RRsat restores cult classic for ITV Studios18 December 2013
RRsat Europe has recently restored the cult 1961 British film Victim for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. ITV Studios Global Entertainment sourced and delivered the necessary elements to RRsat Europe’s facility in West London, for preparation, cleaning, scanning and audio and video restoration.
The 35mm Original Negative and 35mm Finegrain had some inherent damage due to age, such as badly tram-lined sections and fluid damage. However, the specialist team at RRsat Europe were able to successfully restore the film, and on re-release as a DCP it was described on the BFI website as an ‘immaculate restoration’. The end result of the team’s work was Super 2K scans of both restored and unrestored elements preserved for future access.
“This film is a significant piece of British film history,” commented Rod Carter, head of Operations for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “We were concerned therefore, with ensuring that it was restored to a level that meant it was preserved for future generations.
“We have worked with RRsat Europe for a number of years now, and they have delivered some excellent projects, such as the Prime Suspect restoration last year. So they have demonstrated the necessary technical expertise and service required to restore a culturally valuable project such as this.”
Matt Bowman, commercial director at RRsat Europe, added: “As with most older content such as Victim, there are a number of problems that arise with the elements due to their age. Using a number of techniques, the team painstakingly scanned, cleaned and assembled the new film to a point that suited this British classic.
“We’re incredibly proud to work on such classics to ensure that the legacy of British film makers is viewed in the manner in which it was intended.”