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No Country for Old Men: Modern Noir Collection

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Personally, I have a real love of classic black and white Noir movies from the 40’s and 50’s, so I decided to take some of my all time favorite films and convert them into modern noir movies and upload for your enjoyment and critique. The first selection is No Country for Old Men, a Coen Brothers classic and a perfect film for the Noir genre. As with any preservation or fan project, you MUST own a commercial copy of the film before you download this version. All will be 1080p ISO images. Thanks and feedback is always welcome and as always, these projects will be on your favorite internal organ shortly.

Upcoming:

The Game
Unforgiven
Minority Report
Raiders of the Lost Ark

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It does, but the file on spleen was dead. I tried to ask for a reseed but got no response so I contacted the original uploader and nothing; so I figured that I would try and do something similar. It looks beautiful in black and white.

Also, your work on various projects was also an inspiration, so thank you.

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Thanks to you!

ROTLA is available on Soderbergh own blog, 720p - not aware of any 1080p version.

No Country for Old Men: may you post some comparison between simple desaturated source and your noir version? Thanks!

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^…^ said:

Thanks to you!

ROTLA is available on Soderbergh own blog, 720p - not aware of any 1080p version.

No Country for Old Men: may you post some comparison between simple desaturated source and your noir version? Thanks!

Gotcha…

I will give it a shot when I get back in front of the laptop.

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Might be an odd one, but I watched The Man From UNCLE (2015) with the color settings on my TV set all the way down to black and white, and thought the movie was much better for it. I would love a proper b/w version.

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suspiciouscoffee said:

Might be an odd one, but I watched The Man From UNCLE (2015) with the color settings on my TV set all the way down to black and white, and thought the movie was much better for it. I would love a proper b/w version.

It is funny you mentioned that, I was thinking about the next round and that is definitely a contender. I know for sure that I will be doing L.A. Confidential, so we will see.

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Difference between desaturated and your version is minimal… I’d go with something strong, like high contrast:

of course you can have crushed blacks and/or clipped whites, but you will decide if it’s the price you want to pay to get a different visual style; of course there are also many steps inbetween - play with contrast, brightness, gamma, and also RGB color channels. And have fun!

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I actually had quite a bit more contrast in my first version/attempt, but I found that trying find that crush/clipped balance was difficult, especially when viewed across the entire film. One scene would look really good and the next the black was so crushed, no shadow detail was evident…but as you said, playing with the levels will enable me to even more finely tune the look I am going for…

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AFAIK the various b&w versions of color films (like Logan, The Mist, Fury Road) were color corrected scene by scene (or even shot by shot), so if you would achieve a great result, you should follow this path… I know, painful, but rewarding! 😉

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This might be a case where curves are your friend. That will let you heighten the contrast without crushing the blacks or blowing out the whites. When working with photos, I’ve sometimes separated out the green channel and used that to make a B&W image with a lot more success.

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Thanks for the advice! I did go back and fiddle with a few settings, so version 2.0 should be ready shortly.

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Have you thought about adding a bit of color toning to the finished result? Old projectors had rather warm color temperatures, unlike today’s more neutral bulbs. Personally, I think a subtle amount of sepia gives black & white some richness. Just an idea. 😃

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Thanks for the advice and interest; I did opt for a stronger contrast in version 2.0. I have had to upload it to a different site due to it not being an actual fan edit, but more of an experimental preservation, so please feel free to shoot me a PM for the info on how to obtain this version. And just a friendly reminder, you MUST own a commercially available Blu ray copy of the film before you can download it.

thanks!

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