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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 01:23 AM

I just watched the 1964 version of Becket and was awed by the wonderful staging and cinematography in the film. I was watching it on my digital projector and thought the focus looked a little soft and the DOF was in places quiet shallow, though. Was this the result of 1964 anamorphic lens technology or could my projector have simply been a little off? I did try and adjust focus but it seemed to help slightly but it never seemed perfectly sharp and crisp. Anybody remember this film? B)
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 01:36 AM

Just saw it in the theaters in February when it was re-released just before the DVD came out.

It was restored from the three b&w separations because the color negative was apparently too degraded to use, or maybe it was missing. Optical printer reconstructions from b&w seps tend to look good, color-wise, but a little harsh and edgy, and grainier.

Some shots were a little soft due to anamorphic lenses of the day not being shot in enough light, maybe because of poor weather or low set lighting. Anamorphic zoom lenses in particular were not very good because zoom lenses were not very good back then.

Remember that this was in the day of 50 ASA color negative stocks -- you try and get an f/4 on a set the size of the cathedral in Canterbury!
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:09 AM

Remember that this was in the day of 50 ASA color negative stocks -- you try and get an f/4 on a set the size of the cathedral in Canterbury!

:lol: Good point!
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