Re: Caveat emptor: Cohen Media's SEVEN CHANCES

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Ed Watz
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Caveat emptor: Cohen Media's SEVEN CHANCES

Postby Ed Watz » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:41 am

Cohen Media's BluRay restoration of SEVEN CHANCES was released in France recently with little fanfare. If you have Kino's 2011 BluRay with Eric Grayson's restoration of the Technicolor prologue, you may want to see what Cohen Media released as an alternative.

Kino Lorber:
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Cohen Media:
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Images were pulled from an online comparison. The rest of the black & white film has been given an amber tint in the CM edition.
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Re: Caveat emptor: Cohen Media's SEVEN CHANCES

Postby Ed Watz » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:24 am

A screenshot from Cohen Media's "extra" feature - discussing their restoration of SEVEN CHANCES' color prologue:

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Here's a link to the site offering additional comparison images between the Kino and Cohen restorations of SEVEN CHANCES:

http://www.dvdclassik.com/test/blu-ray- ... lu-ray-dvd

The page is in French; an English translation follows below. It sounds as though the CM restoration may have cropped the original image composition ("in order to remove the rounded corners"):

"Fiancées en folie (Seven Chances) is one of thirty films of the Keaton Project, a restoration plan carried out since 2015 by Cohen Media and the Cinémathèque of Bologna, around the works of Buster Keaton filmed between 1920 and 1928. The works were carried out in 4K by Immagine Ritrovata from the best elements provided by the international archives, including "a positive on first generation amber tinted nitrate support" as well as various complementary sources for too damaged shots. The result is quite sumptuous for a film that is over 90 years old. The whole is of a great stability, totally immaculate, but one is especially impressed by the restitution of the silver patina (the fidelity to the grain) and the quality of the rendering of the photograph, precise, detailed, with the range of grays quite nuanced (but blacks decidedly too light, a feature probably true to the original photography). Apart from a few rare shots that we sometimes feel are a little behind, like the introduction in Technicolor bichrome, the viewing conditions are ideal, luxurious ...Compared to the previous reference edition, released by Kino Lorber in 2011, the differences are less obvious concerning the sharpness and the detail but are especially felt for the change of framing (in order to remove the rounded corners), the stability (henceforth found) and the cleaning finally complete. The introduction in Technicolor is also a bit different, probably because the source material is just not the same ."
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Re: Caveat emptor: Cohen Media's SEVEN CHANCES

Postby William Ferry » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:18 pm

I don't mean to be snide, but calling this a "restoration" is like calling "The Old Oaken Bucket" Grand Opera, to steal an old comparison.


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