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Stefan Andersson
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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#551 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat May 29, 2021 11:50 am

A selection of restored films are streaming online for a short time only -- links and info here:
https://ace-film.eu/projects/season-of-classics/
Includes a 1924 German "Bergfilm", 1920s Czech cinema, "La piel quemada" (Spain, 1966) and more.

Includes info about a new 2K OCN resto of Delvaux´s "The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short" (no online stream; "Two free special screenings at the CINEMATEK to celebrate the cinemas reopening in Belgium! Details TBA."
Plus a restoration of "Maria do Mar" (Portugal, 1930).

Also restored:
"Death of a Horse" (Albania, 1992):
https://ace-film.eu/a-season-of-classic ... f-a-horse/
"She Didn´t Say No" (Ireland/UK 1958):
https://ace-film.eu/a-season-of-classic ... nt-say-no/

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#552 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat May 29, 2021 12:48 pm

On the Home Theater Forum, Kino Lorber Insider speaks comments on a brief bit of restoration done for their new release of The Comedy of Terrors:
"Thanks to the good people at Arrow, we were able to fix the minor edit issue with THE COMEDY OF TERRORS for our upcoming release. And thanks to the fans for bringing this to our attention.
One second was missing. It appeared on the laserdisc from 50:09 - 50:10 min, and should have been inserted into the DVD at 49:18 min. The scene in question takes place during the sequence where Vincent Price and Peter Lorre are attempting to keep a supposedly-dead Basil Rathbone inside his coffin. Price and Lorre finally "succeed" by both sitting on top of the coffin. On the DVD, this scene immediately cuts to one of Price and Lorre suddenly hitting the floor for no apparent reason. This is cut: Rathbone's character is obviously still alive, because he suddenly pushes the coffin lid upward with all his might, and you see Price and Lorre flying up and backwards onto the floor."
Source: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/commun ... 4/page-483

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#553 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat May 29, 2021 1:02 pm

"Blood of the Vampire" (1958) has been released in France by Artus Films, on a region-A-friendly Bluray., with removable French subs. The disc has a few brief bits reinstated, compared to the Dark Sky DVD. Go here and scroll down for details:
https://trailersfromhell.com/blood-of-the-vampire/

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#554 Post by Stefan Andersson » Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:41 am

For the record -- info in French about the 2009 restoration of Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942) in 2K:
https://www.marcel-carne.com/les-films- ... o-pruvost/

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#555 Post by L.A. » Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:26 pm

Silent Sherlock Holmes series of the 1920s gets major restoration project
The on-screen Sherlock Holmes who had the approval of Arthur Conan Doyle himself, Eille Norwood starred in a series of 1920s silent films. Now they’re being fully restored as part of a major BFI project made possible by Iron Mountain Entertainment Services.

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#556 Post by yoloswegmaster » Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:05 pm

Here is a first-look at the 4K restoration of 'Assault on Precinct 13' from Deaf Crocodile. Note that the color grading is not final.

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#557 Post by Rupert Pupkin » Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:57 pm

https://cinedweller.com/2020/10/12/la-f ... ersion-4k/

Valerio Zurlini with Claudia Cardinale and François Perrin is back in French theatres.
According to the web site, there has been a X4 restoration.
No blu-ray is announced in France.

This is my favorite Zurlini movie and Claudia Cardinale is :oops: :oops: :oops: It had a theatrical releases some years ago in France, then was released via mk2 (I think it was mk2) on DVD.
So far, no official blu-ray came out.
That said, I've "found" at amazon.it and bought blu-ray of this movie several years ago; this is not DVD-to HD upscaling but has really some HD details; it looks like a honest "true" HTDV transfer (as if they had access to a HD master of the old mk2 DVD and made a blu-ray with this old source).

Is there any sign of an official blu-ray release of La ragazza con la valigia ? Of course a Criterion release would be brilliant.
They release in Italy a blu-ray of "Seduced and Abandoned" for instance, but the restoration was ruined by some video filtering.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#558 Post by ellipsis7 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:56 am

Claudia Cardinale was here a couple of years back to present her new film & participate in a Public Interview... She said that LA RAGAZZA CON LA VALIGIA was her favourite of all her films... Should the CC consider a Blu Ray release of this new 4K restoration, I'm sure Cardinale could contribute something to the package, an interview or suchlike...

