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Old 04-12-2018, 06:26 AM   #1
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China Film Archive will present its first 4K restorations of The Yellow Earth and The Horse Thief at Beijing International Film Festival this year. These are the first 4K restorations done by Chinese archive itself.







Judging from the screenshots of The Yellow Earth, it's a huge leap from the nearly unwatchable old DVD, also the aspect ratio was restored into 1.66:1, more information on top and bottom were revealed, I remember many awkward composition in the old DVD, the new restored version should improve these problems.

Now here's the unbelievable thing, the China Film Archive said they used the software to add the frames when restoring The Horse Thief and produced the new restoration in 48fps. WTF??????? Such kind of act make no difference than coloring a B&W film when restoring it, what the hell were they thinking??? And the Archive seems very proud of it and state it "the first to do this in the whole world"...

Anyway, I just hope the new restoration of The Yellow Earth could eventually release on blu-ray, though I know there's very little hope.
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China Film Archive will present its first 4K restorations of The Yellow Earth and The Horse Thief at Beijing International Film Festival this year. These are the first 4K restorations done by Chinese archive itself.







Judging from the screenshots of The Yellow Earth, it's a huge leap from the nearly unwatchable old DVD, also the aspect ratio was restored into 1.66:1, more information on top and bottom were revealed, I remember many awkward composition in the old DVD, the new restored version should improve these problems.

Now here's the unbelievable thing, the China Film Archive said they used the software to add the frames when restoring The Horse Thief and produced the new restoration in 48fps. WTF??????? Such kind of act make no difference than coloring a B&W film when restoring it, what the hell were they thinking??? And the Archive seems very proud of it and state it "the first to do this in the whole world"...

Anyway, I just hope the new restoration of The Yellow Earth could eventually release on blu-ray, though I know there's very little hope.

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Someone back from the screening of 4K restored The Horse Thief said not only the 48fps is quite distracting, DNR also applied, film grain is barely visible. There's a lot mess China Film Archive did on restoring films but I think The Horse Thief 4K restoration is the most ridiculous by far.
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