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Old 05-23-2008, 07:52 PM
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A great announcement from WB in Hollywood Reporter:

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging is restoring George Cukor's 1954 "A Star Is Born" in 6K resolution.

The film, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, is believed to be the first restoration project where the scanning, restoration work and mastering will be completed at that resolution.

Digital film restoration is most commonly accomplished at 2K, though an increasing number have been using 4K. A 4K file contains four times as much picture information -- measured in pixels -- as a 2K file, and 6K contains 2 1/4 times as much as a 4K file.

Ned Price, vp mastering, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, said that the facility's reason to go to higher resolution was because "The original camera negative contains more information than 2K, though 2K is today's typical display resolution. But we anticipate higher display resolution in the future. So we are attempting to preserve the asset, rather than just create an element for exhibition."

The key goal of the project is preservation, but the restored version of the film will also eventually be released on Blu-ray Disc and standard DVD.

"There has been photochemical work done on this particular title, but with new digital tools we are able to retrieve the original color balance of the faded negative in a way that we could not reproduce photochemically," Price said. "We made film preservation elements since the film had differential fading, meaning ... the edges of the film had more oxygen and deteriorated quicker. By scanning it, we're able to get a completely flat field of color."

Numerous restoration industry leaders share the belief that the community needs to step up to a resolution higher than 2K for restoration and preservation. Still, opinions vary, as more storage and bandwidth is needed to handle these larger files, which along with cost, is a challenge.

"6K is typically a costly proposition, so that's why we are testing the waters on 'A Star is Born,' " Price said. "As the size of data is more easily managed and the tools become more accessible, we will increase our resolution."

Restoration of "A Star Is Born" is expected to take four to six months. Said Price: "Our expectation is that the restoration would live for easily 100 years."

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging, the studio's digital post and restoration facility, has recently restored such titles as "Bonnie and Clyde," "Dirty Harry," "Cool Hand Luke" and "How the West Was Won."


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Old 05-23-2008, 08:15 PM
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very cool!
It will be wonderful to see when it finally comes out.
great movie!
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An awesome movie, and I'm sure Warner's restoration will be awesome...though I am curious to know if they found the 10 mins of footage that was missing when the 1980's restoration took place. They used stills over the original soundtrack to recreate the scenes. I'm sure the footage is long gone...but if they found it, it would truly be a treat!
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An awesome movie, and I'm sure Warner's restoration will be awesome...though I am curious to know if they found the 10 mins of footage that was missing when the 1980's restoration took place. They used stills over the original soundtrack to recreate the scenes. I'm sure the footage is long gone...but if they found it, it would truly be a treat!
I have not heard of anything being located, but hopefully they might have found a few of the scenes so they can use that instead of the stills. This is very exciting for classic fans!!!! While we have started to see older catalogs like Sand Pebbles, Patton, Longest Day, The Professionals, The Omen series, Batman 1966, this is the first word of any classic musical on blu-ray. I am hoping there will be more soon.
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At first I request WB to restore Batman Begins and present it in 1080p properly.
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Talk about storage requirements...

6k=6144k=6MB
6MB*24fps*60s*60m=506.25GB per hour

Granted with todays SANs that's not a lot, but when you start to do 2+ hour movies and multiple movies and also the backup of the original scan and then the stages of cleaning the image, it could easily get into the multi terabyte range for a single movie.
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Well, I hope they do the same for the sound. It'd be awful if we got a 192 kbps DD sound encode.
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Talk about storage requirements...

6k=6144k=6MB
6MB*24fps*60s*60m=506.25GB per hour

Granted with todays SANs that's not a lot, but when you start to do 2+ hour movies and multiple movies and also the backup of the original scan and then the stages of cleaning the image, it could easily get into the multi terabyte range for a single movie.
I think you calculated less bandwidth,
For 4K resolution
Pixels = 4096 x 3112 = 12746752.
each color channel is typically 8 bit
so for 1 frame memory requirement = 24 x 12746752 = 305,922,048 bit = 38240256 bytes = 37344 MB

for 1 hour movie = 37344 * 60 * 60 = 3226521600 MB = 131287.5 GB = 131.3 TB

Obviously they'll be using some sort of compression.

That's why when they talk about storage constraints they know very well what they are talking about.
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Well, I hope they do the same for the sound. It'd be awful if we got a 192 kbps DD sound encode.
I dunno; it wasn't recorded and mixed yesterday. There must be an official tally somewhere of where a 1954-era sound mix would top out and not need any more space or bandwith with modern compression codecs. I assume such a limit exists, anyway, and that it's below something recorded with DAT tape and mixed digitally a few years ago.

Anyway, great news. I never thought I'd have warm fuzzy feelings for a movie studio, but Warner Brothers is doing such an awesome job with their older stuff in high def.
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Not a movie I'll get but I'm glad that they are restoring it.

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At first I request WB to restore Batman Begins and present it in 1080p properly.
Batman Begins needs restoring?
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