Walking a Fine Line
Here’s an interesting look, on the occasion of Universal’s centennial anniversary, at the process of preserving old films, and the choices made in that process. These guys deserve some serious kudos, although I can’t help but wince ever so slightly when the process moves from restoration, to fixing noise levels in optical zooms, and the like. After all, these may be artifacts, but they are part of what make the viewer appreciate the time in, and the medium with which, they were made. It’s such a fine line to walk, and while I certainly prefer this treatment over no treatment at all, I take one look at what happened when Star Wars, or even The French Connection, got ‘restored and preserved’, and I shudder.