The restoration earns nomination for a 2016 Focal
International Award.

HOLLYWOOD—Restoration of 20th Century Fox’s 1933 classic The Power and the Glory was recently
completed at MTI Film, Hollywood. The restored version of the film is currently
submitted for a 2016 Focal International Award for Best Archive Restoration and
Preservation Project.
Directed by William K. Howard, The Power and the Glory tells the story
of a ruthless railroad tycoon who works his way up from track walker to
president of the company. The film is notable for a strong performance from a
33-year-old Spencer Tracy and for its script, the first produced by Preston Sturges.
The film is told through flashbacks and
is often cited as influencing Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and their
script for Citizen Kane. In 2014, the
Library of Congress deemed the film “historically or aesthetically significant”
and it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Restoration work at MTI Film was
supervised by 20th Century Fox’s Barbara Crandall, using elements
provided by Fox. “The quality of the source elements presented a significant
challenge,” recalls MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff. “We had two dupe negatives and
a fine grain, all of which were old, worn and warped. The fine grain was the
best of the three, but it was missing many sequences and frames.”
MTI Film first scanned all three elements
at low resolution in order to reconstruct the film and determine which element
was best used for restoring each
section or frame. They chose to use the fine grain as the principal element for
the restoration and scanned it again in its entirety in 4K. They also produced
4K scans of those portions of the dupe negatives that were to be used to
replace elements missing from the fine grain.
Once the reconstructed master was in place, the actual work
of restoration began, a process Chernoff describes as “painstaking and arduous.”
The work was split between MTI Film’s facilities in Hollywood and China, with
teams at both sites using the company’s DRS™NOVA
software to remove dust, repair scratches and address a myriad of other
problems evident in the film.
“We had to de-warp all of the film, as significant warping
had taken place over the past 70 years,” Chernoff notes. “We had to stabilize
the imagery and we made a tremendous effort to match the geometry of the dupe
negative to the fine grain to avoid bumps and distortions.”
In the final step in the process, the film was remastered
and regraded by Colorist Steve Porter with assistance from Colorist Alex
Chernoff using DigitalVision Nucoda Filmmaster. Other key tools included MTI
Film’s transcoding software Cortex and Marquis Technologies’ DCP mastering
solution Mist.
About
MTI Film LLC
Since 1997 MTI
Film has provided award winning software applications to the post-production
industry with a focus on technology for digital film restoration and digital
dailies. The CORTEX family of products go beyond comprehensive dailies to
provide full post utility including dead pixel correction, UHD UpRes and IMF
deliveries. DRS™ NOVA has been the industry standard for digital film
restoration, thanks to MTI Film’s advanced image processing research and
development.

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