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Did you ever hear the words ‘BLUE SUNSHINE’
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Blue Sunshine – 4k Restoration Project and Release update:
Its been a long time coming and we want to send out a project update regarding the 4k restoration of Jeff Lieberman’s, Blue Sunshine. First of all, the actual restoration of the picture is complete, and simply put, its wonderful. The 4k scan was performed on the Arriscan 6k film scanner, and I chose to utilize the Kodak Dice technology. For the post color work, Davinci’s Resolve was the software of choice and the best colorist I know handled the work. Phoenix Finish Software was used for the digital restoration, removing thousands of instances of dirt, scratches and other damage, that remained. Overall, the digital restoration took me approximately 40 hours.
Director Approved!!! Jeff Lieberman has been very hands on through this entire restoration. Jeff doing QC on the color correction.
This total scanning and restoration process on the whole, took quite a bit longer than most of the other completed projects we have done, simply due to the fact that this was a true 4 k restoration. So everything takes longer to do, it is essentially double the size of 2k, and nothing plays back at real time, so you have to be patient, especially while changes are rendering. All in all, the final product looks clean. Color is very consistent as well.
We had already created a few DCP’s and back up Blu-ray’s for a few of the theaters that have begun to screen the new restoration. It has been screened in Brooklyn at Nitehawk Cinema, and upstate NY at Proctor’s Theater and headed out west in November, for its LA premiere at Cinefamily. Its been a great experience so far and the last few weeks have been a bit hectic as we are beginning to ramp up the last phase; preparing the Blu-ray and media packages.
The discovery of the negative was a surprise for all of us and especially Jeff, who assumed it was lost forever. These incredibly preserved elements proved to be key for such a smooth restoration process. Out of literally hundreds of films scanned at the lab, it was unanimous that these elements were among the nicest they have ever seen. After the scan, I was able to return the long-thought lost negative back to Jeff.
So as a standalone film, it would probably still be an amazing seller, simply because the legions of fans around the world want to see this how it was meant to be seen, with crisp color and grain, and in the proper aspect ratio. We are well aware of that, and it might be available like that in the future. Our goal all along, has been to commemorate this special project with a spectacular Blu Ray/DVD release and one in which the true fans and collectors would want to cherish. The film has become a cult classic of the horror community around the world and this brand new edition, needs to be given some serious attention.
Now for the fun stuff, some of the extras and bonus material that we have been working on for several months. In order to make the project as good as it can be I have hired Elijah Drenner, a veteran producer of DVD features and docs. We have been working closely together on this project and we have also been friends for several years, which makes this much more special. I have also been working with Jim Kunz, another very well-known producer and director, and no stranger to Blue Sunshine. Together, we have begun to assemble what we think will be the ultimate edition for fans.
Blue Sunshine package Features:
•Brand new and director approved 4k scan and restoration from the original negative elements
•Brand new HD scan of original theatrical trailer from negative
•Brand New Full-Length Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Lieberman, moderated by Elijah Drenner
•Locations Featurette : Then and Now
•Q/A from ‘Jumpcut Cafe’ screening in LA
•From The Archives: The Fantasy Film Festival interview with Mick Garris and Jeff Lieberman
•Brand New Interviews with co-stars Robert Walden, Richard Crystal, script supervisor Sandy King and writer/director Jeff Lieberman.
•Exclusive CD Soundtrack with music composed by Charles Gross
•Slideshow and Ephemera Gallery
•Illustrative Liner Notes Book
Plus more to be announced!
This is a very ambitious project as you can see and we are still hard at work, and we have a few more things to knock off. There is no definitive release date as of yet, but as soon as we know, it will be posted. We do not want to jump the gun as this is getting very close to being a complete package and we want it to be done right.
We want to thank everyone in advance for all the strong support. We are very anxious to push this through this last phase and delivery something that we can all be very proud of. For now, please check out some of the mouth watering images!
Here are some screen grabs from our recent interviews to be included exclusively in the upcoming deluxe package:
In the meantime, please check out some of these final HD screen grabs from the final version of Blue Sunshine:
Thank you all very much. More to come!!