Dersu Uzala OMG!!!
Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:41 AM
Posted 07 September 2010 - 11:02 AM
DERSU UZALA was shown some time ago at the Karlsruhe widescreen festival, and it was most impressive. On a large screen, one notices they had some problems with very long telephoto lenses, focus pulling seems somewhate crude to modern standards. But the beauty of Kurosawa's images it stunning.
Here are some screen shots, scroll down on the page and click on some images to see them full sized.
Dersu Uzala screen shots
Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:57 PM
The film is absolutely wonderful anyway. Here's hoping that I can still catch a 70mm screening of it one day...
Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:09 PM
If anybody is nearby, you might want to check it out!
Posted 07 September 2010 - 04:10 PM
Those caps of "Dersu" were amazing! Makes me wonder, with a print available with that quality, that Kino keeps peddling their sh*tty dvd based on that mangy old 35mm print.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:30 AM
As for reduction print quality, I never saw a single 35mm reduction print from Russian or Eastern Europe 70mm productions with decent quality. Either it had to do with the dupe stock they used or the optical system - in the book WIDESCREEN CINEMA AND STEREOPHONIC SOUND by M.V. Vysockij (english translation ed. by Raymond Spottiswode, 1971) they describe an optical reduction printer which uses a small glass screen and a kind of Scheimpflug arrangement to compress or expand the image between film formats.
Never understood how it was supposed to work, only a crude line drawing was shown.
In Eastern Germany (GDR), DEFA studios built their own 70-35 printer, but from descriptions, they did not create a new printing lens but adapted existing anamorphics. The reductions I saw from GDR-made 70mm films also looked no better, sometimes worse than 35-35 prints.
Given the fact that Russian anamorphics (like back anamorphosers for zoom lenses or the Konvas/Kinor deanamorphic viewfinder) were excellent, I'd like to know why they never got reduction printing quite right.
Edited by Christian Appelt, 08 September 2010 - 10:32 AM.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 04:03 PM