‘Batman’ brings back old colors

The latest “Batman & Robin” launches today with pricey, cutting-edge special effects, but some moviegoers will see prints of the movie that draw technology from 20 years ago.

Selected theaters will show prints that use a Technicolor dye-transfer process not used since the mid-1970s. Technicolor landed a deal with Warner Bros. to bring the process back — on an experimental basis — with “Batman & Robin”: producer Peter Macgregor-Scott says the process gives the print much more vibrant colors and whites and blacks. Technicolor’s goal is to eventually make the process available for bulk release.

Technicolor provided the studio with two prints, to be screened this weekend at Mann’s Village in Westwood and at the Mann’s Chinese Theater, from June 27-29. Screenings also are planned on those dates at the Loew’s Astor Midtown in New York.

The dye-transfer process uses three single color records known as matrices, which are printed directly from the original color negative camera film. Each matrix is dyed and then each dye is transferred to a single ribbon of print film incorporating all colors.

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