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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #30 on: Nov 04, 2012 at 10:12 AM »
Yeah, although mga current local movies, pangit pa rin audio until now.

Baka naman sa SM ka nanonood? ;)
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #31 on: Nov 04, 2012 at 11:33 AM »
Hahaha! Sa Eastwood. Parang hindi man lang stereo.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #32 on: Nov 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM »
Can't wait for MATA! Any news if they plan to finally release these on Blu-ray?

Me too...both are in full hd na!  :)

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #33 on: Nov 04, 2012 at 06:26 PM »
Hahaha! Sa Eastwood. Parang hindi man lang stereo.

Going a bit OT here: Just because local studios can take advantage of Dolby Digital sound in theaters, it doesn't mean they should, without giving it careful thought. We saw the trailer of 24/7 in Love in a digital cinema, and they had the music blaring left and right behind our heads, while the action and dialog was ongoing in front of us on the screen. It was more confusing and annoying than amazing.

Not that I'd ever actually watch that Love, Actually-patterned film.  ;D
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #34 on: Nov 12, 2012 at 01:26 AM »
Just saw the digitally restored version of "Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie" (1994) on TV tonight. And gah, it looks quite pristine compared to the one they used to air at Cinema One. Too bad I can't get over Aiko Melendez' waaaaaay over-the-top acting. (And she seriously won a Best Actress award for this? Damn.)

Anyways, this gives me hope for the future HD releases of ABS-CBN Film Archives. =)

Side note: I read an article today saying that we have had over 8,000 films since the birth of cinema in the country, but only 3,000 of these still exist, of which around 2,500 are housed at the ABS-CBN Film Archives. And we don't even have a national film archive center. Wow.

If only...

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #35 on: Nov 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM »
Oro's restored preem will be for invitation only. But they will be showing the film in cinemas early next year.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #36 on: Nov 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM »
Just saw the digitally restored version of "Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie" (1994) on TV tonight.

... :P
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #37 on: Nov 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM »
around 2,500 are housed at the ABS-CBN Film Archives. And we don't even have a national film archive center. Wow.

We have a de facto one, with ABS CBN. I hear Carlitos preserves his films well, don't know how well. And same with FPJ's estate. ABS CBN is it, for better or worse.

But if they're focusing on stuff like Maalaala Mo Kaya, I don't know


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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #38 on: Nov 26, 2012 at 08:48 PM »
Guys, you can watch the restored version of HIMALA for FREE on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at several SM Cinemas. Just follow the Facebook link below and click the "Free Movie Day" icon. You can choose where and what time you want to watch (1PM, 4PM or 7PM).

https://www.facebook.com/eplus.sm

And if HIMALA isn't a film you'd like to see, there are other new Pinoy indies you can watch for free instead.
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #39 on: Nov 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM »
Nyaargh! Weekday? Sana sa gabi at wala akong work that night. Siguro naman hindi lang one day, right? Can't wait. When kaya ang home release?

Next (and only other) screening for ORO PLATA MATA at the festival is on December 2, 3PM at Shangrila Cineplex.

Saw it tonight thanks to keating. Still an experience after all these years. Great restoration, but I think the audio of Galleria Cinema 2 is funky. You could barely make out the dialogue during the opening party scene. The background sound was too loud, the voices were soft and tinny. Fortunately once the party ended, audio seemed to be normal.
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #40 on: Nov 29, 2012 at 01:38 AM »
Manuel Conde's Genghis Khan is going to be screened this Friday as part of CinemaOne Film Festival.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #41 on: Nov 29, 2012 at 04:05 AM »
We have a de facto one, with ABS CBN. I hear Carlitos preserves his films well, don't know how well. And same with FPJ's estate. ABS CBN is it, for better or worse.

But if they're focusing on stuff like Maalaala Mo Kaya, I don't know



Heard we finally have an official film archive now, the National Film Archive of the Philippines (NFAP), established late this year. They own the restored version of Manuel Conde's Genghis Khan and are working on Gerry de Leon's film as well. Sounds like great news to me.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #42 on: Nov 30, 2012 at 07:16 PM »
These developments are wonderful news; I will go as far as declaring that this rediscovery of Conde's Genghis Khan is the most significant news in the film culture scene since the end of cinema's second golden age in the early 1980s!!
But the announcement made to restore titles such as Maalaala Mo Kaya, Anak, et al as the Archive's next project is, I think, a step in the wrong direction. The films mentioned are good ones (Tanging Yaman is a favourite of mine), to be fair, but they are far from being the classics in the league of Genghis Khan, Himala, and Oro,Plata,Mata. These Star Cinema titles are relatively minor works from their respective directors, and the ones that obviously needs resurrecting and re-introduced to a new generation of film-lovers are these film-makers best works (masterpieces, even): the late Marilou Diaz-Abaya's Brutal and Moral,  Laurice Guillen's Salome and Init sa Magdamag, other works by Peque Gallaga and Ishmael Bernal, plus ouvres by other great directors such as Gerry De Leon, Lamberto Avellana, Manuel Silos, Eddie Romero, Lino Brocka, Mike De Leon, Celso Ad Castillo, the list can go on...
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #43 on: Dec 01, 2012 at 10:14 AM »
Next (and only other) screening for ORO PLATA MATA at the festival is on December 2, 3PM at Shangrila Cineplex.

