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Criterion Goes Classic With Digital Vision DVNR Leading DVD producer
invests in system for work on classic films (April 14,2005)

Digital Vision, a leader in image processing for post-production,
announced today that The Criterion Collection, New York, NY, has
ordered Digital Vision's DVNR HD RGB Image Processing system. The
order also includes Digital Vision's latest generation Grain & Noise
Management system AGR4 and Film Dirt & Scratch Concealer ASC3 with
Motion Estimation. The system supports standard definition, high
definition, and the new dual-link RGB/YUV formats.

The Criterion Collection, a continuously growing series of important
classic and contemporary films, is dedicated to gathering the greatest
films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer
the highest technical quality and award-winning original supplements.
Criterion began with a mission to pull the treasures of world cinema
out of the film vaults and put them in the hands of collectors.

The foundation of the collection is the work of such masters of cinema
as Renoir, Godard, Kurosawa, Cocteau, Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky,
Hitchcock, Fuller, Lean, Kubrick, Lang, Sturges, Dreyer, Eisenstein,
Ozu, Sirk, Bu˝uel, Powell and Pressburger. Each film is presented
uncut, in its original aspect ratio, as its maker intended it to be
seen. For every disc, Criterion tracks down the best available film
elements in the world, uses state-of-the-art telecine equipment and a
select few colorists capable of meeting its rigorous standards, and
take time during the film-to-video digital transfer to create the most
pristine possible image and sound. Whenever possible, Criterion works
with directors and cinematographers to assure that the look of these
releases does justice to their intentions. Criterion's supplements
enable viewers to appreciate Criterion films in context, through audio
commentaries by filmmakers and scholars, restored director's cuts,
deleted scenes, documentaries, shooting scripts, early shorts, and
storyboards. To date, more than 35 filmmakers have made Criterion's
Director Approved library of laserdiscs and DVDs the most significant
archive of contemporary filmmaking available to the home viewer.


Criterion had experience with Digital Vision products from systems
installed previously, but was particularly pleased with the newest
DVNR as it enables Criterion to increase its productivity as its
restoration projects also increase. In particular, the motion
estimation technology was cited as a strong factor in the decision.
The Digital Vision system integrates smoothly with other equipment
Criterion utilizes, and its ease-of-use enhances efficiency.

During evaluation, the DVNR was utilized for restoration on a 1950's
English movie, The Browning Version, which had 'very bad dirt and
developing problems in the remaining film elements', as well as the
film Seven Samurai. Lee Kline, Technical Director at Criterion,
comments, "We really liked what the DVNR was doing, and that we could
see exactly what it was doing - it was more obvious what it was
removing - and we were able to really fine tune the movies and clean
them up in a way that we couldn't do previously. It does what we want
to do - but better."

He adds, "We're going to do restoration on many more movies in the
future, but we want to do it with less effort in the manual phases
whenever possible. Any product we invest in has to produce
better-looking results, and the DVNR accomplishes that. We're
minimizing the amount of work that has to be done frame-by-frame, and
it allows us to clean up more dirt and debris with less artifacts. Our
relationship with Digital Vision has been a strong one, and we find
the company great to work with; they're very responsive."

"We are very pleased to once again get recognition for our technology
and the benefits it provide our customers. Criterion is a leader in
the restoration business and their choice of technology will be
followed closely by others." says Hugh Heinsohn, President of Digital
Vision in the US.

The DVNR, in conjunction with the latest AGR4 and ASC3, incorporates
sophisticated Motion Estimation (ME) engines that allows the system to
apply a variety of temporal and spatial filters to an image, including
sections that contain frame-to-frame motion. The processing power
provided by the new ME algorithms will help Criterion provide faster
service and improved picture quality to its clients. Automating the
scratch and dirt concealment process ensures that the colorist can
concentrate on the principle task of creating the 'look' of the
commercial or feature film and be confident that undesirable artifacts
are removed in real time and without compromising picture quality.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision provides innovative image restoration, enhancement,
colour correction and data conforming systems that major movie
studios, television networks and postproduction facilities use to
produce and enhance feature films, TV programs and commercials. The
company's Nucoda product line provides a strong suite of products for
the burgeoning digital intermediate 2K/4K market. The company's
award-winning products are a standard of the media & entertainment
industry and are deployed at top facilities around the world.

Digital Vision AB was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in
Stockholm, Sweden, with two wholly owned subsidiaries, Digital Vision
(US) in Los Angeles, California, and Nucoda Ltd in London, England.
The company maintains its global presence through a network of
qualified distributors. Digital Vision is listed on the Stockholm
stock exchange.

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Allan wrote:

> The foundation of the collection is the work of such masters of cinema
> as Renoir, Godard, Kurosawa, Cocteau, Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky,
> Hitchcock, Fuller, Lean, Kubrick, Lang, Sturges, Dreyer, Eisenstein,
> Ozu, Sirk, Bu˝uel, Powell and Pressburger.

They forgot to add Bay to the list...
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John,(E-Mail Removed) says...
> They forgot to add Bay to the list...

Perhaps they'd like to forget that ever happened.
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