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reaky
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Re: Cult Films

#26 Post by reaky » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:37 pm

Has anyone seen Cult Films’s release of Battle of Algiers? I have the 2012 Argent/Cinema Classics release, but the yellow subtitles really bother me. Plus, it’s meant to be a new 4K restoration.

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Re: Cult Films

#27 Post by nitin » Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:51 am


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reaky
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Re: Cult Films

#28 Post by reaky » Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:44 am

Thanks for that. Am I alone in being willing to accept inferior image quality if I can have white subs?

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Re: Cult Films

#29 Post by JSC » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:32 am

Cult films is releasing Michelangelo Antonioni's Story of a Love affair
on April 20.

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Story-of ... ay/265802/

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Re: Cult Films

#30 Post by nitin » Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:44 am

Has that been restored recently?

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Re: Cult Films

#31 Post by ellipsis7 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:34 am

Apparently so... From the specs...
CultFilm presents the WORLD FIRST BLURAY from a 2K restored source supervised by cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno
Sounds good - Enzo Serafin was the actual DOP for this & two other early Antonioni features, also for Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia, but he passed away in 1995...

UPDATE: Have looked further into this. The restoration actually dates from 2004 - the first Italian film to be digitally restored...
Con il restauro di 'Cronaca di un amore' di Michelangelo Antonioni si inaugura in Italia l'era del restauro digitale. E questo grazie all'Associazione Philip Morris Progetto Cinema che ha completato, in collaborazione con Cinecittà Studios, quello che può essere considerato il primo restauro nella storia cinematografica italiana realizzato appunto interamente in digitale.
Giuseppe Rotunno, che ha seguito la direzione del restauro ha dichiarato che soltanto grazie a questa nuova tecnologia è stato possibile recuperare e riportare all'antico splendore questo film opera prima di Antonioni realizzato nel 1950 e interpretata da Lucia Bosè e Massimo Girotti.
Essentially this seems to be the same package (feature & extras) as that which was released as a double DVD set in Italy & by NoShame in the USA in 2005... I'm just watching the 8 minute featurette with Rotunno on the restoration - significant efforts & resources were put into this pioneering piece of cinematic conservation by Cinecittà, mixing traditional & digital techniques. The original negative wasn't available, having been lost in a fire some years ago. But there did exist an interpositive or 'lavender print' & they worked from this. Obviously the end result of the restoration was a 2K source, which now is eventually reaching Blu Ray...

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Re: Cult Films

#32 Post by ellipsis7 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:34 am

This now rescheduled for July 27th...

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Re: Cult Films

#33 Post by isakorg2 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:24 am

If I'm understanding you correctly, this doesn't augur well for this release. I have the NoShame disc and it may be that this was the best that could be done with the material, but, although I recall the visuals as being acceptable, the sound was a nightmare, with background noise being incredibly intrusive. Still, I can't imagine this being released again, in blu-ray no less, without that problem having been addressed. One can only hope -

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Re: Cult Films

#34 Post by ellipsis7 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:06 am

The same restoration also appeared on Carlotta DVD in France & Alan Young Video/Surf Video/Associazione Philip Morris Progetto Cinema/Cinecittà Studios DVD in Italy (the latter in an identical 2-disc set to the NoShame) and, yes, the restored sound is not great, but still serviceable... I've just compared the PAL Italian disc with the NTSC US NoShame disc and suspect the problem was worsened by standards conversion, as the Italian version, while far from perfect, is perceptibly clearer...

At least it hopefully won't be the 1080i disappointment of Cult Films recent I VITELLONI & GIULIETTA DEGLI SPIRITI Blu Rays...

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Re: Cult Films

#35 Post by ellipsis7 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:05 am

STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR/CRONACA DI UN AMORE Blu Ray is actually not bad at all & a distinct improvement on the DVDs although obviously not without some of the imperfections inherent in the source material... It's great to see the film in High Def at last...

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Re: Cult Films

#36 Post by ellipsis7 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:39 am

There you go... No sooner than this 2004 restoration reaches Blu Ray at long last, a brand new restoration of CRONACA DI UN AMORE by Cinema Ritrovato/Cineteca di Bologna is announced for Venezia Classici/Venice Classics @ Venice Film Festival 2020... All very puzzling!...
CRONACA DI UN AMORE
di Michelangelo ANTONIONI (Italia, 1950, B/N)
restauro: Cineteca di Bologna
And it's in 4K...
Per concessione di Surf Film di Bologna. Restaurato in 4K nel 2020 da Cineteca di Bologna in collaborazione con Surf Film presso il laboratorio L’Immagine Ritrovata, con il sostegno di MiBACT
Whoops! Looks like another own goal by Cult Films...

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Re: Cult Films

#37 Post by L.A. » Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:27 pm

ellipsis7 wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:34 am
This now rescheduled for July 27th...

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Re: Cult Films

#38 Post by tenia » Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:54 am

I've seen some other caps on top of these, and this clearly is sourced from an old master, meaning this release will be obsolete as soon as the 4K resto gets a BD release somewhere.

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