Edited by RichardW on 2/21/2016, 12:44 am
I remember one. THE CITY OF THE DEAD (Amicus, 1960) a terrific, and classic British horror film known in the USA as HORROR HOTEL. I used to see it on Creature Features when I was growing up in the NYC area in the 1960s and 1970s. There was a scene where the camera is on the book Christopher Lee holds in his hands. As he slams the book closed the camera abruptly tilts up to his face, and for a half-second a skull is supered over his face. Goes by real quick. We used to get quite a kick out of it when we were kids. In the mid-1980s I had a friend in NYC record the movie off the air on VHS and send it to me. I used to have fun trying to pause the tape on the skull.
When HORROR HOTEL was released on DVD by Elite and by public domain companies, the skull was gone, with barely the hint of an artifact over Lee's face, the duration a matter of frames at 10 minutes and 18-21 seconds, 10:18 - 10:21. Perhaps it was DNR'd, I don't know. Had I known the skull was going to be missing I would not have thrown out my off-air tape. On the restored DVD, released by VCI under the original title THE CITY OF THE DEAD, the skull should appear at 12:09 - 12:13 but it don't. I asked the private collectors at the 35mm Forum if any of them had it, or had remembered seeing it, but my question was never answered. VCI is bringing out the restored THE CITY OF THE DEAD to blu-ray March 29:
Maybe the subliminal image will be there in hi-def, who knows.