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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#576 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:38 pm

Stefan Andersson wrote:
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:08 pm
Studio Canal 2021 trailer for upcoming restorations:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VpuP_QX3LU
Includes "Paris Frills" (=Falbalas?), The Graduate, The Elephant Man, The Ladykillers, Flash Gordon, Basic Instinct, The Great Flamarion (Mann) and more.

Details about the Basic Instinct resto:
"The first step was to scan the 35MM image negative of the film in 4K DPX LOG 16 bits on Scanity – but the restoration team at Hiventy Laboratory in Joinville-le-Pont noticed a problem with the negative. STUDIOCANAL project manager, Sophie Boyer, explains – “we quickly realized that the negatives corresponded to the short version of the film. In addition, some shots from the most erotic scenes were censored in the United States. We went looking for these cuts: their negatives had disappeared, but we found them in the internegative. Thanks to this, we were able to restore the full length version of the film, the only version that Paul Verhoeven wanted to have restored.”

All damages on the negatives were identified: stains, scratches, dusty shots and instabilities. DIAMANT film software was used to remove these defects. The laboratory undertook over 100 hours of manual removal of the dark stains. Light filtering was applied to remove the superficial defects, with particular care taken to retain the grain and the texture of the original image. The film was colour graded for theatrical, home entertainment and 4K HDR release using previous digital releases and 35MM prints as a reference. The colour-grading required a painstaking homogenization between the different versions (the director’s cut vs. censored versions). The sound was similarly restored – the dynamic of the mixes was improved and the sync checked throughout, with corrections made using Protools plug-ins for a 5.1 + 2.0 version, from sources 3324."

Source: https://www.studiocanal.com/news/studio ... -instinct/
If this is what was used on the new UHD, it does look like a massive upgrade. The old BD's did have visible problems, but by any standard the UHD seems to be a properly done transfer. Surprised that the OCN for the scenes censored in the U.S. could disappear when the uncensored cut was commercially issued, and not long after the fact.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#577 Post by tenia » Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:39 am

The new restoration easily beats the older quite bad BD but the grading is bonkers and a non negligible chunk of the movie is heavily grain managed.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#578 Post by senseabove » Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:07 am

For my own edification, do any of the caps-a-cholic screencaps demonstrate bonkers grading or excessive grain management in notable ways?

The grading definitely leans yellow, but it's not Ritrovata piss—the sky is recognizably blue (on my uncalibrated laptop), and the old BD looks more than a little too blue in comparison, to my unprofessional eyes, such that the whites are often blown out and the yellow push at least looks less unnatural, however unnatural it may still be in some scenes.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#579 Post by tenia » Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:54 am

It's not yellow'd but visibly tealed, especially during outside scenes but not only. The interior scenes on the other hand are often excessively dull and milky.
The caps in caps-a-holic are mostly NOT showing the grain management, but the related thread on blu-ray.com have multiple caps showing it. I also posted on Twitter caps for this and non-management caps showing how intense and visible the difference is : https://twitter.com/Testsbluraycom/stat ... 81248?s=19

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#580 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:23 am

I was going only by the caps-a-holic caps, but I see it in those caps you've tweeted - I recall the film being mostly a brownish-amber (not sure how to describe it, but I can recognize it), so having brilliant teal popping out of a window feels new. I could be wrong, it's been a long time since I've seen the film and I don't think I've ever seen it projected.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#581 Post by tenia » Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:27 am

I don't either, it's just that I've never seen older movies in theaters having this kind of grading, so while it's obviously hard to pinpoint what's what precisely, I tend to associate this kind of grading with something purely digital and new, so nothing related to a 1992 movie shot on film.

The quite smooth aspect of many shots however clearly is digital, not a single doubt about that.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#582 Post by L.A. » Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:46 am

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➔ Fishermen and Fishing, by Leon Loissios along with Social Decay, by Stelios Tatassopoulos
➔ 28 June - 7 July, for FREE at online.tainiothiki.gr

From Monday 28th June until Wednesday 7th July, the Greek Film Archive will present online a restored copy of the unknown masterpiece Fishermen and Fishing, by Leon Loissios, produced in 1961 (22’), narrated by the acclaimed director Stavros Tornes and edited by Roviros Manthoulis. There will be also screened the classic silent film Social Decay (1932, 50’) by Stelios Tatassopoulos with French subtitles.

The screening of both films is on the 27th of June, at the LAIS Open-Air Cinema (21:15) and following this physical screening, from the 28th of June till 7th of July the films will be available for free, at the Film Archive’s digital cinema-theatre online.tainiothiki.gr.

