Thursday 19 November 2015

Hellraiser III Restoration

In recent days we've received some communications about the framing on our release of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth which we would like to address.

The process taken to bring Hellraiser III to Blu-ray was to utilise new 2K scans delivered by Lakeshore International, the rights-owner of the film for the UK. These scans were made from the original 35mm Interpositive elements (second in the printing chain after the Original 35mm Camera Negative) and these files were delivered to us masked to 1.85:1, the original ratio of the film.

While we appreciate the fact that our framing may look a bit different than on previous editions of Hellraiser III, we would like to point out that older releases incorrectly framed the film in a zoomed and cropped 1.78:1 ratio. When we were working on this film it was confirmed to us that this film, like the other two Hellraiser films, should be masked to its correct theatrical original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is how we’ve presented it on our release.

Our aim is always to right the wrongs on previous releases and produce a definitive version of the film that is faithful to the original. So whilst it has been suggested that our framing might be a bit off balance, we made the decision to present as much image area as was possible without displaying anything that shouldn’t be visible in the frame. If we were to ‘correct’ for this by shifting the entire picture in one direction, a greater percentage of the image would have had to have been unnecessarily zoomed and cropped. As this is something that would have certainly disappointed more people than allowing for more image area than on previous editions, we decided to maintain the framing as it’s presented on our disc.

It should be mentioned that any restoration is always limited to what materials are available, which can be difficult to access for rights reasons (this was the reason we could not access the original 35mm camera negative for Hellraiser) or for reasons of poor physical condition (as was comprehensively documented on our release of Nightmare City) but in all cases our aim is to produce the highest quality and most accurate representation of the film. We're proud of our restorations of all three of the Hellraiser films and hope you have enjoyed the release as a whole, and that this explanation behind the process helps to clarify the reasoning behind the look of the film.

James White

Head of Film Restoration & Technical Services


  1. 1. Framing Error on part III
    2. Colortiming-Issues, poor scan of IP and 2k instead of 4k and ocn on part I
    3. Severe EE on part II

    Your above comments Mr. White are not only insulting, they are pompous and false. Take ownership of Arrows screw ups, correct them, and move on.

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  3. "...without displaying anything that shouldn’t be visible in the frame." This is the problem. There's filming equipment visible in the frame at various points throughout. There's also a rig visible, showing how the statue is hanging from the ceiling for the special effect in which the victim is supposed to be hanging in mid air. And there's wax pouring onto the floor (in reverse) in an effect meant to look like Pinhead's head is forming on the statue. These are glaring errors, aside from the fact that everything is off balance with centered shots now being off center. This is incorrectly framed and needs to be fixed.

  4. will these issues be sorted and replacements sent Arrow?

  5. Guess not. You know Arrow is perfect and anyone suggesting otherwise is "ignorant" or a "hater". Yea right.....

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