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At this point in the movies I think Brando was the most beautiful man who ever walked the earth. The screen (left) of course is from the new 4K restoration of One-Eyed Jacks which premmed at Cannes this year. now on Criterion Blu Ray. I only wish the company was already at the 4K/UHD disc stage of releasing so we could get this in a totally ultra premium format.
Meanwhile I have to make do with the fabbo new Panny UHD TV uprezzing the image and giving it the caboodle of HDR and other magic tricks. The 4K was taken from scans of the original 8 perf Vistavision element, so they started with the best, and even beyond the sheer effort of restoration the disc is like a long lost treasure trove of extra material including 33 minutes of extracts from Brando's own daily voice recording shooting notes during the filming. There's so much more, and I have barely had time to scratch around the perimeters.
Technically the BD is superb, mastered at a a steady 30mbPs bitrate which gives the image completely optimal presentation in terms of grain, sharpness, stability, depth, dynamic range, tone and density. It's perfect. Andt the color palette which had initially bothered me slightly from screens, is meticulously rendered.
I have only the haziest memory of seeing this before once in my life, in 35mm and almost certainly a Tech IB print, at the Gaiety Theatrette in Sydney's Kings Cross back in the late sixties. At that stage the manager of that establishment was doing both unpredictable programming and also things like re masking everything regardless of original provenance to a pseudo Scope ratio with top and bottom curtains. While it operated like a mini cinematheque the projection was abysmal, wildly unreliable at the best of times.
|The Kings Cross Gaiety, circa the 60s|