The event was made possible thanks to the 'A Season of Classic Films’ programme, an initiative by ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes), with the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme.
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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#583 Post by L.A. » Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:05 am

FREE SCREENING: Ukřižovaná (The Crucified, 1921, 61'), with English subtitles.

Boris Orlický, a director of Russian origin, took on the film script based on the novel of the same name by Jakub Arbes for the AB company. The story, which takes place during the 1866 riots in Poland during which peasants crucified a Jewish woman, is characterized by a number of dramatic scenes. The power of these scenes was further amplified by period color tinting, which was also reconstructed for the new acetate print. The acting performance of Přemysl Pražský in the role of the lovesick Father Xaver Schneider, who meets the son of his former beloved several times at key moments of the film, is particularly notable. The cast also includes Russian actors Nataša Cyganková and Alexandr Šuvalov as well as Karel Lamač, who stars in the double role of officer Karel and his son, the student Jan, who is looking for his lost mother.

Dizzcock & False Trance will perform live for the film. The Prague producer Dizzcock has been active on the music scene as a solo artist since 2014, when he released an EP called A.L. His music draws on the sound of contemporary progressive black dance music and also takes inspiration from the legacy of the British post-grime scene and in its slower passages from a blind offshoot of early dubstep. Dizzcock’s sound repertoire is complemented by trance and a melancholic instrumental trap sound influenced by the American beatmaker Suicideyear. The Prague producer also often dips into the current American rap mainstream with his use of vocal samples. False Trance is the solo electronic project of Ondřej Parus (of Ruin, Lightning Glove, and Sister / Body). His music is composed of repeating elements of neurotic volatility and is characterized by a dense, hypnotic sound, in which what is not playing is as important as what can be heard.

A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) to raise awareness of the work of national and regional film archives, connecting the public with cinema history and the preservation of film heritage. Twenty-two European film institutions are taking part this year offering free access to films from their precious collections. This screening is organised by the Národní filmový archiv, Prague. With the support of Creative Europe.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#584 Post by Stefan Andersson » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:00 am

F W Murnau-Stiftung announces digital remasters of seven Helmut Käutner films from 1939-1942 plus a 1959 title, two Zarah Leander titles (Die grosse Liebe, Damals), Hotell Sacher starring Sybille Schmitz and more:
http://www.murnau-stiftung.de/news/erst ... tere-filme

Damals is out on DVD June 25, 2021:
http://www.murnau-stiftung.de/news/neue ... l-pictures

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#585 Post by Calvin » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:18 am

I've been hoping that Kino had got Under the Bridge, considering they've released a couple of Kautners, but it doesn't seem like it's forthcoming...

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#586 Post by L.A. » Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:42 pm

Thanks to Eye Filmmuseum restored Indonesian classic Tjoet nja’ Dhien / A Woman of Courage (1988) available to watch free of charge.
Tjoet nja’ Dhien by director Eros Djarot is an epic anti-colonial film about the Aceh war, the long and bloody struggle against the colonial Dutch rule in the sultanate of Aceh in Indonesia.
Trying to watch it on Eye Player but ”Unfortunately this films is not available in your country or region.” :cry:

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#587 Post by Cremildo » Tue Jun 22, 2021 2:29 pm

I posted this on the Glauber Rocha thread earlier, but this is the more appropriate place. Black God, White Devil has been restored in 4K by Cinecolor Digital. No word yet on screenings or a disc release.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#588 Post by DeprongMori » Tue Jun 22, 2021 4:34 pm

L.A. wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:42 pm
Thanks to Eye Filmmuseum restored Indonesian classic Tjoet nja’ Dhien / A Woman of Courage (1988) available to watch free of charge.
Tjoet nja’ Dhien by director Eros Djarot is an epic anti-colonial film about the Aceh war, the long and bloody struggle against the colonial Dutch rule in the sultanate of Aceh in Indonesia.
Trying to watch it on Eye Player but ”Unfortunately this films is not available in your country or region.” :cry:
It works fine with a VPN to Netherlands.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#589 Post by yoloswegmaster » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:16 pm

No idea if this was mentioned previously but 'Raging Bull' has received a 4K restoration and was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival this past Sunday.

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#590 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Jun 23, 2021 12:05 pm

A 4K restoration of Stanley Kwan's Rouge recently played at the Hong Kong and Shanghai International Film Festivals. Shanghai also screened Bu Wancang's 1931 Ruan Lingyu vehicle The Peach Girl, but I haven't been able to confirm whether this was a new restoration. I suspected it was because AFAICT the movie hasn't previously had a digital restoration (the last restoration was on 35mm and premiered at the 2000 SIFF), but the movie apparently played a relatively small venue and lacked any accompanying score, which doesn't seem like the sort of treatment SIFF would give to a brand-new restoration.

