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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#801 Post by andyli » Fri Jul 22, 2022 7:52 pm

JakeStewart wrote:
Fri Jul 22, 2022 7:31 pm
À nous la liberté was recently given a 4K restoration and is streaming on the Channel in its restored version.
Not just that. Four René Clair films (Sous les toits de Paris, À nous la liberté, Le million, Les Grandes Manœuvres) have recently received 4k restos and had Japanese blu-ray releases.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#802 Post by tenia » Sat Jul 23, 2022 2:14 am

Les grandes manoeuvres also had a French BD.

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#803 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat Jul 23, 2022 1:03 pm

Capricci Films, France, will re-release in Sept. 2022 these German Douglas Sirk films, restored by F W Murnau-Stiftung:
LA FILLE DES MARAIS (Das Mädchen vom Moorhof) – 1935, restauration 2K
APRIL, APRIL ! – 1935, restauration 2K
LES PILIERS DE LA SOCIÉTÉ (Stützen der Gesellschaft) – 1935, restauration 2K
LA NEUVIÈME SYMPHONIE (Schlußakkord) – 1936, restauration 2K
DU MÊME TITRE (Das Hofkonzert) – 1936, restauration 4K
PARAMATTA, BAGNE DE FEMMES (Zu neuen Ufern) – 1936, restauration 2K
LA HABANERA – 1936, restauration 2K
Source: https://capricci.fr/wordpress/product/r ... glas-sirk/
Also: https://www.cinematheque.fr/cycle/dougl ... 2-969.html

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#804 Post by Calvin » Sat Jul 23, 2022 2:48 pm

Half of them have already been released by Kino

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#805 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:22 pm

afilmcionado wrote:
Wed Jul 20, 2022 3:16 am
The 46th HKIFF just announced six restorations

Obviously, we already knew about the Infernal Affairs trilogy and Boat People that were acquired by Janus. Interestingly, Millennium Mambo and Suzhou River are listed alongside them. I wonder if they’re available/have been snapped up by Janus as well?
Strand still has Suzhou River and recently added a page for the restoration to their website. It could end up with Criterion given that Strand licensed out Chan Is Missing, but I suspect that had something to do with Wayne Wang. Millennium Mambo is to the best of my knowledge without a U.S. distributor (Palm's rights expired a couple of years ago) and Janus is as good a bet as any.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#806 Post by ryannichols7 » Mon Jul 25, 2022 11:01 pm

The Fanciful Norwegian wrote:
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:22 pm
afilmcionado wrote:
Wed Jul 20, 2022 3:16 am
The 46th HKIFF just announced six restorations

Obviously, we already knew about the Infernal Affairs trilogy and Boat People that were acquired by Janus. Interestingly, Millennium Mambo and Suzhou River are listed alongside them. I wonder if they’re available/have been snapped up by Janus as well?
Strand still has Suzhou River and recently added a page for the restoration to their website. It could end up with Criterion given that Strand licensed out Chan Is Missing, but I suspect that had something to do with Wayne Wang. Millennium Mambo is to the best of my knowledge without a U.S. distributor (Palm's rights expired a couple of years ago) and Janus is as good a bet as any.
unfortunately it seems by that page they're doing their own disc releases. I say unfortunately because I'm sure they'll do the thing where they slap that transfer on a $35 Bluray with no special features, not market it, and then complain it didn't sell. this unfortunately seems to be a trend with quite a few Asian releases.

Millennium Mambo I'm basically begging Janus to do. it's a top 10 movie for me probably, and I'd hate to see it get mistreated stateside...and the UK labels have dragged their feet more than usual on these titles

that said, my friend raised a great point, this could lead to Strand doing blurays for their Weerathesakul holdings whenever those new restorations are done. but you're also likely to see Second Run do them

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#807 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Jul 27, 2022 2:08 pm

They're not billed as restorations, but the HKIFF is also hosting DCP screenings of 4 Faces of Eve, Little Cheung, and the original Golden Chicken, none of which have BD releases to the best of my knowledge—in fact 4 Faces of Eve (a relentlessly high-energy comic omnibus starring Sandra Ng, with Chris Doyle amping the Chungking Express/Fallen Angels style to 11) was never even released on DVD.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#808 Post by Computer Raheem » Wed Jul 27, 2022 4:16 pm

The Fanciful Norwegian wrote:
Wed Jul 27, 2022 2:08 pm
They're not billed as restorations, but the HKIFF is also hosting DCP screenings of 4 Faces of Eve, Little Cheung, and the original Golden Chicken, none of which have BD releases to the best of my knowledge—in fact 4 Faces of Eve (a relentlessly high-energy comic omnibus starring Sandra Ng, with Chris Doyle amping the Chungking Express/Fallen Angels style to 11) was never even released on DVD.
Do you know where I can find 4 Faces of Eve online? I'm sold just by the idea of Christopher Doyle somehow going more extreme with his cinematography style than the one-two punch of Chungking Express and Fallen Angels.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#809 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Jul 27, 2022 7:58 pm

