Cary Grant Box Set, The

Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on February 8th, 2006

(out of 5)

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    02/12/2006 @ 11:36 pm

    I’m not sure what you mean by “thorough restoration” in your review. In all likelihood the prints they used for the transfers were the very best available, period. The camera negatives for many old films like this no longer survive, and often they have to piece together a new duplicate negative from the best surviving print elements and repair the damage as best they can. That’s what “restoration” often entails. It does not necessarily mean that you’ll have a pristine image afterwards, but hopefully the film will be intact with the best visual quality you can get from what elements actually survive. Studios can also clean up the image digitally, but there’s a limit to how much that can be done without damaging the integrity of the film’s look. Excessive digitalling processing in the post-transfer process can result in removal of natural film grain and artificial changes in the brightness and contrast, to say nothing of motion artifacts. Don’t assume that because the print used in a particular DVD transfer is a little rough the film hasn’t been restored, or that a restoration will somehow magically solve all the problems you see.

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