I displayed these faded 70mm Ultra-Panavision partial film frames earlier in the thread, but after all the recent discussion regarding the rectified edges, here they are again.
It gives you some idea of just how difficult it must have been to correct those edges, not to mention a multitude of other problems.
So congratulations to all those involved in the project.
Reports indicate a stunning success.
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I ordered my copy yesterday and like all the others on the waiting list, I can't wait.
Dealing with the de-rectification was a nightmare, and the entire technical staff at Foto-Kem came through with flying colors.
There was not just a single de-rec problem. There were two. Different setups on two different optical printers in 1963, yielding two slightly different final results -- each of which was handled in a slightly different manner, beginning with digital anti-rectification mattes.
Once discs are in hand, you'll find an interesting short featurette on how the problems were handled.
One more comment -- this is a project that was far too expensive to be handled in the analogue work, ie. going back to film.
Had Criterion not stepped up to the plate, with the full cooperation of M-G-M, this film would not have been saved.
So huge thanks go to all those who contributed image and audio to the reconstruction, along with an immense thank you to the entire crew at Criterion, the incredible staff at Foto-Kem, Chace Audio, The Academy Archive, and to M-G-M, with a huge thank you to asset protection exec Scott Grossman.