Friday, 29 August 2014

Withnail & I - The Restorations



Earlier this week we announced our forthcoming limited edition dual-format release of Withnail & I, to be released on October 20th. If you haven’t taken a look yet, please head over to withnailfilm.com for all of the details. This is going to be one fantastic set!

As well as Withnail, the package will also include writer-director Bruce Robinson’s follow-up feature, How to Get Ahead in Advertising. Both have been restored at 2K resolution exclusively for this release. Our technical producer, James White, will be writing a blog post about his work on these films next week.

In the meantime here’s the technical information…

WITHNAIL & I has been exclusively restored for this release by Arrow Films. 

The original negative was scanned in 2K resolution on a pin-registered ArriScan. The film was graded on the Nucoda grading system. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris and light scratches were removed through a combination of software and other digital restoration tools. Image stability and related issues were also improved. 

The original mono soundtrack was transferred from the magnetic reels. Audio issues such as bumps, clicks and audible buzz were repaired or removed. 

The film was fully graded under the supervision of the Director of Photography Peter Hannan, BSC, ASC. This new restoration of Withnail & I was completed in 2K resolution.

HOW TO GET AHEAD IN ADVERTISING has been exclusively restored for this release by Arrow Films. 

The original 35mm Interpositive was scanned in 2K resolution on a pin-registered ArriScan. The film was graded on the Nucoda grading system. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris and light scratches were removed through a combination of software and other digital restoration tools. The original mono soundtrack was transferred from the magnetic reels. 

The film was fully graded under the supervision of the Director of Photography Peter Hannan, BSC, ASC. This new restoration of How to Get Ahead in Advertising was completed in 2K resolution.

Restoration Supervisor: James White, Arrow Films

Restoration services by Deluxe Digital-EMEA, London:

Film Scanning: Paul Doogan, Bob Roach
Film grading: Stephen Bearman
Restoration Supervision: Tom Barrett, Clayton Baker
Restoration Technicians: Debi Bataller, Dave Burt, Tony Cleasby, Lisa Copson, Dana O’Reilly, Tom Wiltshire
Restoration Department Managers: Mark Bonnici, Graham Jones

Special Thanks to Peter Hannan and HandMade Films


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