Watch how Criterion restores the world’s best movies

Only the best movies get rereleases from Criterion, but it often takes a lot of polishing, editing, and preservation to bring older selections into the beautiful condition that viewers expect. To see a bit of that restoration process, Gizmodo dropped by the Criterion offices in New York as it was beginning work on Alfred Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent. In a video, Criterion staff describe how they take a film from negatives to a digital print. In this case, its staff had everything they needed to produce a good release: “When you can get the original negative and it’s in good condition, you’re in great shape,” Lee Kline, a technical director for Criterion, tells Gizmodo.

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