Saw it tonight thanks to keating. Still an experience after all these years. Great restoration, but I think the audio of Galleria Cinema 2 is funky. You could barely make out the dialogue during the opening party scene. The background sound was too loud, the voices were soft and tinny. Fortunately once the party ended, audio seemed to be normal.

Welcome Mr. Hankey. Missed it badly I have work in Davao. But will see it again on Sunday at Shang Cineplex.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #44 on: Dec 01, 2012 at 02:12 PM »
Bro, reserved seating ba iyan? Planning to watch na rin on Sunday.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #45 on: Dec 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM »
Yep its reserved seating na, Dan. The screening is open to the public.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #46 on: Dec 03, 2012 at 11:48 PM »
Yep its reserved seating na, Dan. The screening is open to the public.
Sucks. Would've loved to see it. I guess I should just wait for the regular release. T.T

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #47 on: Dec 04, 2012 at 06:30 AM »
Sucks. Would've loved to see it. I guess I should just wait for the regular release. T.T

As per my understanding of keating's earlier post, the screening on Sunday is reserved seating and open to the public. It's not "by invitation only", so anyone may watch it.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #48 on: Dec 04, 2012 at 12:57 PM »
The launching of the coffeetable book of HIMALA will be today at 5pm also in Shang, followed by the docu and 9:30 pm the restored version of the film.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #49 on: Dec 05, 2012 at 09:42 PM »
As per my understanding of keating's earlier post, the screening on Sunday is reserved seating and open to the public. It's not "by invitation only", so anyone may watch it.
Lol yes, I know. It's just too bad I read it a day too late.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #50 on: Dec 06, 2012 at 07:52 AM »
Lol yes, I know. It's just too bad I read it a day too late.

LOL! I understand your post now. Sorry, did not pay attention to the posting dates earlier.... :-[

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #51 on: Dec 09, 2012 at 09:34 PM »
LOL! I understand your post now. Sorry, did not pay attention to the posting dates earlier.... :-[

LOL it's okay. >.<

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #52 on: Dec 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM »
Since restored na naman dapat i-release na to as the first pinoy BD, in all subtitles/languages available para Represent!
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #53 on: Dec 11, 2012 at 02:28 AM »
Any news on this? Has anyone here seen Himala HD projected on a big screen?  How's the restoration work?

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #54 on: Dec 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM »
Any news on this? Has anyone here seen Himala HD projected on a big screen?  How's the restoration work?

It looks great, definitely the best the movie has looked EVEEER.

Anyways, the DVD is out this Wednesday, December 19th. You can pre-order your copy here:
http://astrovision.multiply.com/products/listing/10102/Himala-DVD-?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=addthis&utm_campaign=astrovision

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #55 on: Dec 23, 2012 at 01:13 AM »
Just got the Himala 2-disc restored, remastered version on DVD. My initial impressions:

- Compared to the previous DVD release, it is an improvement by leaps and bounds.

- Video quality is what's expected of DVD releases (a few notches below Bluray 1080p) at 16:9 anamorphic. Previous release was in 4:3 pillarbox. All scratches and tics are practically gone -- obliterated. You may be put off by the dark image tone for the first 5 minutes but that's just the effect of the "eclipse" in the opening scene. Once things brighten up the image quality is really good. Bright and dark sections are well-defined but contrast is a touch too extreme for my taste.

- Video quality isn't as sharp as I had hoped. It's not blurry, just soft. That's expected when playing a 480p DVD on a 32-inch widescreen LCD. I haven't tried putting it through a player that can upscale it to 1080p but I'm not expecting the quality to improve by much.

- Tagalog subtitles are STILL hard-coded. AAARGH!!! I never got to catch the theatrical release. Talagang may subtitles rin dun? The Japanese(?) subs on the right side from the previous release are gone

- Audio is 2-channel stereo, same as previous DVD release but is much, much cleaner.

- Contains an audio commentary, documentary and other extras on a second disc.

- DVD "case" is a flimsy cardboard fold with foam buttons as disc holders. Keeping the cardboard, transferring the DVDs to a proper DVD case.

Is this the full HD treatment many are hoping for? Until a Bluray release is made, probably not. Something has to be done about those hardcoded subs. If they can't be removed, so be it.

As far as DVD releases go, this is still a must-buy. Video and audio is generally as good as can be for the DVD format. It's an important first step and we should support it. Price is P399. Huwag na kayo bumili ng Avengers. Ito na lang.
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #56 on: Dec 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM »
^Bought it and had Ricky Lee sign it almost immediately after!

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #57 on: Dec 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM »
My thoughts on the new Himala DVD release. They're very similar to Dan's post, and I didn't see his post before writing my assessment: http://www.pinoydvd.com/index.php/topic,74167.msg1812226.html#msg1812226
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #58 on: Dec 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM »
Just bought the restored Himala DVD this morning from Astro SM Marikina. Hoping for a future Blu-ray release... :)

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« Reply #59 on: Dec 28, 2012 at 04:22 PM »
been itching to see this movie since i watched the docu aired by ABS-CBN. so i quickly went to Galleria and bought the DVD. now i cant wait to go home and see it! :)
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