I’ve not mentioned the upcoming Blu Ray edition of the California Jam as we were trying to find out exactly what the full restoration comprised, without much joy. All the online articles just repeat the press release, and given Edel’s indifferent handling of the audio archive CDs, it might be worth waiting to see what this is like before getting too excited! Generally Blu Ray editions involve people going back to the original negative print and scanning off that, then restoring as necessary. The results can be astonishingly good, delivering a picture image better even than when a film was first projected, and being a bit of a film buff these days am very reluctant to buy DVD at all unless it’s one of those films which may never get the Blu Ray conversion! However there is no negative for the California Jam as it was shot on 2″ video, and this does restrict what is possible. There were certainly issues with the DVD edition, a very jerky panning effect, and damage to the edge of the image at times, so whether all that has been cleaned up we don’t know. This edition includes both the US edit (used for the DVD) and the BBC edit which had different camera angles in places, but what the source material is remains to be seen. Anyway it’s out in December, so check with Santa and his elves.
Blu Ray Jam