The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate
Our plans to release Dorothy Arzner’s feminist classic set in motion a restoration process that led Warner Bros. to discover a nitrate negative that had begun to deteriorate in storage.
Fresh Ears on The Inland Sea’s Exquisite Soundscapes
Lucille Carra’s lyrical documentary got a sonic makeover when Criterion audio supervisor Ryan Hullings solved two major problems that have followed the film since its release.
Veteran archivist Ross Lipman untangles the complexities of restoring Barbara Loden’s film, from questions surrounding the tonal quality of its images to the mysteries of its aspect ratio.
Diving into the Nitty-Gritty of Film Conservation in Kolkata
Members of the Criterion tech team headed to India last month to teach some practical skills in moving-image conservation at the Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop.
A New Restoration Brings Detour Back to the Big Screen
Long available only in substandard public-domain prints, Edgar G. Ulmer’s noir masterpiece looks better than ever in the new restoration opening at New York’s Film Forum this week.
A Preservationist’s Puzzle: Restoring The Front Page
When the Academy Film Archive embarked on a new restoration of The Front Page, preservationists stumbled onto a mystery regarding the existing prints of the film.
Cleaning Up A Brighter Summer Day
Following an arduous restoration effort that involved broken scanners, missing reels, and the complicated transfer of materials between Taipei, Bologna, and New York, Edward Yang’s 1991 epic film is finally available in a high-quality viewing forma…
Restoring The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The following short program, which also appears as a supplement in our new box set The Essential Jacques Demy, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the painstaking 2013 digital restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which brought the…
Martin Scorsese on the Richard III Restoration
Shot in VistaVision and Technicolor, Richard III is the most eye-catching of Laurence Olivier’s essential big-screen Shakespeare adaptations. For years, it couldn’t be seen in its original glory, due to lost footage, faded colors, chemical staini…
A Tale of Three Aspect Ratios
In our release of On the Waterfront, out today on Blu-ray and DVD, we offer Elia Kazan’s film in a trio of aspect ratios. Our official presentation of the movie is in 1.66:1, but you can also watch it in its entirety in both 1.33:1 and 1.85:1 frame…
How We Restored The Man Who Knew Too Much
Criterion’s new restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1934 thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much was a project many years in the making. Since the original negative is missing, the first challenge was to find the best possible source elements; only then…
Leaving the Color in L’enfance nue
One of the most challenging aspects of our work is to get accurate color for films when there are no filmmakers to consult with. This is especially true of films from the fifties and sixties, for which cinematographers, directors, editors, and color …
Visit to the George Eastman House
Last Friday, Fumiko, Issa, and I went up to Rochester, New York, to the Eastman House. We have been talking to them about accessing their archive on a more regular basis, starting with the three von Sternberg films that are coming up. It’s really a…
Rendezvous with Resnais
Technical director Lee Kline, just back from Paris, where he worked on Last Year at Marienbad with Alain Resnais, reports: I was a little nervous to show Alain Resnais our new transfer of Marienbad, but I pushed hard to have him come into Scanlab, o…