Crisp still shots from the awesome new 4K restoration of the classic horror movie “Phantasm”

by on March 17, 2016

Stephan Jukic – March 17, 2016

Courtesy of the horror movie and game site, we’ve got some awesome new still shots from the recent full blown 4K UHD restoration of Don Coscarelli’s classic 1979 cult horror movie “Phantasm.” The movie went through a complete restoration to 4K resolution, conducted by Bad Robot Productions from the original 35 mm film camera negatives.

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The grisly movie was premiered in its newly upgraded form at this year’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas and both original director Coscarelli and currently famous director J.J Abrams were in attendance for the presentation.

The treasured cult horror film “Phantasm” is about a young boy who has to fight against a vicious and evil supernatural being known as the “Tall Man”, who robs graves and owns an arsenal of horrific magical weapons. Furthermore, Phantasm starred several celebrity faces that still might be familiar to some readers, with names like Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, and Kathy Lester all part of the 1979 film’s cast.


More interestingly still, Phantasm is part of a new wave of older, classic cinema production which were produced on film reel and are now being restored at a steady pace to digital 4K quality by both major and minor film production companies. Other recently restored old titles include Akira Kurosawa’s movies Ran and The Seven Samurai and in other cases, 1984’s Ghostbusters and movies like Lawrence of Arabia and the 1950’s classic Godzilla. Part of the reason for these restorations lies in the fact that 35mm and other, larger film reels all lend themselves extremely well to massive digital augmentation, often providing even larger than 10K resolution in terms of pixels when digitized.

As new 4K UHD titles of numerous recently released movies hit 4K UHD Blu-ray and streaming 4K service mediums like Netflix, we can also likely look forward to many dozens or possibly hundreds of 4K digital restorations of older classic movies from the 1930’s onward to some of these 21st century digital formats.


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