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Watch: Find Out How the Criterion Collection Works Its Restoration Magic

By Ziyad Saadi | Indiewire February 14, 2014 at 3:09PM

With so many movies nowadays bombarding both theaters and VOD platforms, it's not hard for classics from the golden age of cinema to get lost in the shuffle. One particular obstacle these films of yesteryear have to their disadvantage is their dated look that unfortunately fails to compare to the high-definition quality of contemporary cinema. Luckily, however, the Criterion Collection is now restoring countless classic films to provide them with a look that matches the level of their captivating stories.
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The Criterion Collection.

With so many movies nowadays bombarding both theaters and VOD platforms, it isn't hard for classics from the golden age of cinema to get lost in the shuffle. One particular obstacle these films of yesteryear have to their disadvantage is their dated look that unfortunately fails to compare to the high-definition quality of contemporary cinema. Luckily, however, the Criterion Collection is dedicated to restoring countless classic films to provide them with a look that matches the level of their captivating stories, and now gives us a sneak peak into their process.

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Gizmodo has provided a video in which we can see how the Criterion Collection's technical director Lee Kline and his team of editors and restorers perform the remastering on a number of films. From color grading to sound mastering, what occurs throughout the restoration is a long process (each film typically takes from a few weeks to a few months) that brings a brand new perspective on the film that may have gotten lost in time.

The Criterion Collection, which was been restoring and re-releasing classic films for the past thirty years, continues to evolve alongside the technology through which it works its magic.

Check out the video below:

This article is related to: The Criterion Collection, DVDs, Video, Filmmaker Toolkit: Technology







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