|A Bundle of Blues (1933) [all images courtesy of Cohen Film Collection]|
In that regard, probably the best gift one could give to the members of Ellingtonia all around the world is the restoration and re-release of three Duke Ellington films, undertaken by Cohen Film Collection in the US whose new prints look like a Rembrandt picture being cleaned and removed from elements of dust and dirt by National Gallery. Now, you can see Black and Tan Fantasy, Symphony in Black and Bundle of Blues in very good to excellent qualities.
The digital restoration of the films was carried out by Cohen Film Collection at Modern Videofilm in Los Angeles, California. Originally produced by Paramount Pictures, U.M.&M. TV Corporation acquired the rights in 1954-55 along with approximately 1,600 other shorts from Paramount catalogue. The company removed the Paramount logo card from the original 35mm nitrate negatives and replaced them with the U.M.&M. TV title card. The original opening title card is not known to exist. [pic below]
These restorations are presented as bonus features to Blu-Ray/DVD release of Syncopation (William Dieterle, 1942), a rather interesting jazz film starring (aside from its main Hollywood actors Adolphe Menjou and Jackie Cooper) Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Charlie Barnet, Joe Venuti, and Rex Stewart.
|Black and Tan Fantasy|
|Billie Holiday in Symphony in Black|
|Symphony in Black|