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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

FOTR 'Directors Cut' (aka EE) - sublime

Posted on 2011.06.15 at 16:58


Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2011-06-17 05:07 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't notice Hugo's eyes, this time, but Isuldur's eyes really struck me, and I don't know if I missed it before or if it is the remastering that I saw distinct gold rings in his eyes. I wonder if someone was having symbolic fun in turning up the contrast between the layers in his iris. (-,

Yes, the maps, Lee's illustration of a face on Bilbo's desk, the text on the pages of Frodo's book, the script on the outside of Aragorn's book were all sharper. But conversely, I thought the focus on everything around Bilbo as he scurried back and forth getting the table set for Gandalf was way more blurred.
mechtild at 2011-06-17 06:58 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! I saw that Lee drawing on Bilbo's desk, too, now that you mention it. I recognized it from his book of LOTR drawings, or it is one from the same series. (I think they appear in the end credits of ROTK, too.)

I didn't notice the blur you mention, but I read about the blurring in general in a review of the Blu-ray disc on a geeky DVD review site. It actually had a name, and is something that happens when they high-def sequences that don't have enough resolution to work with, or something like that. I wish I could find that review again, but it talked at length about the downside of making Blu-rays from films before high definition was out there. Something called smudging is one of them. Also I think there's an effect that over-outlines things. These things are considered faults, of course.

No, I totally missed the Rings reflected in Isildur's eyes. DOH. I really, really could see the multi-light reflections in Galadriel's eyes, though. :) I had wondered, re Elrond's eyes, whether Hugo was wearing contacts lighter than the colour of his own eyes to play Elrond, but that the contacts didn't extend all the way across his own darker irises. Since I've never seen Weaving in high def in anything else (or on the big screen at all in close-ups), I really don't know if that is a natural feature of his own eyes.

You ask such interesting questions, Lavender, I wonder if there's an article somewhere that talks explicitly about what the process actually is, in "digitally remastering" something.
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