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Shows what 4K (Ultra HD) is really about
on 3 December 2017
This is the 4K stream of the restored version of the original film made in 1968. I have never been a great fan of Streisand so, despite her Oscar winning performance, I am not tempted to give a higher rating.
What I am particularly impressed by is the quality of this restoration. The film received several 'best cinematography' nominations after its release. This restoration shows why it was given so many nominations for its cinematography. The lighting is absolutely spot on throughout. Lighting is what reveals the modeling of Ms Streisand's face and the detail in the dresses. This 4K stream provides the image quality that allows us to see all the detail on our TVs. Even the white-on-white detail of the lace on the wedding dresses in the bride production number is clearly visible. This is detail that it is all too easy to lose through the smallest of errors in exposure or processing of the negative.
This brings me on to the quality of the colour rendering. According to the IMDb website, 'Funny Girl' was shot on 35mm negative film stock using the Technicolor process. By this time Technicolor used a single 'tripack' film. This made for simplicity of printing but at the cost of the using dyes that can fade over time. However, this restoration has the vibrancy of a print produced from a set of three strand, Technicolor negatives. The colours are stunning with no apparent signs of distortion or fading. Neutral colours (blacks, whites and greys) hold true with no hint of any hue. The greys are rendered cleanly while skin tones are very impressive. Watch out for the detail in solid colour areas like the red wallpaper and the blues of Ms Streisand's dress.
Technically this 4K restoration is very impressive. It shows us what we should be expecting in films and programs made using the 4K standard.