BFI Transgression "Where Evil Dwells"

From: Bill Seery (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 09 2009 - 22:39:39 PDT

Was watching a copy of the BFI's PAL VHS "A HISTORY OF THE AVANT-
GARDE: CINEMA OF TRANSGRESSION" on a multi-standard deck today.
Everything looked good (relatively speaking) until I came to "Where
Evil Dwells" The image was panning cyclically up and down (not
rolling). I had it in underscan, was going through scopes and it did
not look like a signal problem. I output directly in PAL, converted
it to NTSC, even tried SECAM, no difference. Tried several different
decks, same thing.

I worked on the restoration of it so I know that it shouldn't do
that. It was followed by "Cornella" by Kembra Pfahler which did the
same thing. The rest of the tape seemed fine.

If anyone out there has this tape, especially in a PAL country, could
you take a moment and see if your copy does the same? You'll notice
it immediately in the title sequence of "Evil" or any other scene
that runs for a few seconds without edits. Can't believe the BFI
would release something that way, so I'm trying to figure out if it's
on my end and what would cause it. I could understand if it were the
entire tape, but not 2 independent sections.


Bill Seery
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