8 thoughts on “First 2k Image

  1. The robust of Margaret’s hair, so crucial to the story. Her violet eyes. The power of her gaze. What a lovely woman she really is. Notice that we can see every detail and subtle shading of the color pattern of her dress: the pastel greens, blues and violets. Even the dun gray wall now seems “right” background for her coloring. There is a touch of artistry in this image. The craftsmanlike cinematographer had a good eye for lighting in some shots, especially close-ups.

    It’s an audacious shot. We are Torgo and Margaret is confronting us. There is MUCH unspoken between us, and Margaret is flushed with a sense of power.

    This is a potent moment even in the ugly, gummy, faded and discolored prints we’re used to seeing.

    MANOS is going to become, in a way, an entirely new film by this transformation. Print quality can affect ANY film. Maybe it’s not such an altogether “bad” movie after all.

    I can’t help wondering… with a little judicious editing and restructuring, and a new soundtrack, in service of Hal’s personal, half-realized vision, might there not be a tiny gem in the rough?

    I respect this movie’s unique weirdness over its “badness”. There are infinitely worse films, and as a donor I wish this project all the best.

  2. Like Ed Wood, reach exceeded grasp. Very clear Hal Warren wanted to make something affecting and artistic, but just couldn’t pull it off with the twin handicaps of lack of experience and microscopically low budget. Ah well, this restoration will get back some of things that in the final product were lost, or never found.

  3. wow! i’ve never thought that I would be able to see this in HD. I really like this movie, it’s so bad that makes it good xD really thank you for doing this, i’m sure that now the people will be able to see that the movie is not bad as everybody say, unless i hope so…

    sorry for the bad english, I’m from Brazil,and I’m still learning English

  4. The odd thing is that despite the simple camera and I assume the general lack of experience on the part of the cinematographer, the colours are vivid – knocks the MST3K presentation into the weeds. And, yes, they had teal and orange in the 1960s!

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