Thanks to Michelle Merker, my co-producer of the Forgotten Hollywood documentary, for sending me a link to a Vimeo video spotlighting absolutely fascinating work at the Criterion Collection. They’ve been restoring and re-releasing classic films for the past thirty years.
There are few names that represent a commitment to the distribution of classic cinema like the Criterion Collection. Since the 1980s, they have remastered and released hundreds of movies on Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray. It’s noted that classic movies can easly get lost in the shuffle with regards to the restoration process. One particular obstacle these films have is the dated look that fails to compare to high-definition quality of contemporary cinema. Another issue is finding original prints to work on and remaster.
For example, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 espionage thriller Foreign Correspondent was a challenging assignment. The first step was tracking down the negative, or a print, that’s in decent condition. In this case, that meant going to the Library of Congress, which obtained the original negative of the film. Criterion scanned frame-by-frame at 2K resolution into digital files. Each of digitized reels then made the rounds to each department. Color is graded; dirt and scratches are retouched; audio is fixed. They use a combo of automated software that detects and removes flaws in the image, and manual re-touches for each frame.
The Criterion Collection is dedicated to restoring countless classic films to provide them with a look that matches the level of their captivating stories. For every film Criterion tackles, the end result is a beautifully packaged ode to movies. For a company that has to constantly reinvent its process to accommodate changing technology, they have a firm grasp on this necessary task. The entire process can take from a few weeks to a few months for a single motion picture, based on original condition. The obvious goal of these creative warriors is to pass down our celluloid history for generations to come.
Check out the following link for the story that leads to the striking results:
Advocates like Martin Scorsese and Ted Turner would be quite proud of the whole enterprise!
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