Leading repertory cinema Film Forum to showcase Digital Cinema Packages

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“This Is DCP,” a one-week festival of 13 classic films presented in state-of-the-art Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs), will run at New York’s Film Forum March 2-8.

Since its inception 25 years ago, Film Forum’s repertory screen has presented classic films in the best possible 35mm prints, premiering nearly 1,000 new prints and restorations along the way. (The theatre’s current calendar includes 45 35mm prints, ten of them brand-new). While Film Forum is still committed to showing classic films on film, management feels the tremendous advances being made in transferring classics to DCP, the industry standard, can’t be ignored. The best DCPs scan original negatives at such a high rate that all of the attributes of a photochemically produced 35mm (or even 70mm) print—the detail, color density, film grain, etc.—are vividly re-created and even exceeded.

Selected by Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum’s director of repertory programming, the 13 movies included in the “This Is DCP” festival are among the crème de la crème of classics on DCP. On opening weekend, Sony Pictures’ Grover Crisp, a leader in film restoration, will be on hand to explain the technical side. On Friday and Saturday, Crisp will demonstrate the DCP format with “Strangelove Side by Side,” splitting the screen between a 35mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (from the restored photochemical restoration) and Sony’s 4K DCP restoration. The demonstration will be followed by a Q&A and a screening of the full feature on DCP.

The opening weekend also spotlights some of Crisp’s other stunning DCP restorations, including Taxi Driver, From Here to Eternity, Bye Bye Birdie, Five Easy Pieces, and The Guns of Navarone, which will be having its New York restoration premiere.

Says Goldstein, “The intention is to introduce this format to our audience—to demonstrate that this level of digital restoration can achieve results as beautiful as in a new 35mm print, at times even more beautiful. We want to make it clear that DCP will not be replacing 35mm at Film Forum, especially as only a handful of classics are now available in the new format. But in the coming years, it will be impossible to rely on only one of these formats, especially in putting together the kinds of festivals we’re known for.”

For more information, visit www.filmforum.org.