Short Documentary Looks at Criterion Collection's Restoration Process

February 14, 2014
Source: Gizmodo

The Criterion Collection

Plenty of cinephiles love what the folks at The Criterion Collection do with films that deserve meticulously crafted special edition releases on Blu-Ray and DVD. But they may not know the hard work that goes into restoring films from decades past with negatives that may not be in the best condition for a high-definition transfer. Well, a nerdy little documentary short from Gizmodo (via The Playlist) takes the time to discuss the painstaking technical process with technical director Lee Kline. It's definitely very technical, which makes it perfect for any fans of real film, and it's an eye-opening look behind the scenes.

Here's Gizmodo's short film on The Criterion Collection restoration of Foreign Correspondent:

The doc uses the Criterion Collection's work on Alfred Hitchcock's classic Foreign Correspondent as the example to explain their techniques of perfecting their spectacular restoration. The work that must be done to restore these old film reels should be evidence enough of the necessity for film preservation, something Martin Scorsese is absolutely passionate about. After all, it's thoroughly depressing that out of 10,919 silent feature films released in America, 70% of them are gone forever. Thankfully, people at Criterion are doing the best they can to make sure we can experience them in as pristine a form as possible.

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


i love this movie. I was tasked with watching it in high school during a semester of a film course that was nothing but hithcock ( a little too much actually) but I washed away loving this.

Kento on Feb 14, 2014


Love Criterion. These folks are stellar craftsmen. Excellent work with great dedication.

Cal J. on Feb 14, 2014


So much work! Passion project for film nerds.

DAVIDPD on Feb 15, 2014


Great to see what goes into these restorations. But I especially enjoyed seeing how they decide on a new cover for a re-release.

Terry Craig on Feb 15, 2014


my Aunty Julia got silver Volkswagen Beetle Convertible by working parttime off of a home computer... Look At This C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

kandy830 on Feb 17, 2014


They are the best, period. Now if only we could get a new bluray restoration transfer of Time Bandits. Get those rights back Criterion.

Johnny Neat on Feb 28, 2014

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