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.
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.