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Recent Film Restorations

#1 Post by Cinephrenic » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:57 pm

I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread for current film restoration news. I didn't find a thread dedicated on the subject. Please post news or links for current or ongoing restoration work on films here.

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#2 Post by beamish13 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:00 pm

Great thread idea.

One of the most significant recent restorations has been new company Cinelicious' (which is affiliated with L.A. nonprofit theatre The Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre) work on Yamamoto Eichi's 1973 anime BELLADONNA OF SADNESS. This has been a truly Herculean effort to bring it back to its full-length glory, as the original negative was truncated, and the restoration team had to find a 35mm print in Europe to fill in the gaps.

They have future projects on the docket, including Robert Downey, Sr.'s GREASER'S PALACE (Robert Downey, Jr. and Paul Thomas Anderson are on the Cinefamily's board of directors, and they've been spearheading this)

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#3 Post by movielocke » Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:02 pm

A couple years ago at wexner, Kim said she had to review a new 4k restoration of bicycle thieves.

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#4 Post by MichaelB » Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:28 pm

Following on from The Firemen's Ball, Closely Observed Trains and All My Good Countrymen, the Czech Film Foundation seem to be working their way through the famous 1998 local critics' poll and are currently preparing:

Christian (Kristián, Martin Frič, 1939)
Distant Journey (Daleká cesta, Alfréd Radok, 1949)
Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci, Jan Němec, 1964)
Lemonade Joe (Limonádový Joe, Oldřich Lipský, 1964)
Intimate Lighting (Intimní osvětlení, Ivan Passer, 1965)
The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze, Ján Kadár/Elmar Klos, 1965)
Coach to Vienna (Kočár do Vídně, Karel Kachyňa, 1966)
Daisies (Sedmikrásky , Věra Chytilová, 1966)
The Cremator (Spalovač mrtvol, Juraj Herz, 1968)
The Ear (Ucho, Karel Kachyňa, 1970)
Cutting It Short (Postřižiny, Jiří Menzel, 1981)
Stone Bridge (Kamenný most Tomáš Vorel, 1996)
plus Karel Zeman's first three features

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#5 Post by movielocke » Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:47 pm

Heaven can wait, the lubitsch film, was recently restored. My man Godfrey also has a new restoration.

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#6 Post by Roger Ryan » Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:49 pm

TCM has recently announced it will be premiering a new restoration of the Marx Brothers' Horse Feathers during its 2016 Classic Film Festival. No idea how much of the heavily censored Thelma Todd boudoir scene will be recovered, but I'm hoping for a significant improvement as it's my favorite Marx film.

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#7 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:53 pm

Last week I saw a 4K restoration of Johnny Guitar. It looked beautiful. Wonder who is going to release the blu Ray.

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#8 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:40 pm

A very good thread!

Borowczyk´s Story of Sin restored:
http://www.nfk-distribution.org/index.p ... =34&idf=53" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - scroll down for e-mail address to a sales outfit (?)

Older Polish films screened at the 2015 Gdynia Film Festival - must be some restos among them:

http://www.festiwalgdynia.pl/en/program ... ssics.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.festiwalgdynia.pl/en/program ... nings.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Early Has:
http://www.festiwalgdynia.pl/en/program ... loved.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Pre-war:
http://www.festiwalgdynia.pl/en/program ... sures.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Archive:
http://www.festiwalgdynia.pl/en/wirtualny_festiwal/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Wajda´s Popioly restored including what seems to be all or most of the censor cuts:
http://www.digitalvision.se/fixafilm-re ... the-ashes/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.fixafilm.pl/en/project/51/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
https://www.arri.com/news/news/risen-from-the-ashes/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.zebrafilm.pl/filmy/65-popioly" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.portalfilmowy.pl/wydarzenia, ... -obok.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://bluedvd.pl/popioly-booklet-blu-ray.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Various Polish films:
http://www.restoration.fixafilm.pl/en/portfolio/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Pagnol´s Marseilles trilogy:
http://www.dvdclassik.com/forum/viewtop ... &start=195" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.cinematheque.fr/video/656.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Restos shown at the 2015 Cannes festival:
http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/Canne ... s2015.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - click on a title, sometimes there is a press kit
Duvivier´s Panique has been announced for a French DVD/Blu release, no English subs

The French National Film Centre has an ongoing multi-year film resto program. It regularly gives financial support to restorations of individual films:
http://www.cnc.fr/web/fr/resultats-du-groupe-experts" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
A great source of info for French restos
-click on "résultats 2015" (and earlier) for recent restoration decisions. Text is in French but individual films are quite easy to identify.
-"Liste globale des longs métrages aidés" = General list of features given financial support

The Cinematheque Francaise has a new Gance/Napoleon resto underway:
http://www.cinematheque.fr/article/661.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.cinematheque.fr/article/662.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/3 ... try4227268" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Check posts 4864/5/6/, including original press release and video of before/after comparisons
http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.p ... 06#p147116" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The 2015 Giornate del Cinema Muto Festival - silent film festival in Italy:
http://www.cinetecadelfriuli.org/gcm/al ... _pre_w.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Incl. Les Misérables (1925), Ramona

