Have you seen the Eastman house discs Tom, and thereby answer this speculation?
No, I haven't, but you're probably right. The scratches et al looked conspicuously similar to the old BFI Shepard resto, but I did not do a one to one check.
Much in accord with your words on the beaver. There are currently six or seven different "Movie Camera" versions out there, and no one knows whether they are all from the same print, how they look compared to each other, what the different soundtracks are like etc. Same goes for many other review sites, though. I did not find a single review of "Kino Eye/Songs about Lenin" anywhere (apart from some comments on amazon.com, only dealing with the films themselves). I bought the disc nevertheless, and well.... it's not great at all, but I'm glad to have it. "Kino-Eye" may be the more vital and important film, but I was really blown away with the poetry of "Three Songs". One might argue it's a very crude mix of "Earth" and "Bezhin Meadow" together with some 'glorification' footage that might have come straight out of Leni's "Triumph" or "Day of Freedom", but still: Blatant propaganda, but in a perverse way I enjoyed it very much.
Tom now you've got me dying to watch MAN W/Cam, but I don't have the disc w me
Isn't it incredible that that film is so damn moving even after the umpteenth time? It's probably the single film I watched most often of all I have, but still every single frame continues to amaze me as if I was watching it for the very first time. Nothing against "Citizen Kane", but for me THIS is probably the best film ever made.
Reminder-- don't miss Flicker Alley's PHANTOM. A more gorgeous job of telecine & authoring simply doesn't exist on this earth. An amazing amazing disc.
Ah, Schreck, don't tempt me, I might fall for it (though I swore I would wait for the MoC edition). But it's out of the question at the moment. Having come back yesterday from a few days on the German islands, literally 12 new dvds were waiting at my neighbour's who had dutifully collected them for me during my absence. She asked me whether it was my birthday or something (it wasn't). Some Dreyer, Protazanov, Pasolini, that new French disc of P&P's "49th parallel"... Gee, I had halfway forgotten that I ordered them in the last weeks, and I guess I have to watch them first before getting even more stuff...