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.
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.