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http://www.starz.com/pressroom/ILM/

This Prequel-laced documentary was released on the pay-per-view channel Encore and now downloadable for MF Christmas 2010. The documentary which features new interviews with Irving Kershner - aired days before Kershner's passing.


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[align=left]ENCORE PAYS VISUAL TRIBUTE TO OSCAR®-WINNING VISUAL EFFECTS GIANT ILM IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY “INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC: CREATING THE IMPOSSIBLE”

Tom Cruise Narrates Doc Premiering November 14, 2010

Beverly Hills, CA., September 14, 2010 – Since its founding 35 years ago, Industrial Light & Magic has been the movie industry’s undisputed leader in groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling audiences and making hits into blockbusters. On Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (et/pt), Encore presents an original documentary celebrating that legacy. “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible” is directed by Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated director Leslie Iwerks and is narrated by Tom Cruise. Encore will also present five ILM-effects films starting at 2:00 p.m. with Jumanji, followed by Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.

The hour-long special has interviews with filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Film and television shows featured in the special include The Abyss, Avatar, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Robot Chicken, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Transformers, Twister, Young Sherlock Holmes and The War of the Worlds (2005), which starred narrator Cruise.

Leslie Iwerks’ documentary takes audiences behind the scenes at ILM with in depth interviews with some of the company’s top talent and showcases never before seen footage highlighting many of their pioneering milestones. From creating the first ever computer generated character in a feature film to the latest advancements in visual effects for film franchises like Transformers and Iron Man, ILM has created some of the most memorable movie moments in recent history.

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a division of Lucasfilm Ltd. and was founded by George Lucas in 1975 to create the visual effects for his space epic Star Wars. The studio originated in Van Nuys, California but moved to San Rafael, California to work on The Empire Strikes Back and is now headquartered at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco with a sister studio in Singapore.

ILM has worked on nearly 300 films in its 35 year history and has largely been the driving force behind the evolution of modern visual effects. From the liquid metal man in Terminator 2: Judgment Day to the lifelike digital dinosaurs in Jurassic park, ILM has created some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history.

ILM has received 15 Best Visual Effects Oscars® and 25 additional nominations. It has also received 23 Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of the critical role the company’s advances in technology have played in the filmmaking process. ILM is also the only entertainment company to be recognized with the National Medal of Technology.
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"adywan" noticed the documentary featured some coloring changes to Episode I: The Phantom Menace (as seen above) presumably for the HD Box Set.


Post Posted: December 27th 2010 1:07 pm
 

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This was a really fun retrospective of ILM. The Star Wars saga features prominently in the documentary, and considering how instrumental the films were to ILM and cinema in general, the prominence is entirely appropriate.

There isn't a lot of new ground here if you've seen a few of the documentaries over the years. Still, it was cool to see everything compiled chronologically. It's kind of like a "history of visual effects" from 1977-present. About the only thing that's missing from the history is WETA's work on LOTR. Otherwise, ILM remains omnipresent as innovators.


Post Posted: December 27th 2010 8:51 pm
 
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That was awesome, thanks for this!


Post Posted: December 27th 2010 10:08 pm
 
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Interesting about the color change, I hadn't noticed that when I watched it on tv. Hopefully that's a promising sign that the color problems for all the films (mainly TPM & OT) will be corrected.


Post Posted: December 30th 2010 12:53 am
 
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Thundercracker wrote:
Interesting about the color change, I hadn't noticed that when I watched it on tv. Hopefully that's a promising sign that the color problems for all the films (mainly TPM & OT) will be corrected.


I think it's safe to assume they will be. ILM has really been taking their time with the Blu-Ray versions of these films. Not only for digging through all the archives for unreleased footage but properly cleaning things up. I think they've been working on the high def versions of the films shortly after Revenge Of The Sith was released in theaters.


Post Posted: December 30th 2010 1:24 am
 
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That comparison shows the new transfer that will be used for Blu-Ray. Notice the lack of edge enhancement (dark edge lines common in DVD transfers and being phased out with HD) and generally sharper detail.

In unfortunate ILM news, original model builder Grant McCune has passed away at 67. Hollywood Reporter


Post Posted: December 30th 2010 8:32 pm
 
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It just looks like they used a new, more correct, master of Episode I, not necessarily that they changed it. The DVD in general looks wrong, similar to how the originals do now in regards to color, contrast and that sort of thing. It was one of the earliest DVDs I got and I was kinda disappointed because the trailer footage on disc 2 looked better than the actual movie.

I think the contrast to too high on the current home video version and too low in those new captures. But it still looks better.


Post Posted: December 30th 2010 11:26 pm
 
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Huh,

I never noticed before that The Phantom Menace wasn't color corrected properly. Maybe I just didn't really notice it too much to care.


Post Posted: January 1st 2011 7:45 am
 
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Raveers wrote:
I think they've been working on the high def versions of the films shortly after Revenge Of The Sith was released in theaters.


RotS and the OT were already on HD.


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The link is back up again, so no worries :-) Looking forward to watching this.


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