http://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en ... taurati-5/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.immagineritrovata.it/it/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Les Misérables (1925):
http://www.dvdclassik.com/critique/les- ... s-fescourt" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Scorsese reports restorations underway of Whale´s The Road Back and Lubitsch´s Rosita:
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ilustrada/ ... sese.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Pathé, France, tweeted in August 2015 about restoring La Belle Équipe. The original, pessimistic ending, has been found.
http://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en ... -equipe-2/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Report on recently shown ongoing restos of unfinished Orson Welles films:
http://www.wellesnet.com/4-nights-of-un ... t-at-moma/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.wellesnet.com/dark-voyages-t ... dead-calm/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.wellesnet.com/stefan-droessl ... on-welles/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Each issue of Film Comment Magazine has a Restoration Row column listing recent resto projects. Not available online. From recent listings I remember To Sleep wth Anger and City of the Dead (1960):
http://www.filmcomment.com/issue/novemb ... mber-2015/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Cohen Media Group regularly releases remastered films on Bluray. Seems a good idea to include those here:
http://www.cohenfilmcollection.net/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... JZqY7E7lsO" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Taviani Collection, upcoming on Blu - Padre padrone, Night of Shooting Stars, Kaos - trailer:
http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17274" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sandrine Veysset´s wonderful Will it Snow for Christmas? restored -- upcoming on Blu from Carlotta (French HOH subs only):
http://www.carlottavod.com/fiche/y-aura ... uct_bluray" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Feyder´s Visages d´Enfants:
http://www.silentfilm.org/archive/the-m ... ves-cinema" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It´s been released on DVD in the US earlier. This is a new scan of the original negative, plus parts of a 1993 resto.

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#9 Post by Stefan Andersson » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:43 am

Pyaasa

Before/after restoration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEpJKG3dKJs" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Info:
http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/08/27 ... 46790.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/g ... 582498.ece" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/9hSGEgC ... yaasa.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://indianexpress.com/article/entert ... in-venice/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - says Ultra Media owns all Guru Dutt negative rights

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#10 Post by Lowry_Sam » Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:06 pm

Stefan Andersson wrote:A very good thread!

Wajda´s Popioly restored including what seems to be all or most of the censor cuts:
http://www.digitalvision.se/fixafilm-re ... the-ashes/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.fixafilm.pl/en/project/51/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
https://www.arri.com/news/news/risen-from-the-ashes/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.zebrafilm.pl/filmy/65-popioly" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.portalfilmowy.pl/wydarzenia, ... -obok.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://bluedvd.pl/popioly-booklet-blu-ray.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
This is my most eagerly anticipated restoration since Marketa Lazarova. I hope somebody gives this a proper blu-ray release.

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#11 Post by rohmerin » Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:25 pm

WTF with Sony and their's best Borzage??? the uncut Man's castle? That's U R G E NT

No idea about my country, with all the money politicians had stolen, I think there's no plans about any restoration.
Let's not talk about the awful VHS looking prints of Mexican and Argentinian films. Scorsese should pick up some :-"

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#13 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:26 pm

In-depth facts about Lang´s Destiny restored:

http://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/press ... 29460.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

scroll down for link to pdf file

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#14 Post by beamish13 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:47 pm

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has been diligently preserving and restoring all of Penelope Spheeris' works, including
her UCLA student films and independently produced short works, including UNCLE TOM'S FAIRY TALES (which isn't screening due to disputes with star
Richard Pryor's estate).

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#15 Post by Stefan Andersson » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:40 pm

More details on Popioly:
http://www.digitalvision.se/fixafilm-re ... the-ashes/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Apu trilogy:
http://www.digitalvision.se/the-criteri ... yajit-ray/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#16 Post by ianungstad » Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:23 pm

Sony is debuting a new restoration of John Sayles' City of Hope in a few weeks at Sundance. I don't think this title even made it to dvd anywhere in the world....I could see Criterion releasing the resto.

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#17 Post by djproject » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:37 am

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/25/movie ... pathy.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#18 Post by JAP » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:31 am

The FIAF site seems to be a good resource for ongoing and upcoming restoration projects around the world, especially the FIAF Bullentin Online also available on Calaméo.

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#19 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:04 pm

A Better Tomorrow, upcoming resto from the O-neg - also: upcoming restos of Two Stage Sisters (1964) and Bruce Lee films:
http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/kaiju-s ... ain-sight/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
(page temporarily down just now)

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#20 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:10 pm

JAP wrote:The FIAF site seems to be a good resource for ongoing and upcoming restoration projects around the world, especially the FIAF Bullentin Online also available on Calaméo.
In-depth articles about film restos available in the Journal of Film Preservation - read table of contents/issue here:
http://www.fiafnet.org/pages/Publicatio ... opjkiemb30" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The journal is sparsely published, and was formerly made available online quite a long time after physical publication. Now it seems the only alternatives are subscribing or buying single issues. Well worth trawling through contents of all issues, to find stories about Mario Bonnard´s I Promessi Sposi, Lang´s Niebelungen, Hitchcock silents, and lots more.

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#22 Post by Trees » Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:12 pm

Does anyone have any information about the Kiev-based restoration of Parajanov's "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" and whether it might be released on home video on blu-ray?

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#23 Post by Stefan Andersson » Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:47 pm

Berlinale Classics 2016:
http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/be ... ntID=42422" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Whale, Carow, Hsiao-hsien, Ozu, Lang..

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#24 Post by Stefan Andersson » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:05 pm

Apu trilogy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5zib042hEs" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#25 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:01 pm

Toute la Mémoire du Monde festival of restored films, Cinemathéque Francaise, Feb. 6:
http://www.cinematheque.fr/cycle/toute-" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... e-268.html

La Belle Équipe w/ original ending - Fists in the Pocket - City of the Dead - Phantom Carriage, 2015 resto - more Stiller and Sjöström - Great Day in the Morning - more

Not all new restos, but an interesting rundown of what´s been done the last few years.

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