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35 years after the release of Wham!’s
iconic ‘Last Christmas’ music video, Sony and legendary original music video
director Andy Morahan re-released the video classic in astonishing 4K. In
order to achieve exceptional clarity, Morahan unearthed the original 35mm
rushes and worked closely with Cinelab London to breathe new life into them.
Cinelab London scanned 7 rolls of original 35mm at 4K on dft’s Scanity HDR 4K scanner to allow for maximum flexibility in the grade and edit. The beauty
and details of the original film negative were captured in the very best way
possible, capturing detail never seen before.
Jack Driscoll’s beautifully honest film for Bloom and Wild portrays a young
woman remembering many special moments shared with her big sis over the years.
How can she thank her? Cinelab London were responsible for 35mm & 16mm film processing, Scanity HDR “Scan Once” 2K scans and deliverables.
1992 erotic thriller, Basic
Instinct, has been restored from the original 35mm negative by the restoration
team at Hiventy.
Using Scanity, the first step
was to scan the 35mm image negative in 4K – including previously censored shots
that were missing from the negative but later
discovered in the internegative.
manager, Sophie Boyer: “Thanks to this, we were able to restore the full length
version of the film, the only version that Paul Verhoeven (the director) wanted
to have restored.”
One of the first projects using Scanity for LA-based Spectra Film and Video, was the processing and scanning of the latest music video for American indie rock musician, Phoebe Bridgers. Shot on Super 16mm, Spectra completed all processing and scanning, with the colour correction done off site.
sports journalist, Ned Boulting, famous for his coverage of the Tour de France,
bought an old film reel of the race at a London auction house. Curious about
what was on the reel, Ned began looking for a company to scan and digitise the
footage. In his search he was advised that scanning the film may result in
irreparable damage. “I was very worried when I was told that the sprockets were
so torn it might not be possible to scan the film, because it might be
destroyed in the process”.
Studios was recommended for the scanning due to their sprocket-less scanner
which allows them to scan and digitise even the most delicate and damaged film
up to 4K.
Award-winning film Australia Daze, which documented the bicentenary of European settlement in Australia, has been
digitally restored by the NFSA.
The film looks behind the curtains of the official celebrations of the
Bicentenary of European settlement in Australia. Cameras rolled for 24 hours, capturing
everything from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protests to Royal visits
and backyard barbies; from the spectacle of Tall Ships coming through the
Sydney Heads to re-enactments on dry riverbeds in outback Australia.
The original print negatives were scanned in-house at the NFSA in
Canberra, using the Scanity digital scanner, before being cleaned and fully
German post production house, OMNIMAGO, has recently completed work to
digitise 35mm films with a native resolution of 8K for NHK, Japan’s
known for its world-class documentaries and factual series, NHK has
also become synonymous with high-resolution broadcasting, pioneering the
move to higher resolutions.
Director Malcolm Leigh’s Legend of the Witches (1970) has been restored
for BFI Flipside, dedicated to rediscovering and reclaiming a space for
forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of
disappearing from our screens forever.
The film looks in detail at previously hidden magic rites and rituals.
Sharing the secrets of initiation into a coven, divination through
animal sacrifice, ritual scrying, the casting of a 'death spell', and
the chilling intimacy of a Black Mass. It also explores Britain's hidden
pagan heritage and its continued influence on our lives today.
Made by Wes Craven immediately prior to his smash-hit A Nightmare on Elm
Street, The Hills Have Eyes Part II is a fun action-horror thrills and
spills replete with mutants, motorbikes, and - oh yes - dog flashbacks!
The 2K restoration from original film elements was done by R3Store
Bruce Beresford’s epic Black Robe (1991) has been digitally restored by Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive.
Originally shot in Canada and post-produced in Sydney, the master
materials were returned to Canada on completion of post-production with
just a safety inter-negative and sound master being held in Australia.
The inter-positive was found in a storage facility in Toronto and
original negatives were never found, and the reel four was missing...
Prasad has recently digitised and restored the
1982 Richard Attenborough classic film Gandhi, winner of eight Academy
Awards including Best Picture and five Golden Globe Awards including
Best Foreign Film. The original negative scan was done on Prasad's own
flagship film scanner at 4k/16 bit resolution. Thanks to Grover Crisp
and Sony Pictures they were able to restore this classic to its original
Recently remastered by R3Store Studios for the BFI, Scandal is a
fictionalised account of the Profumo Scandal of 1963 that rocked the
government of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. The story
features an exotic dancer’s affair with the Secretary of State for War
which goes public. The scandal tears through the government and
threatens the lifestyles and freedom of those involved. This newly
restored 30th Anniversary Edition has been restored from a 4K scan of
original film materials.
Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film
is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of
hippy Hollywood. The film is set in 1969 Los Angeles, where an actor and
his stunt double navigate the changing Hollywood film industry. The
Hollywood Reporter called it "Tarantino's love letter to '60s L.A." and
praised its cast and setting.
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ was shot on film, and the film dailies
were also later used for an edited workprint. The negative was processed
at FotoKem, who also printed the dailies and did a 4K scan of the
negative using a Scanity
Newly restored in 4K to mark its 30th
anniversary, Terence Davies' acclaimed Distant Voices (1988) has been
restored from the original camera negative. This classic British film
evokes post-war working-class Liverpool life in a two-part film, by
turns lyrical, humorous and horrific.
William Wyler’s 16mm Memphis Belle film
footage (1943) has been digitally preserved using a Spirit 4K scanner
and Phantom software. The original film was delicate and damaged -
having shrunk by an average of 1.4%! Find out how Spirit's gentle
handling contributed to the restoration.
This new digital transfer was created in
4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from 35mm original camera
negative. "While I do not have an older home video release of this film
to perform some direct comparisons, the current presentation is so good
that I can't imagine that it is anything but a dramatic improvement in
quality. Indeed, the entire film looks enormously healthy and all of the
key qualities that we address in our reviews are very solid.
Depth and fluidity in
particular are outstanding, but the color scheme is also very
impressive. Delineation is consistently pleasing, and as far as nuances
are concerned there are all kinds of different ranges that basically
make these types of high-definition releases of older films so
attractive. Image stability is outstanding. Great organic presentation."
This new digital transfer was
created in 4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from a 35 mm safety
fine-grain master made from the original nitrate negative. The
restoration was performed by Digital Film Restore in Chennai, India.
Mission: Impossible -
Fallout was shot on film and then edited in 4K with IMAX and stereo
deliveries. Film was processed at Cinelab (London) and scanned at
Pinewood Post on a Scanity at 4K for an eventual 4K delivery.
post house FotoKem provided creative and technical services for the
Disney/Lucasfilm movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The facility built
advanced solutions that supported the creative team from production to
dailies to color grade. Services included a customized workflow for
dailies, editorial and VFX support, conform and a color pipeline that
incorporated all camera formats (film and file-based). A remote post
facility was assembled near-set in London where film technician Simone
Appleby operated two real-time Scanity film scanners, digitizing up to
15,000 feet a day of 35mm footage at full-aperture 4K resolution.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
(1989) delivers a multilayered character examination on the
complications of the narcissistic end of the Reagan era 1980s and the
seeds of the personal video age we are living through today wherein
everyone is armed with their own video devices. This new digital
transfer was created completely in 4K on a dft Scanity film scanner from
the original 35mm camera negatives.
This rare view
of traditional dances of Jews from the Atlas Mountains, was originated
on a reversal 16mm film reel and then scanned at IFA's digitisation lab
using Scanity as part of IFA's mass digitisation, digital preservation
and access project to safeguard our shared treasures for years to come.
is in the business of restoring old film to the finest standards and
the dft Scanity with its sprocketless and smooth continuous motion
transport combined with the rolling gate mechanism and high
depth-of-field gives us ultimate quality from very challenging film
elements in resolutions up to 4K”
Gerry Gedge – R3store Studios
150th anniversary of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
(AELTC), R3Store Studios have been working on the restoration of a “huge
amount” of its archive.
Around 30 hours of content, dating from the
1920s to the 1980s is being restored, including official films and news
reels. The content features both match action and old interviews with
players such as Connolly and Perry. The project has uncovered a host of
'lost' footage and the original negatives of many classic Wimbledon
R3store Studios, is scanning the film and is
also responsible for the automated restoration and manual frame-by-frame
repairing of images. Jo Griffin, COO of R3store Studios said: “Working
from the original negs has been wonderful and I think everyone who views
this content will be amazed at just how fantastic it now looks.”
is part southern gothic tale, melodrama, and film noir, with it’s
opening sequence ‘… a master class in black-and-white photography’. This
new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on a dft Scanity film
scanner from the 35mm nitrate original camera negative.
Archives have recently partnered with Vulcan Productions and Creative
Differences to digitally preserve the outtakes of William Wyler's
Memphis Belle and original footage from Berlin in 1945, for a new
feature length documentary, ‘The Cold Blue’. The original Kodachrome was
scanned by NARA in 4K resolution using a dft Spirit film scanner.
While the colour of the originals remains beautiful, the film has shrunk
over time, requiring careful handling and slow scanning speeds to avoid
damage. In total, it took 80 hours to scan the reels and generated
over 80 TB worth of data.
The Cold Blue uses the original footage and
accounts of veterans to illustrate the complexity of the missions,
highlight the camaraderie of the crew, show appreciation for the ground
crews, and to explore their thoughts on the events as they occurred, and
looking back seventy-five years later.
approved by director of photography Roger Deakins, this 6-bit 4K digital
transfer was created on a dft Scanity film scanner from the original
35mm camera negative at Deluxe in Culver City, California.
