The Blu-ray is out of print (but that may not be a bad thing)

The Blu-ray is out of print (but that may not be a bad thing)

28 Days Later was shot within the early days of digital video and sports activities a novel (however dated) look. Ought to the brand new rightsholder tweak it for 4k?

In case you have Hulu (or Disney Star in Canada), you might need observed that Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is not out there. Certainly, Disney misplaced the rights to the independently financed authentic movie, with them now solely proudly owning the rights to the Searchlight-financed sequel, 28 Weeks Later. That’s why you may’t discover it on streaming websites and why the Blu-ray Disc is out of print. Sony now owns the rights to the movie, with it being a part of the package deal they acquired after they purchased the rights to finance the upcoming Danny Boyle/ Alex Garland sequel, 28 Years Later.

So, presumably, Sony will probably be reissuing the movie within the close to future, and there’s an opportunity that after they do, it’ll look significantly better than it ever did earlier than. You see, 28 Days Later was one of many first movies to be shot digitally. Certainly, the digicam it was shot on, the Cannon XL-1, has a regular definition decision of 720×576. That’s why the film appears to be like just about the identical on DVD as on Blu-ray, as you’re simply watching an upconversion. As for a 4K launch, the actual fact is 28 Days Later is rarely going to look nearly as good as some horror followers may count on. It was shot to look a sure manner. However I do really feel that Sony, with Boyle and Alex Garland and the unique DP Anthony Dod Mantle, is perhaps engaged on a restoration to enhance how the movie appears to be like on digital media. Granted, that is pure hypothesis, however expertise has come a good distance, and there’s the potential for a restoration of 28 Days Later to look considerably totally different as soon as it comes out.

That mentioned, ought to it look totally different?

Right here’s the factor – these motion pictures that had been shot in early digital video have been problematic of their switch to 1080p, by no means thoughts 4K. For his or her launch of Spike Lee’s Bamboozled on Blu-ray, Criterion was in a position to tweak the film’s look in a manner that was trustworthy to the unique model however nonetheless made it look higher than it ever did on DVD earlier than. Sony will probably use some magic to make 28 Days Later look considerably totally different than it ever has earlier than.

However is {that a} good factor?

Given how the film’s look compliments its tone, maybe they’ll put out two variations, one restored and one unrestored. No matter occurs to the movie will probably be with probably be with Danny Boyle’s full approval. Nonetheless, I believe when it lastly comes again out, it’ll spot a controversial however presumably revelatory new look.

Do you suppose they need to tweak the way in which 28 Days Later appears to be like? Or ought to they only go away properly sufficient alone? Tell us within the feedback.


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