40th Anniversary Restoration

by on Apr.02, 2014, under Syndicated from the Web

Reposted from PUMPKINROT.COM: What’s Brewing | Go to Original Post

I was a late-comer to The Texax Chainsaw Massacre.  I had always assumed it was just a guy running around with a chainsaw.  I was surprised how packed it was with style and weirdness and creepy images.  And it still held up after all this time. 

It’s gone through a huge restoration process for a re-release on June 20th.  Just praying it gets released somewhere in these parts.  Would love to see this on the big screen.

“There were hundreds, if not thousands, of instances where you’d find a splice mark cooked into the middle of a frame. Some frames would have close to two hundred dirt events on them. We also spent a lot of time stabilizing the image. When doing a digital scan of a conformed 16mm print with a splice at every cut, it can be tough to achieve the high standards we all aspire to in the era of digital cinema. What might have passed as acceptable in the 70′s looks jarring now. So we worked hard to smooth out the tremors that almost inevitably occur when scanning this type of film element. There were tears in the film that we had to digitally rebuild from adjacent frames. There were tens of thousands of things we were dealing with,”

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