"Sid & Nancy looks excellent in this
high-definition transfer, showing that Criterion still cares greatly
about one of its earliest releases. With grain intact, details are
strong, colors are nice and the overall image is a significant
improvement over the initial DVD release."
released by the Criterion Collection, this movie has been given a new 4K
scan and provides a remastered stereo audio track and a 5.1 remix.
Supervised by director of photography Stephen H. Burum and approved by
director Francis Ford Coppola, this new 16-bit 4K digital transfer was
created on a dft Scanity film scanner from the 35mm original camera
Press has restored original and unique footage from the Wedding of
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in July 1981 and is releasing it
in 4K on YouTube. The footage comes from the British Movietone archive,
which was acquired by the AP in 2016. British Movietone was the only
company to film the wedding on high quality 35mm film, whereas others
filmed it on standard definition video tape. As a result, this 25
minute British Movietone documentary represents the highest resolution
of footage of the wedding known to exist. AP retrieved the original film
negatives to complete an intricate transfer of the material to 4K.
Alwyn Lindsey of the Associated Press: “The
images from Charles and Diana’s wedding are familiar to millions but the
fact the British Movietone filmed the wedding on 35mm film has allowed
AP to make the video available for the public to enjoy at a quality
never seen before. The restored 4K film is simply stunning and a world
away from the 1980s videotape versions that we’re familiar with.”
A Hard Day’s
Night follows the fab four through a fictionalized ‘typical day’ of
running from hoards of crazed fans, traveling by train, hanging out in
their hotel room, meeting the press, cracking wise, filming a live TV
show and, finally, performing for a capacity crowd of those same of
hysterical fans who simply will not stop screaming.
Using the latest in digital restoration
technology, the Criterion Collection was able to restore the film from
the 35 mm original camera negative, which, though incomplete, was in
excellent condition. The missing material was taken from two original
interpositives. The image was scanned in 4K resolution on a Scanity film
scanner to retain the character of the film’s original printing stock
without any generational loss, and the raw data was carefully treated
using a variety of digital tools to remove dirt, scratches, flicker and
Institute uses Scanity across a range of projects - including the
preservation and sharing of these moments from Britain's footballing
dft’s new WetGate technology is designed
specifically for dft’s Scanity HDR model providing a real-time organic
solution for the ingest and management of difficult to solve historical
film transfer issues – such as dust and scratch removal – surpassing
prior transfer standards. The WetGate is ideal for archive owners who
need a scanner that’s able to handle a range of problematic and
historically-aged film issues.
Watch the WetGate process demo video
LAC selected a
film scanning solu-tion built around the dft Scanity film scanner and
complemented by a colour correction suite featuring BlackMagic’s Resolve
software. Scanity met all our specifications for image resolution,
safe film handling, scan-ning speed and audio capture support for both
optical and magnetic soundtracks.
two-colour classic ‘King of Jazz’ has been recently restored. This has
been a lengthy and complex project, involving numerous parties. As part
of the process, a surviving nitrate print from 1930 with a length of 83
minutes was found, and scanned at 4K by Prasad Corp. on a Scanity,
because the print’s 1.8% shrinkage demanded sprocketless scanning.
Nearly 30 years
after its Broadway premiere, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences is the
first August Wilson play to make it to the big screen. According to
cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Fences is a passion project
for Washington, who also signed on to direct the movie. Footage was
processed at Fotokem in Burbank, Calif, and the negative was scanned at
4K and oversampled down to 2K on a dft Scanity film scanner.
was scanned in 4K resolution on the Scanity film scanner at Cinelicious
from the earliest known existing element, a 35mm dupe negtive recently
discovered and preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The
resulting data was then digitally restored frame-by-frame using a
variety of tools to remove dirt, scratches, flicker and other damage.
While the full aperture elements were completely restored, the film is
presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1.
MacGillivray has been working in the film world for 40 years. His films
demand the finest image quality possible and he gets that with our
technicians and Scanity HDR scanner. We proudly provided scanning
services for his films Humpback Whales and National Parks Adventure.
For over 30
years, the filmmaker Bill Morrison has been resurrecting forgotten
footage and finding its place within often equally forgotten historical
and cultural contexts.
1977 film ‘Mama, ich lebe’, has been digitised for the DEFA Foundation
at Omnimago. The project is the first to use dft’s new WetGate
technology, in conjunction with dft’s Scanity 4K scanner.
‘The Memory of
Justice’, created in 1976 by Marcel Ophüls, examines three of the
defining tragedies of the Western world in the second half of the 20th
century, from the Nuremberg trials through the French-Algerian war to
Vietnam, building from a vast range of interviews, from Telford Taylor
(Counsel for the Prosecution at Nuremberg, later a harsh critic of US’s
escalating involvement in Vietnam) to Nazi architect Albert Speer to
Daniel Ellsberg and Joan Baez.
