Days of Heaven restauriert

Terence Malicks bildgewaltige Filmballade „Days of Heaven“ (Kamera: Nestor Almendros, der dafür einen Oscar bekam) erscheint im Oktober in einer neu restaurierten Fassung auf DVD. Über die Restaurierungsarbeiten berichtet Lee Kline in On Five, dem Blog der Criterion Collection, wie alles mit einem neuen Interpositiv begann:

„The original IP was gorgeous, but it had these chemical stains on the left side of the frame that would creep into the picture as the film reels advanced. It was incredibly distracting in an otherwise perfect image… Man, was I depressed. I called Terrence Malick and told him of my evaluation. We discussed that we’d most likely have to transfer the original IP, but that I was going to try to get Paramount to make a new one. Much to my surprise, they agreed, and Criterion and Paramount chipped in to fund a new restored positive at Triage Laboratory in L.A. Paramount’s chief film archivist, Barry Allen, supervised the new film element and was as excited as I was about the project…

I had just finished working in New York with legendary cinematographer John Bailey on Paul Schrader’s film Mishima, so John and I spoke a lot about Days of Heaven. I hadn’t realized that he was the camera operator on the film and had worked closely with Nestor Almendros on the photography. John said that he would really like to be in on the transfer of Days, since he would have a lot to add. I mentioned it to Terry, and he ultimately liked the idea. It would be Terry, John, editor Billy Weber, myself, and my mentor, Maria Palazzola, overseeing the work. Behind the wheel was Criterion’s favorite colorist, Gregg Garvin, manning the color corrector. This really was a dream team… “ (Lee Kline)

Ob dieser neue Transfer gelungen ist, kann man ab 23. Oktober selbst beurteilen. Er wird sich jedenfalls stark von der ersten Paramount-DVD von 1999 unterscheiden, denn der Blog-Beitrag heißt nicht zufällig „Striking Gold“:

„As soon as he sat down, though, Terry made it clear that the new transfer needed to feel natural and not too “postcardlike.” We weren’t allowed to use words like golden or warm. The natural beauty of the land needed to be represented, since that was what they were going for when shooting.“ (Lee Kline) (Interview mit Lee Kline, 2004)

2 Antworten zu Days of Heaven restauriert

  1. […] in Großbritannien erschienen – ein Film, der in seiner optischen Wucht mit Terence Malicks “Days of Heaven” verglichen […]

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