Talking of recent restorations, a new (2019) 4K restoration by L'Immagine Ritrovata @ Cineteca di Bologna & The Film Foundation of Francesco Rosi's CADAVERI ECCELLENTI has just been released on DVD in Italy... It looks good & would well deserve a Blu Ray release... Interestingly the 4K restoration of CADAVERI ECCELLENTI used two first generation reversal elements and the Italian magnetic sound mix, both provided by MGM. Two vintage 35mm prints, preserved by the BFI, were used for the colour grading...

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#559 Post by JakeStewart » Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:57 am

Illustrious Corpses is being released by Kino on blu-ray later this year.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#560 Post by L.A. » Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:12 am

Two new restorations from the Cinematheque of North Macedonia
Both digitally restored, Mirno Leto (A Quiet Summer, 1961) and Frosina (1952) will premiere on 11 and 16 June, respectively, at 20:00 as part of A Season of Classic Films. The films will be presented in special open-air screening events in Skopje and via live stream and they will remain free-to-view online for five days via the Cinematheque’s website.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#561 Post by ellipsis7 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:02 pm

JakeStewart wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:57 am
Illustrious Corpses is being released by Kino on blu-ray later this year.
I see that now. It was posted by Kino Lorber on October 24th, 2020...
Coming Soon!
Brand New 4K Restoration!
Illustrious Corpses (1976) Cadaveri Eccellenti
No update since & no release date yet for the Blu Ray, but we patiently & expectantly wait...

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#562 Post by JakeStewart » Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:17 pm

ellipsis7 wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:02 pm
JakeStewart wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:57 am
Illustrious Corpses is being released by Kino on blu-ray later this year.
I see that now. It was posted by Kino Lorber on October 24th, 2020...
Coming Soon!
Brand New 4K Restoration!
Illustrious Corpses (1976) Cadaveri Eccellenti
No update since & no release date yet for the Blu Ray, but we patiently & expectantly wait...
It’s supposed to be coming out in September.
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.php ... ount=56020

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#563 Post by Stefan Andersson » Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:59 am

Andrea Kalas of Paramount speaks about film restoration in this podcast:
https://www.nitrateville.com/viewforum. ... b2727da8f8

Interesting comment from the thread:
"Much of the Paramount silent library is archived at LOC and locked up via an original donor restriction from the 1970s (or before)."

Podcast list:
https://www.nitrateville.com/viewforum. ... b2727da8f8

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#564 Post by Stefan Andersson » Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:16 pm

Sherlock Holmes films starring Eille Norwood planned for restoration:
https://www.bfi.org.uk/news/silent-sher ... estoration

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#565 Post by L.A. » Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:24 am

Just noticed this; Kino Lorber’s upcoming The Comedy of Terrors (1964) has a minor edit issue fixed. Had no idea about this before.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#566 Post by Stefan Andersson » Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:46 pm

Details about the restored Masque of the Red Death (1964) released by Shout:
https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=904237

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#567 Post by L.A. » Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:55 am

In the A Season of Classic Films series:
FREE SCREENING: Tko pjeva zlo ne misli (One Song a Day Takes a Mischief Away, 1970., 95'), with English subtitles

„One Song a Day Takes a Mischief Away“ directed by Krešo Golik and produced by „Croatia film“ in 1970. is a lively reconstruction of the Zagreb pre-war culture in 1935, and the plot, set in a specific ambience and time, encompasses the daily life of the Šafranek family.

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 Hrvatski državni arhiv, Zagreb, with the support of Creative Europe.
”Film će biti dostupan na YouTube kanalu HDA-a od 18. do 25. lipnja 2021.: https://youtu.be/S6CM15BEKg8” so apparently available to watch from 18th till 25th of June.

