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The Titfield Thunderbolt in January

Studiocanal have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of The Titfield Thunderbolt on 14 January 2013. This Ealing comedy classic was the first film to be shot in technicolor by the renowned Studio and is celebrating its 60th year anniversary since its original release in 1953, Written by Academy Award Winner and Ealing regular T.E.B. Clarke and directed by Academy Award nominee Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda), the film is a comical tale of community spirit that has been digitally restored for this release.

Extras include:

  • Making the Titfield Thunderbolt
  • Douglas Slocombe Home Movie Footage
  • The Lion Locomotive
  • Locations Featurette
  • Stills Gallery
  • Restoration comparison
  • Douglas Slocombe on Charles Crichton audio interview
  • Trailer

Notes on the restoration from the press release: Pinewood Studio who undertook the restoration determined that the best material we had was the recombined 3 stripe dupe negative. This was benched checked and cleaned it ultra-sonically before commencing with a 2k scan using a northlight 2 pin scanner. An issue with films that use a three colour process is that overtime they can exhibit registration issues this manifests as a red and blue halos around objects where the colours don’t quite meet up due to shrinkage. Luckily these days computers are sophisticated enough to correct all but the most severe instances which were found on every shot. As this was this being the first colour Ealing the grade was carried out by award winning grader Vincent Narduzzo. Pinewood then spent over 100 hours digitally restoring the title, removing dirt and scratches where possible.

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