A 2020 comparison of two copies of Empire State Express (no. 1), filmed by G. W. Bitzer for W. K. L. Dickson of the American Mutoscope Company, September [20-25], 1896, in Palatine, New York. Shot on the company's unique 68mm film stock.
At left, from the Library of Congress: a digitized copy of the 16mm print (28 feet in length), created by rephotographing one of two 35mm paper print rolls (40 feet) deposited for copyright by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, July 25, 1902.
At right, from Eye Filmmuseum, a digital copy (compressed) of the 68mm film distribution print made ca. 1896. Originally preserved in 35mm, then scanned at 4k. Compressed video taken from a presentation by Paul Spehr at Dartmouth College for the Media Ecology Project.
Diptych first screened January 31, 2020, at the Library of Congress memorial service for Paul Spehr. And subsequently in classroom presentations by Dan Streible, New York University Dept. of Cinema Studies.
The MOV file dimension = 3200 × 1066. Originated as a .Keynote file exported to MOV.