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 staining, and missing frames. But that was before its recent restoration by the Film Foundation, which you can see on our new Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film. In this video, filmmaker and foundation director Martin Scorsese explains the history of Richard III’s falling into disrepair and delineates the painstaking processes of finding the best surviving elements and bringing the film back to a version as close as possible to what Olivier intended.
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.