A notable recent project for renowned color and finishing studio Nice
Shoes was director Martin Bell’s upcoming documentary Tiny: The Life of
Erin Blackwell, which is a follow-up to Bell’s 1984 film Streetwise.
Utilizing the Scanity, 16mm footage from Streetwise was scanned in at
4K, to be cut into the new film as well as to be archived at a higher
“With the Scanity, we were able to aid Martin in upgrading the
material from Streetwise in the early 80s so that it would match well
with the footage captured for Tiny which he’s shot over the past few
years. It's great for us to offer this to documentary filmmakers like
him, who are often working with beautiful archival footage," said Nice
Shoes colorist/partner Chris Ryan.
This black and white, hand coloured silent comedy has been restored by the National Library of Norway
In 2015 Digimage restored in 4K the French masterpiece “Fanny” (1932) by
Marc Allegret. Unfortunately, the film negative doesn’t exist anymore
and Digimage only had the nitrate fine grain dupe positive at their
disposal. Thanks to the Scanity, Digimage reached a result that met
WetGate technology is designed specifically for dft’s Scanity HDR model
providing a real-time organic solution for the ingest and management of
difficult to solve historical film transfer issues – such as dust and
scratch removal – surpassing prior transfer standards. The WetGate is
ideal for archive owners who need a scanner that’s able to handle a
range of problematic and historically-aged film issues.
(translated as "To Live"), a 1952 Japanese film directed and co-written
by Akira Kurosawa, describes the struggles of a middle-aged Tokyo
bureaucrat and his quest for meaning after discovering he has terminal
cancer. The film appeared in Empire Magazine's greatest 500 films of all
time. Recently remastered and released as on Blu-Ray disc, this review
states that “This new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on a
Scanity film scanner from a 35 mm fine-grain master positive, the best
remaining film element of IKIRU, whose original negative no longer
The 1975 Australian constitutional
crisis, also known simply as "the Dismissal", has been described as the
greatest political and constitutional crisis in Australian history. It
culminated on 11 November 1975 with the dismissal from office of the
Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. Much of the footage taken of the events
mysteriously disappeared. The original footage that still remains was
donated to NFSA to be digitally preserved. Using Scanity, the footage
has been captured and presented in its original quality to ensure its
safety for viewing by future generations.
'Dressed to Kill' has recently been remastered and released. The release
was supervised by Brian De Palma and is a new digital transfer created
in 4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from the 35 mm original
camera negative as well as a 35 mm interpositive for additional footage
for the unrated cut.
Reviews state that "... the original release had major issues with
stretching and color grading, which now appear to be corrected. Detail
levels are fantastic throughout while the natural film grain only add to
the appeal. Colours are finely balanced while never seemingly pumped up
or oversaturated. There were no major instances of dust marks,
scratches or other ailments making for the best this movie has ever
looked, including the MGM/Fox Blu-ray release."
children’s film ‘The Black Stallion’ has been recently remastered and
re-released as a Blu-ray disc. The new digital transfer was created in
4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from the 35 mm original camera
negative, which was then restored in 2K resolution.
(www.cinelicious.tv), with locations in Hollywood and Santa Monica, is a
creative studio that offers a host of post services that includes
HD/2K/4K color grading for commercials, ...
Created by the
Lumière brothers over 100 years ago, and discovered by La Musée Suisse
de l’Appareil Photographique de Vevey, this short, 20 second film
depicts a French family outing.
The film, an
almost complete version of Empty Socks, was discovered during an
inventory at the library’s facility in Mo i Rana, near the Arctic circle
BBC Studios and
Post Production’s specialist Digital Media Services team has completed
full restoration work on the classic British murder mystery series Miss
Marple, bringing the picture quality up to date for 21st century
It's just over a
year since the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) took delivery of
the first Scanity in Australia. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we
look back on the first 12 months of operation. ...
after it was first broadcast on British television, BBC Studios and Post
Production’s award-winning Digital Media Services team has digitally
restored and remastered over 30 hours of film ...
BBC Studios and
Post Production’s award-winning Digital Media Services team has restored
the complete first series of the cult classic British crime-drama, ...
release of The Sweeny film, which saw Ray Winstone taking on John Thaw’s
Regan role, home entertainment label Network Distributing decided it
was time to bring the original...
For anyone above
a certain age, the towns of Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley,
with their weird and wonderful collection of characters, hold a special
place in our hearts...
National Film Development (FINAS) is the federal government agency for
the film industry of Malaysia. It was established in 1981 by an act of
boutique post house with a focus on film projects could be perceived as
risky in this day and age, but Paul Korver, the principal officer at
Cinelicious in Hollywood, ...