison Film Company,
 
    and all in nearly perfect condition.  The two that were particularly
 
    exciting to hear about were a George Melies film "Une Indigestion / Up-
 
    To-Date Surgery", which we watched (lots of jump-cut special effects,
 
    just what you'd expect from Melies, but very charming); and an
 
    immaculate print of THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, which we didn't get a
 
    chance to see.  Yowsah!
 
 
 
    The other find was a collection of samples from a French company named
 
    the Caumont Film Company, which developed, in 1913, an additive color
 
    process, Gaumont Chronochromes, and made a number of test films to sell
 
    the system.  I quote from the program: "Chronochromes have three black
 
    and white (YCM), wide-screen images (1:1.66) on a single strip of film
 
    which, through a system of filters and mirrors, were projected with a
 
    special Gaumont Chronochrome projector to produce a color image on the
 
    screen."  It appears to be an early twist on three-strip Technicolor;
 
    however, the results were very unusual in the clip we saw.  A woman in
 
    the latest fashion of the day was seated; she and her surroundings were
 
    a rather sepia-colored tone, but the hat on here head, and her blouse
 
    and skirt, were colored in very bright, almost neon colors.  It reminded
 
    me of a moving black-light poster.  George Eastman House says they have
 
    other Gaumont Chronochrome titles (approximately 30), and plan to
 
    restore them all.
 
 
 
  * Turner Entertainment finished up the official program for the evening,
 
    with a sequence from THE WIZARD OF OZ where the clip cut between
 
    three-strip Technicolor, and Eastman Color.  I could almost always tell
 
    when they'd switched from Eastman Color to Technicolor, but had more
 
    trouble determining when they switched back to Eastman Color.
 
    Interesting.
 
 
 
  * An unannounced item at the end (along with the Blatnerphone clip):
 
    someone (I don't know who) is restoring Sam Pekinpah' MAJOR DUNDEE -- a
 
    full restoration of the director's cut, putting in much of the scenes
 
    that were cut out before it got to the viewer.  However, the project is
 
    in the very early stages.  The clips we saw were gorgeous, though.
 
 
 
The AMIA conference opened with David Packard jokingly announcing that the
 
only way he had allowed the AMIA to put that "damned video equipment" (the
 
videotape projectors which projected the videotaped parts of the
 
presentations on the big screen) was that he got to show a 35mm restored clip
 
of the "Sheik of Araby" sequence from TIN PAN ALLEY -- the one with The
 
Nicholas Brothers do absolutely amazing tap-dancing, and Betty Grable and
 
Alice Faye giving the boo-ba-doo treatment to Jack Oakie in the title role
 
of the bit.  Absolutely immaculate, and using black-and-white film to an
 
almost luminescent effect.  An excellent way to end a very interesting
 
evening; Palo Alto is lucky to have the Stanford, and David Packard.
 
 
 
                          DAVE BARRY'S 1992 IN REVIEW -- February 7th
 
                              "President Bush, responding to allegations
 
                              that his use of the potent sleeping-pill
 
                              Halcion has caused him to act erratically,
 
                              angrily tells reporters that they are `big
 
                              Methodist spiders.'"
 
---
 
                                        Moriarty, aka Jeff Meyer
 
INTERNET:    moriarty@tc.fluke.COM
 
Manual UUCP:  {uunet, uw-beaver, sun, microsoft}!fluke!moriarty
 
CREDO:        You gotta be Cruel to be Kind...
 
                **>> Keep circulating the tapes <<**
 

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In the interests of a more organized ROM hacking community, the administration of the PK Hack community has come to several conclusions based on the extant evidence. One of these being, while the PK Hack community's uniqueness makes it important in the realm of ROM hacking, it also can serve as a model for a greater unification among the general ROM hacking community. It is then, in this interest that we created this web site, datacrystal.org. This site is intended to be a repository of all hacking knowledge, a resource for hackers of any console game.

Datacrystal's usages have many parallels to Wikipedia, and therefore many of the What Wikipedia is not rules apply to Datacrystal. More specific rules are below, including differences from Wikipedia.

What Datacrystal can be

Datacrystal can be a pseudo-dictionary. 
Because ROM hacking involves the use of many specialized terms, we encourage the creation of pages to define terms. However, these articles should include more than a simple definition, and should be linked to from other pages (see our policy on orphaned pages.)
Datacrystal can be a publisher of original thought. 
Since ROM Hacking often involves pioneering work, we encourage you to submit your own work to Datacrystal. However, please only submit verifiable information. Please do not use Datacrystal for opinion pieces or non-ROM Hacking work.
Datacrystal can contain lists of data. 
Because of the nature of ROM Hacking, especially ROM and RAM maps, some articles may begin as lists of offsets. However, we expect that these lists will then be supplemented with additional content.

What Datacrystal is Not

Datacrystal is not an instant message service. 
While we provide user and talk pages, these are not meant for the transmission of messages to and from our users. Many users have contact information listed on their talk page; please use this to contact them.
Datacrystal is not an image board. 
While we do allow the uploading of images for reference purposes, please limit yourself to only a few images per article. Images deemed inappropriate (especially joke images and sexually explicit images) will be removed. Please only upload images to be used in articles.
Datacrystal is not a message board. 
Please do not ask questions using Datacrystal; there are several websites across the Internet dedicated to asking questions about ROM hacking.
Datacrystal is not a free space provider or webhost. 
We ask that except for image files, you host such things as hacks and utilities on your own webspace. There are many free webspace providers on the Internet.
Datacrystal is not an anarchy. 
We have certain rules and guidelines, and ask that our users follow them if they wish to have continued access to datacrystal.org. On the other hand, we also ask that users who have issues with rules, guidelines, and procedures post their comments on the appropriate discussion pages.
Datacrystal is not a source of free advertising or propaganda. 
Opinions on game consoles, advertisement-like feature lists for hacking utilities, and qualitative language regarding games, hacks, and utilities are generally not welcome on Datacrystal.
Datacrystal is not a gaming encyclopedia. 
If information is available on Wikipedia, for example, it is generally outside the scope of DataCrystal. We seek to collect 'rom hacking' information, not simply gaming information. Please only create pages when there is rom hacking information to be added to them.