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Sony discusses ‘Taxi Driver’ Blu-ray Restoration

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‘You talkin’ to me?’ is undoubtedly one of the greatest lines in movie history, proudly charting at 10 in AFI’s Top 100 Movie Quotes.

So it’s fantastic news for fans of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ that they’ll soon be able to watch Robert De Niro utter the infamous words in high definition as Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed the film is  undergoing a meticulous restoration process on it’s journey to Blu-ray Disc.

In a recent interview with The Digital Bits, Senior Vice president for Film Restoration Grover Crisp discussed at length why so much care is being taken to preserve the spirit of the original. Crisp chatted about Scorsese’s personal involvement in the project alongside original cinematographer Michael Chapman and the technical challenges they faced including damage to the original and lost frames.

‘Scorsese insisted that the restoration should look like “a product of the time and place in which it was made,” with no attempt to modernize the look or the color palette, with special mention of the shooting scene at the end of the film.’

When questioned on the idea that overly processed films often look artificial, Crisp agreed and talked about the need to keep fans of the original happy by not pursuing that kind of result.

‘People are entitled to their opinion on this subject, and lots of people have opinions on this, but we try to take a fairly authentic and neutral approach to every title – and they all differ in certain ways – so that each title looks, feels, sounds, like a product of its time and place, while trying to make them look their absolute best on Blu-ray.’

To read the full article visit Blu-ray.com.

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