The answer is a resounding yes! There are many copies of this film out there. Most of the better ones have never been seen in public. The location of the original copy is not known, but I suspect that wherever it is, it is in pristine condition. This plethora of copies that are circulating around are mostly amateurishly made, and even at that, are copies of other copies until the resolution is nearly gone. Not only that, but some have taken the liberty to crop the copies until there is hardly any usable information in them. Here are some examples. In the frame below, the field of view is considerable. This was taken from one copy, that came from a Bigfooter in Canada whom most have assumed had the very best from the film.
Now here is another “full frame” in other words this was what was shown on the projector screen with none of the image on the sides or bottom or top lost. It is from the same source. Clearly this has been cropped. But what kind of “professional” would crop away HALF of the film’s subject matter? Click on the image to enlarge
Here’s another frame, again…from the same source. Click on the image to enlarge.
Here’s the cropped image from the same source. Click on the image to enlarge.
And last but not least…click on the image to enlarge.
…and here is the crop. Click on the image to enlarge.
My point is that because it comes from a certain source in Canada, is this source beyond question?. If he tells you that he has provided the best there is…how do you know that this is true? I’ll give you an example…in 1968 he released this photo in a book that he had written. Click on the image to enlarge.
When you read the caption from the photo above…notice the disclaimer…”as released to the newspapers”. At the same time that this photo was being published, this same person had in his possession an image of the quality as the frame below…yet…did NOT release it. Thankfully this man does not possess everything of quality, or we would know NOTHING of any significance about the film. The image below was graciously provided by Patricia Patterson, the widow of Roger Patterson. It is of superb quality, and is a sample of what could have been. Click on the image to enlarge.
The fact is…that there is NO certification of the film as to whether it’s a degenerated copy or whether it’s the best there is or what. The fact that the above image exists simply means that what we have been told about the film and what it contains is simply UNTRUE. The film’s handlers as of late, have not explained the quality of the above frame other than to say that I have altered it in some way. …again… this is UNTRUE.
Here are some links to short clips in slow motion that demonstrate the cropped nature of some of the copies. Here is the wide field clip. Click on the image to run the video.
Here is the severely cropped clip. Click on the image to run the video.