You can find it on YouTube if you search for the Chinese title. Ditto Out of the Blue, a 40-minute short with much of the same behind-the-camera personnel (plus Pang Ho-cheung as co-writer) that was bizarrely enough a commission from Coca-Cola. If you've seen First Love: The Litter on the Breeze, you have some idea of what to expect from these.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#810 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:48 pm

Completely missed this, but Victor Nuñez's Ruby in Paradise was fully restored from the original camera rolls and audio tracks. (Elsewhere it's been reported that it now has 7.1 surround sound.) So far it's a digital-only release, but it would be amazing if Criterion put it out - it would be perfect for the moment for a number of reasons. (DVDs currently fetch insane prices.) FWIW, I've only seen reports of an HD master so I have no idea if a 4K master exists.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#811 Post by beamish14 » Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:03 pm

hearthesilence wrote:
Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:48 pm
Completely missed this, but Victor Nuñez's Ruby in Paradise was fully restored from the original camera rolls and audio tracks. (Elsewhere it's been reported that it now has 7.1 surround sound.) So far it's a digital-only release, but it would be amazing if Criterion put it out - it would be perfect for the moment for a number of reasons. (DVDs currently fetch insane prices.) FWIW, I've only seen reports of an HD master so I have no idea if a 4K master exists.

That’s very interesting, as it literally just screened in 35mm at the Hammer

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#812 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:20 pm

beamish14 wrote:
Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:03 pm
hearthesilence wrote:
Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:48 pm
Completely missed this, but Victor Nuñez's Ruby in Paradise was fully restored from the original camera rolls and audio tracks. (Elsewhere it's been reported that it now has 7.1 surround sound.) So far it's a digital-only release, but it would be amazing if Criterion put it out - it would be perfect for the moment for a number of reasons. (DVDs currently fetch insane prices.) FWIW, I've only seen reports of an HD master so I have no idea if a 4K master exists.

That’s very interesting, as it literally just screened in 35mm at the Hammer
I actually noticed that! There's a DCP screening coming up here in NY, so I did a cursory search just to get some more info - turns out it's been screening elsewhere in 35mm.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#813 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:25 am

Totally missed this, but King Vidor's Hallelujah has been restored by the Library of Congress and The Film Foundation with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

It screened in 35mm at Film Forum, and now it's going to screen tonight and tomorrow at Lincoln Center's King Vidor retrospective (presumably the same print since it's advertised as 35mm).

Has this been broadcast yet? Otherwise, I wonder if this is really the only way to see the new restoration for now - given the content, it may not get a Criterion or Milestone reissue (or rather if it did, it might get some blowback). The Warner DVD is back in-print via Warner Archive, but IIRC it has the wrong aspect ratio and crops off the top and bottom, which makes this new restoration even more welcome.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#814 Post by knives » Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:17 pm

Why would it get blow back? If anything it seems a film made for the moment. If it’s in the public domain Kino seems like the most likely avenue of release.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#815 Post by L.A. » Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:23 pm

I remember the old Warner DVD of Hallelujah looking terrible(?). 🤔

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#816 Post by DeprongMori » Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:38 pm

hearthesilence wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:25 am
Totally missed this, but King Vidor's Hallelujah has been restored by the Library of Congress and The Film Foundation with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

It screened in 35mm at Film Forum, and now it's going to screen tonight and tomorrow at Lincoln Center's King Vidor retrospective (presumably the same print since it's advertised as 35mm).

Has this been broadcast yet? Otherwise, I wonder if this is really the only way to see the new restoration for now - given the content, it may not get a Criterion or Milestone reissue (or rather if it did, it might get some blowback). The Warner DVD is back in-print via Warner Archive, but IIRC it has the wrong aspect ratio and crops off the top and bottom, which makes this new restoration even more welcome.
This played on the Criterion Channel within the past year IIRC. Not sure whether it was the new restoration or whether it had the aspect ratio issues you mention as I hadn’t seen the film before. I wouldn’t expect the film to receive any “blowback” if released by Criterion or Milestone, or anyone else for that matter.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#817 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:03 pm

If you click on the Film Foundation link, it touches on why I thought it would be controversial. I agree with Kent Jones (and knives for that matter), I think it's more appropriate to give it a wider release now than ever before, but it seems to have gotten quite a bit of criticism for paternalism, depictions that are now considered stereotypical...people are much more prone now for criticizing films for accurately reflecting the culture of their times regardless of what those films are trying to say, even when it's a progressive or self-interrogating work. Blowback is probably too far, but I can see a physical release getting a less receptive audience for those reasons.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#818 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:48 pm

Great podcast recorded for the restoration's premiere at Film Forum. (Except for the soundtrack work, this was actually a photochemical restoration with no digital work on the picture.)

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#819 Post by L.A. » Sun Aug 07, 2022 1:39 pm

L.A. wrote:
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Native Son (Pierre Chenal, 1951) has been restored and is now uncut.
Beaver.

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Re: Recent Film Restorations

#820 Post by Stefan Andersson » Thu Aug 11, 2022 1:53 pm

Is Paris Burning? (1966) restored in 4K by James Mockoski:
https://www.lepoint.fr/pop-culture/excl ... or=CS2-239
- The OCN has disappeared
- Restoration is based on a shortened copy of the OCN + a third generation negative
-original French and English soundtracks restored

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