Also, the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute's recent 2K restoration of Li Hsing's Execution in Autumn (1972) will be available for streaming (more or less) worldwide as part of next month's Udine Far East Film Festival.

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#591 Post by Ribs » Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:02 pm


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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#592 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:20 pm

yoloswegmaster wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:16 pm
No idea if this was mentioned previously but 'Raging Bull' has received a 4K restoration and was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival this past Sunday.
I wonder how much of an improvement that would be. I saw it projected in 35mm not long before the pandemic, and again on BD afterwards, and I was surprised how "gritty" the PQ looked. Most likely that's inherent in the film, and given that it's Scorsese I would think that he's kept the OCN well-preserved, but who knows, maybe the upgrade will surprise us.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#593 Post by diamonds » Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:05 pm

Ribs wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:02 pm
2021 Cannes Classics program
The intro specifies "two wonders from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger," but I Know Where I'm Going! is the only film of theirs listed. Am I misunderstanding it? Or was there another film restored?

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#594 Post by WmS » Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:16 pm

Very glad to see Abuladze's Repentance got a restoration. I've seen it once, on VHS in the basement of a library a billion years ago, and parts of it seared in my brain for good.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#595 Post by L.A. » Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:09 pm

Až přijde kocour (Un jour, un chat / The Cassandra Cat) by Vojtech Jasný
(1963, 1h45, Czech Republic)
Presented by the Národní filmový archiv, Prague. 4K digital restoration based on the intermediate positive was done by L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna, 2021. The donors of this project were Mrs. Milada Kučerová and Mr. Eduard Kučera. Restored in partnership with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. French distribution: Malavida Films.
Oh yeah! 😸

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#596 Post by ellipsis7 » Sat Jun 26, 2021 7:01 am

Interesting...
Il cammino della speranza (Le Chemin de l’espérance / The Path of Hope) de Pietro Germi
(1950, 1h45, Italy)
Presented by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale. Restored by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Cineteca Nazionale from the original 35mm negative made available by
CristaldiFilm, completed by a dupe of the Cineteca Nazionale and optical sound of a positive by the Cineteca Nazionale.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#597 Post by Fred Holywell » Mon Jun 28, 2021 6:37 pm

The in70mm YouTube channel has posted two versions of a Cinerama trailer for Samuel Bronston's Circus World -- one in Smilebox and the other letterboxed. They say it's been re-created from a recent digital restoration done at Pinewood Studios.

"Circus World" Super Technirama 70 in Smilebox

"Circus World" Super Technirama 70 trailer

EDIT:

The links I previously left are dead now and have been replaced with links for reuploads the channel just made. The uploader has relabeled the trailers as Technirama 70, rather than Cinerama. As I understand it, Circus World was shot in Technirama (as were four of Bronston's previous films), but was roadshow released in Cinerama. Technicolor made Cinerama compatible 70mm prints for the big theaters that could show them, while the film's general release was in 35mm (likely Cinemascope compatible) Technirama.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#598 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Jun 30, 2021 5:56 am

"A Man Called Adam" (1966) restored in 4K (Studio Canal blu forthcoming):
https://www.watershed.co.uk/news/cinema ... save-dates

News about 64 films to be restored due to grants from the National Film Preservation Foundation:
https://www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2 ... 021-grants

Films include "The Oath of the Sword (1914), a silent drama by the Japanese American Film Company, featuring an all-Japanese leading cast, is likely the earliest Asian American production.", plus documentaries and experimental cinema: "Yale University will preserve the first film made by a female undergraduate there: End of the Art World (1971), a documentary by Alexis Krasilovsky featuring Andy Warhol, Michael Snow, and Robert Rauschenberg. The Innerview (1972), a dreamlike psychedelic feature directed by and starring Richard Beymer, will be preserved by Northeast Historic Film."

La fille a la valise (Zurlini, restored), recently re-released in French cinemas:
https://lesfilmsducamelia.com/la-fille-a-la-valise/

Three Alain Tanner films, restored, cinema re-release in France June, 2021:
https://lesfilmsducamelia.com/alain-tan ... ospective/

Camerini´s Via Margutta, restored, re-release in French cinemas in September, 2021:
https://lesfilmsducamelia.com/via-margutta/

A Bigger Splash, plus five Roberto Gavaldon films, all restored, cinema re-release in France October, 2021:
https://lesfilmsducamelia.com/a-bigger-splash/
https://lesfilmsducamelia.com/roberto-g ... ospective/

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#600 Post by yoloswegmaster » Thu Jul 01, 2021 2:41 pm

The Film Heritage Foundation will be hosting India's first 8K digitization project, starting with the restorations of 26 films from Mani Ratnam.

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