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Restoration Comedy – Our Life in Film

April 30, 2010 On www.nomeanerplace.com, I recently wrote about the magnificent restoration of “The African Queen,” just released for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray. As an extra, Paramount commissioned a documentary produced by Nicholas Meyer and directed by Eric Young entitled “Embracing Chaos: The making of ‘The African Queen,’” which documented the events prior to, during, and after the filming of this classic. Seeing this film again, along with the delicious documentary, reminded me of how much a part of my life movies have always occupied.

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A Restoration Fit for a ‘Queen’

April 23, 2010 Was it worth the wait for The African Queen on DVD here in the US, let alone on Blu-ray? Definitely yes. John Huston’s 1951 Technicolor adventure in the Belgian Congo starring an Oscar-winning Humphrey Bogart and a fearless Katharine Hepburn has never looked sharper and more vibrant.

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Warner’s ‘Doctor Zhivago’ Gets Star Blu-ray Treatment

Mar. 31, 2010 The full-scale restoration of Doctor Zhivago wasn’t an easy task for the people over at Warner Bros. Warner Home Video releases 45th anniversary versions of the Russian Revolution romantic epic on DVD ($24.98) and Blu-ray Disc ($35.99) May 4, adding an all-new documentary along with the new transfer. Currently the eighth-highest grossing film of all time (adjusted for inflation),DoctorZhivago was re-released more than once, and while shot in 35 mm,

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Video: Restoring The African Queen

March 17, 2010 An exclusive eight-minute video was posted today at MovieWeb offering a fascinating look at the many challenges faced for the restoration of John Huston’s The African Queen, which will finally come out on Blu-ray next Tuesday. Paramount’s ambition with this restoration program has been to be regarded as one of the industry’s best.

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Hi-Def Hitch ‘North by Northwest’ by Way of Blu-ray

Jan-Feb 2010   Alfred Hitchcock turns Blu this holiday season with Warner Home Video’s 50th Anniversary Edition of North by Northwest, which overcame severe yellow-layer fading, thanks to a $1 million digital restoration by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI).  This landmark Blu-ray release definitely has bluer color, along with overall greater resolution and detail, due to the 8K Northlight scan of the original VistaVision camera negative and 8-perf separation masters, with a 4K capture and 4K completion.  

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Film Grain Now ‘Gone with the Wind’

Dec. 16, 2009 First The Wizard of Oz went Blu in September, and on November 17, Gone with the Wind received its royal high-definition treatment in a “70th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition” boxed set from Warner Home Video. As with Oz, Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) went back to the original three-strip Technicolor camera negatives from 1939 and did an 8K Northlight scan with a 4K capture and 4K completion, then a down-resolution to HD and SD.

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Warner Finally Catches ‘Wind’

Dec. 13, 2009 It’s amusing that Warner Bros., still a major movie production and distribution company almost 90 years after its incorporation, has ended up as the video custodian of the vintage Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film library.

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Two New Prints Showcase Film Restoration

Oct. 30, 2009 This year, AFI FEST features two newly restored prints – Alfred Hitchcock’s well-known and highly regarded NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) and the previously “lost” Australian classic, WAKE IN FRIGHT (1971). These two films reveal the spectrum of purposes film restoration can fulfill. In one case, a canonical film continues to be updated as film technology advances, ensuring that the film will remain accessible to future audiences.

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Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Takes You Back to Oz in a New Way

Sep. 14, 2009 A few weeks ago, Warner Bros. invited us to visit and listen about the restoration process used for the 70th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. Yes, those red shoes have been clicking their way to Kansas for 70 years. Warner Bros. is celebrating 70 years in a big way with events in Elf Island, a charity event that would drive Carrie Bradshaw crazy and the 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

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SoundtrackNet Gets a Sneak Peek at the Restoration Efforts for The Wizard of Oz Coming on Blu-ray

Sep. 11, 2009 Last month, SoundtrackNet took part in an exclusive sneak-peek at the amazing restoration efforts that Warner Brothers Home Video did for the new 70th Anniversary celebration of the timeless classic film, The Wizard of Oz. Held on the Warner Brothers lot at the Motion Picture Imaging building (MPI), the special presentation included introductions from Warner Home Video Senior VP George Feltenstein and VP Kris Brown,

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