August 24, 2009 |
Technicolor has been a fixture since the early days of Hollywood. The company brought color to the big screen in such classics as "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz." When its pioneering "three-strip" color process fell out of favor, Technicolor reinvented itself as a successful film processor. The company later became a leading duplicator of VHS tapes and DVDs. Now, after 94 years of serving Hollywood, Technicolor Inc. has planted itself in the heart of Tinseltown, leaving its nondescript headquarters in an industrial neighborhood near Burbank Airport.
May 4, 2012 |
In a move to reduce its debt load, Technicolor said JPMorgan Chase & Co. would acquire as much as a 29% stake in the Paris-based media and entertainment technology company. Technicolor, which has a large digital services and postproduction operation in Hollywood, said the JPMorgan transaction and a related stock offering would reduce the company's debt by as much as 126 million euros (about $165.7 million), slashing annual debt service payments by 10 million euros ($13.2 million)
May 26, 2010 |
When movies began to sing and dance in 1927 with "The Jazz Singer," the studios began to pillage Broadway, vaudeville and the big-band circuit for actors for musical shorts. "The Warner Archive Collection" has compiled 34 of those films that MGM produced between 1928 and 1948 on a toe-tapping, four-disc, eight-hour set. Disc 1 features 12 Metrotone shorts and two-reel specials, including several from 1928 with red-hot orchestra leader Walt Roesner and the Capitolians; the Locust Sisters singing group; Leo Beers, a popular whistler and singer of sexually suggestive songs, and scat singer Fuzzy Knight, who later went on to become a cowboy sidekick in movies and TV. By 1930, MGM was making musical shorts in two-color Technicolor, often venturing into the surreal as with 1930's "Crazy House," seen on Disc 2. It stars Benny Rubin, who discovers most of the doctors and nurses at a sanitarium are crazier than the patients.
June 21, 1987
The idea of draining the hues from a Technicolor film for commercial gain might seem an absurd takeoff on the colorization process (Calendar Letters, June 14). It has, however, happened. In the mid-1950s, the Warner Bros. Technicolor classic "The Adventures of Robin Hood" was reissued to theaters in black-and-white. It was largely these relatively inexpensive prints that found their way to television a short time later. As a result, I, like many people I know, grew up under the impression that the film was shot in black-and-white.
January 28, 1985
Regarding your article on the excavation of the Egyptian set of the 1923 "Ten Commandments" ("Solving Buried Riddle of a Hollywood Sphinx" by Paul Dean, Jan. 20): It was not the first use of Technicolor. The first Technicolor film, "The Gulf Between," was made in 1917, and the second, "Toll of the Sea" (1922) is currently being restored by the UCLA Film Archives. This, incidentally, was a two-color (red-green) process. According to a 1939 speech given to the Society of Motion Picture Engineers by Technicolor co-developer Dr. Herbert T. Kalmus, in order to interest Hollywood in the process they approached various companies with the idea of doing selected sequences and (director Cecil B.)