Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is pink
by Dave Jennings Thursday, February 14th, 2013 3:24pm
There are good things and bad things about vintage film prints. We have some sad news about our 70mm film presentation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: the print has turned very pink over the years.
We are incredibly excited about our 70mm Film Series this week. Unfortunately, we have some bad news. We were able to only find one single print of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in existence, and it is original from the 1968 release. We began testing prints today and discovered that while the print has very few scratches, it has turned very pink over the years. We have tried to find a replacement print, but this is the only print of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in circulation. Several other cinemas have screened the print over the past year around the country without reporting to the distributor what we feel to be a poor quality print. If we had known the current quality of the print, we would not have booked Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as part of this series. However, what’s done is done.
As you can imagine, this puts us into a bit of a pickle. We pride ourselves on the best of the best in presentation at the Music Box Theatre. We do believe that in the spirit of repertory film programming and the 70mm Film Festival that we should screen the 70mm film print as it is. The only other option would be a Blu-Ray presentation. We cannot condone that as part of this festival. As we will still be running the film on Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 5pm, we will now do so at a reduced price of $3 per ticket. For those who purchased individual tickets in advance to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, your orders are being adjusted and you should see the price change reflected in your credit card statement shortly.
If you are interested in buying tickets at this reduced rate, you can do so here: http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/music-box-theatre-70mm-festival
The clarity of the film and the sound quality are excellent, and it’s still an excellent movie. We feel it will still be an enjoyable film-going experience.
For reference, you can see a picture of the print on this page.
Dave Jennings, General Manager
Doug McLaren, Head Projectionist, Director of Repertory Programming
Buck LePard, Assistant General Manager