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Image of Elsa (Nora Aunor) praying.
(L): original print with scratches; (R): enhanced image


Image of Orly (Spanky Manikan).
(L): stained original print; (R): enhanced image


Image of Nimia  (Gigi Dueñas) performing tricks for some children.
(L): original print with drop outs and specks; (R): enhanced  image


Image of Mang Igme (Cris Daluz), Orly (Spanky Manikan), and Nimia (Gigi Dueñas).
(L): original print with adhesive residue; (R): enhanced  image

Here is the new trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32F1F8j0m8A

MANILA, Philippines -- The first trailer for the restored high-definition version of the Ishmael Bernal classic "Himala" has been released.

Released online Wednesday via ABS-CBN's official page on video-sharing site YouTube, the first trailer of "Himala" gives an extended look at the 1982 film in restored high-definition quality.

Filipino audiences can now relive the story of Elsa (Nora Aunor), a barrio lass whose visions of the Virgin Mary changes her life and her community, once it hits selected cinemas nationwide on December 5, 2012.

The restored version of "Himala" was first screened at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival in September. But a long history of international recognition for the film preceded the Italian showing.

Notably, it was recognized as a contender for the prestigious Golden Bear Award at the 1983 Berlin International Film Festival. It also won the Bronze Hugo Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival in the same year; and in 2008, was hailed as the Best Asia-Pacific Film Of All Time by the CNN and Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Written by Ricky Lee, "Himala" is the first film to be restored in HD quality by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project, in partnership with Central Digital Lab, Inc.

According to Leo Katigbak, head of ABS-CBN Film Archives, other films that will be restored in HD quality are: Peque Gallaga's “Oro, Plata, Mata”, and a number of Star Cinema films including Olivia Lamasan’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and “Madrasta”; Laurice Guillen’s “Tanging Yaman”; Rory Quintos’ “Anak”; Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Bagong Buwan”; and Chito Roño’s “Dekada ’70.”

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #1 on: Oct 28, 2012 at 02:26 AM »
^ Excellent news! Can't wait for the home video releases.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #2 on: Oct 28, 2012 at 03:50 AM »
I really hope they consider restoring a lot more. I'd like to see Itim, Kakabakaba ka ba, Kisapmata, and Sister Stella L.

Pasensya na kung biased yung list. :-)

And btw, I hope the restoration is done conscientiously.  I've seen overzalous restorations where the result becomes somewhat artificial in look.  I hope they consult the original filmmakers whenever possible.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #3 on: Oct 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM »
great news but this should be in Pinoy Entertainment thread  ;)

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #4 on: Oct 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM »
I really hope they consider restoring a lot more. I'd like to see Itim, Kakabakaba ka ba, Kisapmata, and Sister Stella L.

Pasensya na kung biased yung list. :-)

And btw, I hope the restoration is done conscientiously.  I've seen overzalous restorations where the result becomes somewhat artificial in look.  I hope they consult the original filmmakers whenever possible.

These films have been restored. It's not just for public consumption.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #5 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM »
Wonderful! It's about time Filipino films get restored in this way.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #6 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM »
ORO PLATA MATA will have its hd restored preem on November 28.
« Last Edit: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM by keating »

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #7 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:42 PM »
ORO PLATA MATA will have its hd restored preem on November 28.

Ooh... where/how can we get tickets?
« Last Edit: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM by Mr. Hankey »
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #8 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM »
ORO PLATA MATA will have its hd restored preem on November 28.

Saan ito? Will definitely pay to watch this.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #9 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:48 PM »
Shangrila Cinema or Robinson's Galleria Cinema, i'll confirm soon. Its the opening film of Cinema One Origs.

Just like in the 20th Anniv., cast and crew have been invited to grace the occasion. How time flies..I still remember Jessica Zafra mounting the 20th Anniv. of ORO PLATA MATA.....we can now see soon the hd restored version in full glory!

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #10 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM »
Ooh... where/how can we get tickets?

I'll ask on how to get tix....

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #11 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:54 PM »
Shangrila Cinema or Robinson's Galleria Cinema, i'll confirm soon. Its the opening film of Cinema One Origs.

