I recently purchased a projector and went abouts setting it up and tweaking all the settings that I could. I decided to put in my Interstellar BluRay so I could see the magnificent Black Hole projected at 125" to relive the experience from in theaters.
I continued to scrub through the film, in awe at how well it looked. Then I came to the scene on Miller’s planet (the water one…giant waves…you’ve seen it) and remembered the 70mm film cell that came with the BluRay. The frame I possess is of Dr. Brand (Anne Hathaway) stuck underneath the wreckage in the water, which is why i remembered the cell.
I thought it would be a good idea to calibrate my projector using that shot because I had an “accurate version” to hold in my hand. I soon became frustrated because my efforts ceased to come close to what was on the cell. I looked up numerous settings that others with the same projector had posted online, and none came close. Most turned out to be awful to look at.
…And then it occurred to me, that maybe it wasn’t my projector at fault. It might just be the BluRay itself!
It’s been over a year since I watched the film last on BluRay and this seen seems to lack most of the color I remember from watching it in the theater. For the most part, the film looks great, but this scene in particular is very washed out. I know that other Nolan films, like The Dark Knight, have been given some love and attention on the forums, so I looked to see if anyone has tackled Interstellar.
The Raiders of the Lost Ark - 35 mm regrade by Dr.Dre is a great Topic, as are all of Dr.Dre’s color endeavors, but it’s the older films that get the regrades.
I ripped the Film off of the BluRay and found the same frame as the physical 70mm I have.
I did my best to photograph the Film cell with even white light, because I lack a legit film scanner and scanning on my printer bed produced unusable results. After photographing I spent close to an hour adjusting the white balance, contrast and vibrance to match what it looks like in real life. It now looks damn near identical -
With Dr.Dre’s ColorMatching Tool I came up with this
When comparing the before and after, I can’t resist giving the rest of the Film such treatment.
I would love to hear other’s input and ideas concerning the BluRay and 70mm cells.
Thank You Dr.Dre for your amazing tools!
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