After a long tender process and extensive testing, Dubbs and sister company Eyeframe have won the exclusive contract to manage the restoration and Blu-ray creation for The World At War in HD for FremantleMedia Enterprises.
The World at War is the acclaimed 26-episode British television documentary series on World War II and the events immediately before and after it. It was originally broadcast in 1973 by ITV. Eyeframe will be overseeing the full restoration process, including telecine, re-grading and restoration, to create a full set of HD broadcast masters as well as a complete Blu-ray box set and DVD box set. There are also plans to re-version these box sets for a number of international territories.
Pete Kalhan, Sr Vice President, Home Entertainment & Archive Sales, FME said: “The World at War continues to defy difficult times in the home entertainment sector, and indeed overall. The original production values combined with FME’s savvy brand management over 35 years means it’s had years of success. We needed a partner with the creative and technical ability to maintain the original production values and deliver new experiences to the viewer, and Eyeframe is a worthy partner.”
Eyeframe will be using a number of tools including MTI HD, and also the new Archangel HD realtime restoration system, which Eyeframe exclusively beta tested for Snell. Alongside the film restoration process, Eyeframe will be restoring the audio and creating new Dolby 5.1 and DTS audio in its Pro Tools audio suite. Dubbs will also be working on all the pan and scans involved in this project.
James Greenwall, Dubbs and Eyeframe’s Director of Sales & Marketing, said: “We are delighted to be working with FME on such an important release and product. After a year of testing, it’s fantastic to be underway, and exciting to be working alongside Snell with the new Archangel HD system.”