2020 Restoration & Preservation – Project

Here is the shortlist for our 2020’s Restoration – Project award. This award recognises …

The Short Films of Jan Kříženecký

Involved Partners: Národní filmový archiv (Prague), Hungarian Filmlab, Magiclab (Prague), Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, National Library of Norway, CESNET
Film Director: Jan Kříženecký
Original release: Various

Synopsis: The series of short documentary films, updates and sketches by innovator of Czech film, Jan Kříženecký, are a window into the early beginnings of Czech cinematography between 1898 and 1908. The collection of  “living images”, as they were called by advertisements of the time, includes all surviving productions of those years and chronicles not only novelties, attractions and important events but also the dawn of feature films.

Details: This project involved all original film materials preserved in Národní filmový archiv. Films dating from 1898 to 1908 are all on Lumière brothers’ material, with single round sprocket-holes often destroyed, making their digitisation a complex endeavor. Some prints were in pieces, scratched, dry, buckling or curling. The team did not interfere with the material by digital retouching in order to respect its historical ageing, and colour correction allows the appreciation of the amber shades in all their nuances.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Involved Partners: Network Distributing Ltd, BBC Archive, Silver Salt Restoration, R3store Studios
Film Director: Various
Original release: 1969 – 1974
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3rgAWgVvV8

Film Synopsis: Continuing Network’s commitment to releasing fully restored High Definition versions of important television programmes, this landmark and highly influential series has been painstakingly restored and reassembled by Network’s in-house team. Going back to original film and video elements ensures that all series have been restored in high definition to a level previously unseen.

Details: This is the most extensive restoration of Monty Python’s Flying Circus to date, compiling never before seen film prints of a handful of episodes only prior locatable on tape, and upscaling standard definition content as well as reinserting previously censored segments. Released as a Blu-Ray boxset in line with previous Network Distributing efforts.