Inside a 260,000-square-foot warehouse just over the Grapevine off Interstate 5, an archivist from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences clambered up a ladder to inspect a stack of dusty 35-millimeter film cans.
"What are some of the titles we're looking for?" he shouted over the din of beeping forklifts and clacking metal.
"'The Wacky Playboy,' 'Two Bits,' 'Twenty Bucks,' 'Scalper,'" replied a colleague, who was scanning a list on a yellow notepad.
The man on the ladder pulled several silver-colored canisters off the shelf and plunked them on a pallet that would later be shrink-wrapped and loaded onto a truck for delivery to the academy's...