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Cast Away - 35mm preservation opportunity. (a WIP)

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Cast Away is one of many Zemeckis best works and must be preserved.
Bluray itself is a decent transfer but it is a typical home video release and not as it looked on cinema in 2000.

Costs for this Russian print plus shipping is around $300.
Additional cost for the scanning will be around $236.
Total estimated cost: $530

Scanning will be 2K in 12-bit linear uncompressed DNGs and will be supervised and graded by TomArrow.
Since this print has Russian dubbed sound, we will synchronize the DTS-HD MA track and hopefully in the future add the cinema DTS tracks.

If the project is fully collected, it will be started immediately as we ensure that the purchase of reels is shipped directly from the seller to the scan facility.

This preservation project will be shared with donators.

Pledges
$340 - Sebkarlbjork
$50 - TomArrow - DONATION RECEIVED
$25 - Soupdrinker0 - DONATION RECIEVED
$20 - 3Maters - DONATION RECEIVED
$15 - Kynch (fanres) - DONATION RECEIVED
$15 - Freedomland - DONATION RECEIVED
$15 - ZackR - DONATION RECEIVED
$15 - Salle - DONATION RECEIVED
$15 - Parzival91 - DONATION RECEIVED
$10 - Trillary dump - DONATION RECEIVED
$10 - Gryfun - DONATION RECEIVED
$5 - Jerclayv2 - DONATION RECEIVED
$5 - craigbillet - DONATION RECIEVED
$5 - FilmD00d - DONATION RECEIVED

So far
$545/$530 FULLY FUNDED!

Update - June 15
Nearly there. Only $410 left to get this project fully funded.
As you already know, the film reels are from Russia and contain Russian dubbed sound. I just want to convey that it is also a US movie reels that is on sale that includes Cinema DTS CDs. That being said, the Russian film reels are good enough for our purposes. If we are lucky the seller might help us with a digital copy of the discs, for a coin. Fingers crossed.

Update - June 17
An update. The film rolls are now purchased and are now being sent for scanning. I have pledged $ 170 to the project. This means that we are soon more than halfway to fully funded. Now only $ 210 remains. I will wait to contact anyone who has donated until everything is fully funded.

Update - June 21
Good news. We have now obtained the cinema Dts files from a member over at Fanres.

Update - September 29
Good news. Cast Away print is now 100% scanned and is currently being rendered. Sample inbound.

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ooh i hope this project goes underway

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Is 2K a cost issue, as 4K offers all the pixels whereas 2K picks most up.

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Monsieur Hulot said:

Is 2K a cost issue, as 4K offers all the pixels whereas 2K picks most up.

It’s 800 CZK per reel (Czech currency). It’s roughly 30 EUR per reel, depending on the exchange rate.
Compared to a 4K scan which would be around 100 EUR per reel.

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sebkarlbjork said:

Monsieur Hulot said:

Is 2K a cost issue, as 4K offers all the pixels whereas 2K picks most up.

It’s 800 CZK per reel (Czech currency). It’s roughly 30 EUR per reel, depending on the exchange rate.
Compared to a 4K scan which would be around 100 EUR per reel.

Ah, that’s why, if so continue on at 2K, it isn’t that much of a drop. You wouldn’t notice the difference, I just was recommending 4K as it picks up all the pixels.

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You would think a good 35mm film would profit from a 4K scan but theatrical prints are at least 3rd generation copies from the original (Original negative, interpositive, internegative) and aren’t as high resolving as the original negative. And the Russian film stocks aren’t terribly high resolving either. The only thing that would likely gain noticably more detail in a 4K scan of a typical print (there are exceptions I’m sure) is the tiny scratches, dust and hair all over it. =)

For example compare some commercial Blu Rays done from the original negative against some done from the interpositive and you might already notice a slight decline in sharpness, and that’s just the first generation master copy basically.

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I’d donate 5$, if you take small amounts?

People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society.

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This looks really exciting, I’m considering donating – would the final scan be the open matte as seen in your screenshots/sample scans?

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sickfins said:

This looks really exciting, I’m considering donating – would the final scan be the open matte as seen in your screenshots/sample scans?

Glad to hear. Yes we will release it in Open matte and also a 16:9 version. If there are many who donate and who are more interested in Open matte then we prioritize it first.

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An update. The film rolls are now purchased and are now being sent for scanning. I have pledged $ 170 to the project. This means that we are soon more than halfway to fully funded. Now only $ 240 remains. I will wait to contact anyone who has donated until everything is fully funded.

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I’d like to pledge $5. It’s not much but I hope it helps.

Collector of digitally preserved 35mm feature film prints

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In for 15$.
Is this open matte 4:3? What are going to see? Matted and unmatted?😃

Amadeus 35mm-Project WIP. Help needed!!

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freedomland said:

In for 15$.
Is this open matte 4:3? What are going to see? Matted and unmatted?😃

Great, thanks Freedomland. Yes we will release both. 😃

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Mark me down for $10. Also, “WILSON!”

The user formerly known as “Trillary Dump” (it was the 2016 election…)