I bought the films. I'm reaching out to two digitization groups to see if either is interested in working with me at a price I'm willing to pay.
On the one hand, I hope that this isn't a regular occurrence. On the other hand, it would be really cool to be responsible for the preservation of a significant number of public domain content.
@ajroach42 This is where your form of "discovery" would come in handy. I know there's someone out there who'd write a blank check to digitize old sci-fi films and shows. Like, shit, lucasarts, you wanna set up a trust, y'know?
But... getting that connection made is almost as costly (in terms of time, if not capital) as just paying to do it...
One group that came highly recommended offered to do it for a piece I can't beat, so that's awesome.
If we're lucky, this will be the best these episodes have ever looked.