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5 Steps To Danger


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Did anybody watch this movie? It was very soft - out of focus. Must TCM show movies that are clearly doctored? It is a disservice to all the subscribers as well as the artists & creative people who made 5 Steps To Danger. TCM - if you want to show a movie remember the true owners of the movie are the people who paid at the box office & the people who created the artwork. Not the present company that has possession of it.

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It certainly wasn't as bad as some of the prints for the Michael Powell films they showed today. The Spy in Black was especially bad. But you cannot justifiably call them doctored. They are prints of prints of prints, which sometimes is all that is available for TCM to get.

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With regards to Michael Powell & British films in general, In America they created bastardized versions by retitling them & creating a new copyright. If TCM were to show a British film, they could show the bastardized version which is most likely cut (not by the film editor) by an unknown person not involved in the creative process. If TCM were to show the bastardized version, they are doing a disservice to subscribers & British artists. If they want to show the original movie, it might involve having a contract with the British rights holder & it would cost money. There are hundreds of bastardized British films here & TCM needs to develop a policy to show only original British films from now on. The time has come to relegate the bastardized versions to the trashheap where they belong.

Example: "The Evil Mind" is a bastardized version of "The Clairvoyant".

"Human Monster" is a bastardized version of "Dark Eyes Of London" etc.

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