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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Dave B Ferris, Feb 2, 2012.
Is he the founder of Lowry Digital? If he is...RIP!!!
John was an extraordinary man.
He and I came from opposite ends of the technological arena, met in the middle, and learned from each other.
Lowry Digital, now Reliance, is in my humble opinion, still the ONLY post facility capable of removing grain, while concurrently increasing image resolution, and then re-graining (video noise, essentially) to create a viable image.
No one else even comes close.
I believe we had a mutual respect, and he will be missed greatly.
I found out driving in my car, listening to NPR, which I ususally don't do, but this I thought is a nice piece: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/01/146233635/lowry-remembered-for-restoring-classic-films Excerpt:
Also, see this older article on restoring James Bond: http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl/restoring-james-bond.html
He will be missed...but he leaves a wonderful legacy.
On the 2004 HTF national meet, I believe we went to one of the LDI facilities for part of a day. I recall having just seen the featurette included on Roman Holiday and was mightily impressed by the stacks and stacks of Apple CPUs shown in the video, and mentioned it to one of our hosts.
I also heard about Lowry's passing on NPR and was surprised to hear the news.
This is sad news.
RIP. His goals should inspire all of us who truly care about film restoration and preservation.
Until the restoration, my beloved Dr. No was the perennially neglected orphan of every VHS, Laser, and DVD iteration in the Bond canon (and there were many!). I wish I could have thanked Mr. Lowry and all those on his team and at MGM for finally giving us an edition that Mr. Harris applauded as being "Better than it deserves" [considering the elements]. Lovely!
I still don't quite understand this. What's the point of removing the original grain, only to add in fake grain later? Why not just reduce it less, or leave it be, to begin with?
Oh my goodness! This is awful news. Very sad.
I met Mr. Lowry several years ago and found him to
be a very personable individual.
We did a live chat with John in 2002
Very sorry to learn of this passing.
Sad news. R.I.P. Mr Lowry.