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Well-preserved

June 23, 1996

In Bill Desowitz's article about the restoration of "Vertigo" (Film Clips, June 16), Robert Harris and James Katz say that "North by Northwest" and the 1959 version of "Ben-Hur" are in need of restoration.

Both of these pictures were produced by MGM and are now owned by Turner Entertainment Co. Unlike some of the other pictures Harris and Katz have restored, the negatives and sound masters of these pictures have been carefully inventoried and stored since their inception.

Harris and Katz have done wonderful work on a number of pictures, but proper preservation reduces the need for restoration, and we are currently able to make first-class prints of these pictures.

RICHARD P. MAY

Vice President, Film

Preservation and Distribution

Services, Turner Entertainment

Los Angeles

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