• You’ve never seen a home video presentation of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp that looks as wonderful as the one on our new special edition, out this week on DVD and Blu-ray. This is the Film Foundation’s acclaimed 2011 digital restoration, a major and arduous undertaking, as foundation director Martin Scorsese reveals in this short video. In telling the story of how Blimp was brought back to its original glory, Scorsese also provides an excellent primer on the three-strip Technicolor process.

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  • By Lassothemovies
    March 18, 2013
    03:15 PM

    The time that went into making this film look glorious once is well appreciated. I can hardly wait to watch this film tomorrow!
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  • By Vladimir
    March 18, 2013
    04:21 PM

    I remember watching the restored print of "Il Gattopardo" at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival a few years back—so utterly gorgeous, actually better than the one available on Criterion at the moment—and then seeing an unrestored print of "Blimp" a day or two later. The difference was night and day, and I couldn't wait for this day to come. A new restored Archers production in the Collection is reason for celebration, indeed
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    • By Vissy
      March 19, 2013
      07:07 AM

      Maybe you meant "at the time" rather than "at the moment" because I'm pretty sure the 2011 Blu-ray is pretty darned good and holds up well against your viewing of the film of a few years ago. Of course seeing it on the big screen would have been great you lucky dog.
  • By Sean
    March 19, 2013
    06:19 AM

    Thanks Criterion for restoring this propaganda masterpiece and I will be getting this tomorrow or a few days later and now I can find out why Wenston Church Hill wanted to burn this film. Even if they don't mention that I'm sure they'll mention some of the history of the film and look up more history of it on the net. Now Criterion How about The Nazi propaganda version of Titanic made in the same year as The Life And Death of Colonel Blimp. Titanic: Country (Germany) (1943) (90 min) Please do release this one on DVD and Blu-ray thanks for listening.
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  • By Nate Sutton
    March 20, 2013
    03:08 AM

    When he mentions that the restoration colorist was Ray Grabowski, that is my my step-father. I was able to travel to New York with him and sit in with Scorsese and Schoonmaker as then reviews bits of the restoration. This was a year ago. Ray Grabowski also did the color restoration on The Red Shoes, and he did work on another Criterion release, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
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  • By adri
    April 17, 2013
    11:17 PM

    wow just pure genius
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