Should the digital look of 28 Days Later be tweaked for 4K?


28 Days Later was shot within the early days of digital video and sports activities a novel (however dated) look. Should the brand new rightsholder tweak it for 4k?

Danny Boyle and Alex Garland's 28 Days Later sequel 28 Years Later (and another sequel beyond that) acquired by Sony

If you might have Hulu (or Disney Star in Canada), you may need observed that Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is now not accessible. Indeed, Disney misplaced the rights to the independently financed authentic movie, with them now solely proudly owning the rights to the Searchlight-financed sequel, 28 Weeks Later. That’s why you’ll be able to’t discover it on streaming websites and why the Blu-ray Disc is out of print. Sony now owns the rights to the movie, with it being a part of the bundle they acquired when they purchased the rights to finance the upcoming Danny Boyle/ Alex Garland sequel, 28 Years Later. So, presumably, Sony can be reissuing the movie within the close to future, and there’s an opportunity that after they do, it’ll look significantly better than it ever did earlier than. But why?

28 Days Later was shot with primitive digital tech:

You see, 28 Days Later was one of many first movies to be shot digitally. Indeed, the digital camera it was shot on, the Cannon XL-1, has a normal definition decision of 720×576. That’s why the film appears to be like just about the identical on DVD as on Blu-ray, as you’re simply watching an upconversion. As for a 4K launch, the very fact is 28 Days Later isn’t going to look pretty much as good as some horror followers may count on. It was shot to look a sure means. But I do really feel that Sony, with Boyle and Alex Garland and the unique DP Anthony Dod Mantle, is perhaps engaged on a restoration to enhance how the movie appears to be like on digital media. Granted, that is pure hypothesis, however expertise has come a good distance, and there’s the potential for a restoration of 28 Days Later to look considerably completely different as soon as it comes out.

That stated, ought to it look completely different?

Here’s the factor – these films that have been shot in early digital video have been problematic of their switch to 1080p, by no means thoughts 4K. For their launch of Spike Lee’s Bamboozled on Blu-ray, Criterion was capable of tweak the film’s look in a means that was trustworthy to the unique model however nonetheless made it look higher than it ever did on DVD earlier than. Sony will probably use some magic to make 28 Days Later look considerably completely different than it ever has earlier than.

But is {that a} good factor?

Given how the film’s look compliments its tone, maybe they’ll put out two variations, one restored and one unrestored. Whatever occurs to the movie can be with probably be with Danny Boyle’s full approval. Still, I feel when it lastly comes again out, it is going to spot a controversial however presumably revelatory new look.

However, take into account what’s occurring with the brand new James Cameron 4K transfers for Aliens, True Lies and The Abyss. Some followers don’t like how completely different the movies look on 4K and that’s nothing in comparison with what a 28 Days Later improve would appear to be. At what level does it transcend restoration and turn out to be revisionist filmmaking?

Do you assume they need to tweak the best way 28 Days Later appears to be like? Or ought to they only go away properly sufficient alone? Let us know within the feedback.


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