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[Movies] 40th Anniversary Restoration of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Receive Wide Theatrical Release
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.06.2014

IGN reports that the restored, 40th anniversary version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be getting a theatrical release in theaters later this summer. The restored version of the film will feature a new 4K transfer, which is four times the size the more commonly used 2K resolution today.

Per the official press release, this is the only transfer of the film that was made using the original 16mm A/B rolls from the film. The restoration was commissioned by MPI/Dark Sky Films, and the project was handled at the NOLO Digital Film facility in Chicago, Illinois. The process took five months of 40-hour work weeks to complete the color grading and restoration.

Speaking on the restoration, NOLO engineer Boris Seagraves stated: "This film probably needed the most restoration of any project we've done... There were hundreds, if not thousands, of instances where you'd find a splice mark cooked into the middle of a frame. Some frames would have close to two hundred dirt events on them. We also spent a lot of time stabilizing the image. When doing a digital scan of a conformed 16mm print with a splice at every cut, it can be tough to achieve the high standards we all aspire to in the era of digital cinema. What might have passed as acceptable in the 70's looks jarring now. So we worked hard to smooth out the tremors that almost inevitably occur when scanning this type of film element."

The film's director, Tobe Hooper, was also involved with the audio restoration process. He stated, "I haven't seen The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on the big screen for many, many years. This 40th anniversary restoration is absolutely the best the film has ever looked."

The world premiere for the 40th anniversary restoration will be at the SXSW Film Festival on Monday, March 10 at 9:30PM at the Topfer Theatre. Details on the wide summer release will be announced later on.


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