Restored classics attracting film buffs to format

Oddly, some of the tailwind for 4K is coming from movies that were shot when “digital cinema” would have meant movies of your fingers.

Restorations of classic films — unofficially known as “4K classics” — have stirred interest in 4K among movie lovers and pros. Christie recently presented a 4K treatment of “North by Northwest” at the Mann’s Chinese Theater. Sony Digital partnered on “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” also screened in 4K recently.

Warner Bros., which along with Sony has been especially strong in its support of 4K, partnered with Sony Digital for a restored 4K-version of “Doctor Zhivago.”

“It gives new life to some of these classic films,” Christie senior project manager Brian Claypool said of the high-res treatment. “Some of the comments made after the film were ‘Wow, I never knew Eva Marie Saint had wrinkles on her forehead.'”

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