Yeah there are alot of lost films that I agree matter infinitely more than The Alamo, that one is just uniquely appalling because it happened in the 90s when they should have known better and was done through stupidity. And then it was not corrected in time because of negligence, which was again different from the negligence in the silent era when people just didn't think about that stuff. There were actually people who tried to do something about it but weren't given access to it.
> Robert A. Harris, perhaps the world’s most distinguished film preservationist wants to get his hands on The Alamo. He has taken on the big dogs like Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus and My Fair Lady and using his latest book of digital magic tricks has used modern technology to make them shine like, well, better than new.
Mr. Harris says that The Alamo is the highest profile studio film in the worst shape. He has preached non-stop to all of consequence that every day spent not restoring The Alamo is another day toward that film’s disintegration for all time. And, for some, he’s been saying it for too long.
So Harris, for longer than he would care to admit, knows the problem and knows how to fix it. And he would be in the laboratory at this very moment strengthening the sparkle in the old Duke’s eyes, but for one thing – the studio who owns the movie, remember them?, refuses to pay for its refurbishing, or allow donations to be made to save the film.