Bob Furmanek has stated before that Warner Bros. appropriates six-figure budgets for all of their 3-D restorations. This kind of expense is simply not economical. The 3-D Film Archive, on the other hand, spends about $10,000 to $14,000 on each 3-D film restoration.
If Warner's does release more of their 3-D titles, it doesn't matter whether their MPI lab does the work or a 3rd party like the 3-D Film Archive does it as long as the costs are reasonable and economical. So far, nobody except the 3-D Film Archive has done high-quality 3-D film scanning and restoration (vertical alignment fixing, panel matching, etc) in an economical manner. If MPI can and will do it, then great, but so far nothing is happening.
What I believe RAH is saying is that the 3D Film Archive does not create asset data. They work with what they are given to create acceptable Blu-ray releases.I'll let Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz answer that one.
What I believe RAH is saying is that the 3D Film Archive does not create asset data. They work with what they are given to create acceptable Blu-ray releases.
I'm not sure what you mean by "asset data".
I know that RAH said something similar about September Storm last year. Basically saying it couldn't be done for the $25,000 price the Kickstarter campaign was asking for. The entire print negative was scanned and restored and put onto 3-D Blu-Ray. There were no previously scanned elements they worked with. In fact, the owner didn't even know he had a 3-D print negative until Bob checked the vaults.
The word "asset" refers to true preservation, and the ability to record to a full resolution negative on 35mm film.
Anything less is not considered a studio asset.
At the risk of sounding confused.... hasn't WB been doing a creditable if not excellent job of preserving the assets on its '50s 3D classics? If yes, then why would it be a problem for 3D Film Archive to do a comparably bang-up job on WB titles? (If the answer is "no," then I'll stand corrected.)
Sorry, but with all due respect, a 3-D restoration, creating true, full resolution asset data, cannot be performed for 10-14k.