This month marked the long-awaited release of The Apu Trilogy on DVD and Blu-ray. Now that Satyajit Ray’s dazzling epic is back out in its original glory, take a look back at the painstaking process of rescuing and restoring the films, whose negatives were severely damaged in a massive fire set off by a nitrate explosion at a film lab in 1993. Below, watch a video by :: kogonada that shows how Ray’s breathtaking work was reconstructed from the ashes. And for more information about the restoration, check out this recent article in the Wall Street Journal, featuring Criterion technical director Lee Kline.
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.