The Art of Film Restoration: Fat City and Where the Sidewalk Ends
Twilight Time has been blessed by the wizardry of studio partners whose efforts in 4K restoration bear fruit in sparkling hi-def transfers of vintage movies for presentation on Blu-ray. This Thursday, The Reel Thing, an annual symposium sponsored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), will convene at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Mary Pickford Theater in Hollywood. The opening night screening, courtesy of Sony’s Grover Crisp, will be John Huston’s acclaimed boxing drama Fat City (1972). Also showing during the three-day event, provided by Fox’s Schawn Belston, is Otto Preminger’s crime noir Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950). Derived from these restoration efforts, Fat City (with a newly recorded commentary by film historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman) comes to hi-def Blu-ray from TT on September 8; pre-orders open on August 26. Where the Sidewalk Ends will emerge on TT Blu-ray in February 2016. For more information on The Reel Thing’s 35th-anniversary presentations and screenings as well as AMIA’s mission and projects, visit www.the-reel-thing.org.