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#568 Post by Stefan Andersson » Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:04 pm

Lizzie Borden´s "Working Girls" has been given a "4K restoration by the Criterion Collection and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute."
Source: https://www.ifccenter.com/films/working-girls/

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#569 Post by Calvin » Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:14 pm

Stefan Andersson wrote:Lizzie Borden´s "Working Girls" has been given a "4K restoration by the Criterion Collection and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute."
Source: https://www.ifccenter.com/films/working-girls/
The release has already been announced for a few weeks' time

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#570 Post by Fred Holywell » Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:07 pm

Rupert Pupkin wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:57 pm
https://cinedweller.com/2020/10/12/la-f ... ersion-4k/

Valerio Zurlini with Claudia Cardinale and François Perrin is back in French theatres.
According to the web site, there has been a X4 restoration.
No blu-ray is announced in France.

This is my favorite Zurlini movie and Claudia Cardinale is :oops: :oops: :oops: It had a theatrical releases some years ago in France, then was released via mk2 (I think it was mk2) on DVD.
So far, no official blu-ray came out.
That said, I've "found" at amazon.it and bought blu-ray of this movie several years ago; this is not DVD-to HD upscaling but has really some HD details; it looks like a honest "true" HTDV transfer (as if they had access to a HD master of the old mk2 DVD and made a blu-ray with this old source).

Is there any sign of an official blu-ray release of La ragazza con la valigia ? Of course a Criterion release would be brilliant.
They release in Italy a blu-ray of "Seduced and Abandoned" for instance, but the restoration was ruined by some video filtering.
Thanks, Rupert. Yes, looks like mk2 did release La ragazza con la valigia on a French DVD (as La Fille à la valise). The Euro-American company NoShame released it in the U.S. in 2006 as part of their Valerio Zurlini set, along with the director's Violent Summer, but it's been OOP for years. Would be nice if Criterion picked both of those up.

BTW, the website you linked to gives "Francis (François) Perrin" as Cardinale's co-star, but it's actually Jacques Perrin, the French actor who's worked with a lot of top people both in front of the camera and behind it, as an Oscar-winning producer. He even managed to break up the Godard-Karina marriage (if only temporarily) back in the day.
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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#571 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:00 am

Further re: Zurlini -- La prima notta di quiete has been restored in 4K, original 127 minute version (some sources say 132 minutes), a Cannes Classics 2019 selection. Link to French distributor info:
https://lesfilmsducamelia.com/leprofesseur/
https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/73-e ... ble-couple

Here is a recent review of La ragazza con la valigia in French:
https://www.dvdclassik.com/critique/la- ... se-zurlini
Footnotes say that Claudia Cardinale was dubbed by Adriana Asti, and Jacques Perrin by Massimo Turci. Also, Zurlini was up for directing The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, but after disagreeing with the producers, he let Vittorio de Sica take over.

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#572 Post by Stefan Andersson » 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/

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#573 Post by tenia » Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:37 pm

This trailer is a mixture of theatrical re-releases and new restorations, with a lack of clear visibility about what's what.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#574 Post by Fred Holywell » Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:16 pm

Fred Holywell wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 2:04 pm
A promo for the 4K restoration of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm was popping up on TCM during their just concluded film festival programming. I've uploaded it, if you'd like to take a look.

It seems to be the same one recently shown at the annual Widescreen Weekend Festival in Bradford, UK -- an original MGM pre-release announcement trailer reconstructed from 6-perf Cinerama negatives, as well as a 7-channel magnetic soundtrack.

According to restorer Dave Strohmaier, the film is being remastered in both letterbox and SmileBox formats for eventual Blu-ray and DVD release from the Warner Archive Collection sometime later in 2021.

"Restoration and re-mastering “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" from 3-strip 35mm negatives"
The in70mm YouTube channel has uploaded a SmileBox trailer for the restored The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. Looks really nice. Smileboxed "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" trailer in Cinerama

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#575 Post by DeprongMori » Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:20 pm

Sylvain Chomet’s 2003 The Triplets of Belleville has just received a 4K remaster. Fingers crossed for a good Region A release.
The news was announced by Paris-based producer-distributor Prime Entertainment Group, which cited “growing demand for animated programs and specifically” this feature. Prime has struck distribution deals for the remaster with France, the U.K., Germany, Japan, and Taiwan, but not yet with North America.

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