Holy smokes! That's a commitment. Unfortunately, the product was subpar at the end of its life. Because it was not a money-maker, production was delegated to new staff who didn't even know what it was used for. I spoke to a couple of engineers who inherited the product and it was obvious that Kodak was continuing low-level production until they were certain there would be no legal issues with discontinuing it - can't really blame them. I hope the batch that Ctien bought was up to standard.
I agree with you. There's lots of ways to skin a cat, but the direct method is always best. The Vericolor method was always unsatisfactory. The interpositive/negative method could be good and provided lots of control, but lacked the richness of Pan Matrix.