I just received the new Criterion release of Days of Heaven. Everyone here should rent or buy this DVD.
There are interviews with Haskell Wexler (who served as the fill-in DP for Nestor Almendros) and operator John Bailey. There is a small booklet as well with an AC reprint of Nestor talking about shooting the film. He talks about using natural light, pushing the old stocks to 200asa, and in extreme cases 400asa, and the new super-pana-speed ultraluminous 55mm lens that would open to F1.1. Richard Gere talks a lot about the shooting as well. Jack Fisk is in the commentary, which is a reason alone to buy it.
The HD (1.78:1 final) transfer was personally supervised by Bailey, Malick and Weber.
I had always been told this was shot on 65mm but as I thought, it wasn't. Are these rumors in so abundance because it was released on 70mm?
New Days of Heaven DVD release
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