Wednesday, April 2, 2014

40th Anniversary Restoration

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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Jay's Shadow said...

I have never seen the 1974 original. It would be awesome to see it on the big screen for the first time.

Der Krampus said...

I have had the privilege to see a mint condition 35mm film print of was absolutely incredible. A friend of mine even has a frame of celluloid from said print.

HalloweeNut said...

Would love to see this in a theatre, but the ones in my area completely suck. A real classic, far scarier than most of the stuff that's come out recently.

"Hit her Grandpa!"

Steve Ring said...

Pretty much the Zenith of the horror genre in my eyes. A miraculous event that could never be duplicated.