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February 23, 2012

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Josh Z

The Special Edition DVD of Singin' in the Rain was the first of Warner's "Ultra Resolution" transfers. As I recall, each of the three Technicolor layers was scanned separately at 2k resolution and then composited digitally. That master WAS projected theatrically during a brief run to promote the DVD.

That's not to say that it's necessarily up to modern standards, but I'm fairly certain it wasn't 1080i.

Unfortunately, because the original negatives were lost in a fire, Warner had to use the black & white positive safeties for the transfer. Any new transfer would use the same materials.

The Fanciful Norwegian

The 1080i data comes from a WB representative (http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=87323), which agrees with the timelines I've seen stating that Warner only started doing 2K/1080p masters in 2002 (2K and 1080p are technically different but almost the same resolution-wise). As far as I can tell "Ultra Resolution" refers only to a technique of separating and recombining three-strip elements, not a specific resolution -- some older Ultra Resolution titles were done at 2K, later ones at 4K. WB is now doing 8K masters of some titles, but I don't believe they're still using the term.

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