Just like in the 20th Anniv., cast and crew have been invited to grace the occasion. How time flies..I still remember Jessica Zafra mounting the 20th Anniv. of ORO PLATA MATA.....we can now see soon the hd restored version in full glory!

I remember that! Greenbelt Cinema, right? I was there when the film melted at one point in the movie  :o  I also recorded the talk Gallaga made after the film pero I lost the tape somehow. Will look for it.
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #12 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 04:57 PM »
Yes, I was there too....Dan. Can I borrow the tape? I'll redub it na lang to dvd bro.... :)

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #13 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM »
These films have been restored. It's not just for public consumption.

Mike De Leon is hands on for the restoration of Brocka's MAYNILA SA KUKO NG LIWANAG.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #14 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM »
Yes, I was there too....Dan. Can I borrow the tape? I'll redub it na lang to dvd bro.... :)

Sure thing, bro  ;D  started looking for it na nga when you texted me earlier. Balitaan kita whether or not I'm successful, just give me some time. Di ko maalala kung sa office o sa bahay nakakalat...

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #15 on: Oct 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM »
Mike De Leon is hands on for the restoration of Brocka's MAYNILA SA KUKO NG LIWANAG.

I read something online that the Criterion Collection was considering adding MAYNILA to their roster of films but it was rejected due to the quality of the prints. Perhaps they might change their minds after this!

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #16 on: Oct 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM »
I was there when the film melted at one point in the movie 

You probably heard me yelling.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #17 on: Oct 30, 2012 at 02:45 AM »
Himala HD trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MASgwPvzcQ (re-upped today in Star Cinema YouTube Channel)
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #18 on: Oct 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM »
Sure thing, bro  ;D  started looking for it na nga when you texted me earlier. Balitaan kita whether or not I'm successful, just give me some time. Di ko maalala kung sa office o sa bahay nakakalat...

Hey Dan you should not miss the preem on Nov. 28, no more burn out print since its in full hd na! Caught the technical preview this morning at Power Plant Mall Rockwell Cinema 2. Its fantastic, beautiful and marvelous!

Central Digital Lab found the original negatives with the original audio. All the sounds are intact from the original release and the picture quality is truly a sight to behold! Direk PQ was very happy with the restoration effort.
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #19 on: Oct 30, 2012 at 09:27 PM »
Hey Dan you should not miss the preem on Nov. 28, no more burn out print since its in full hd na! Caught the technical preview this morning at Power Plant Mall Rockwell Cinema 2. Its fantastic, beautiful and marvelous!

Central Digital Lab found the original negatives with the original audio. All the sounds are intact from the original release and the picture quality is truly a sight to behold!

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?

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #20 on: Oct 30, 2012 at 09:30 PM »
No announcement yet for the release date on video. Leo Katigbak said this morning they are eyeing for Jan or Feb theatrical release of OPM. And hoping for R-16 rating from the MTRCB. Ang dami sound na namiss from the dvd release!

This is ORO PLATA MATA as you've never seen or heard before!

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #21 on: Oct 30, 2012 at 09:48 PM »
Yeah, and I just recently discovered na hindi anamorphic yung OPM -- a couple of months ago, actually.


Ano yung nawawalang sound na sinasabi mo? Dialog or effects?

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #22 on: Oct 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM »
Most audio sa forest or during the MATA section ang nawala plus during the love scene of Cherie Gil & Ronnie Lazaro, there's a background music coming from the long playing record of Manny Ojeda....they even corrected the framing.
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #23 on: Oct 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM »
No announcement yet for the release date on video. Leo Katigbak said this morning they are eyeing for Jan or Feb theatrical release of OPM. And hoping for R-16 rating from the MTRCB. Ang dami sound na namiss from the dvd release!

This is ORO PLATA MATA as you've never seen or heard before!

Can't wait for MATA! Any news if they plan to finally release these on Blu-ray?

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #24 on: Oct 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM »
Himala HD trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MASgwPvzcQ (re-upped today in Star Cinema YouTube Channel)

I got to see this remastered version trailer on the big screen tonight, and it looked AMAZING. Will definitely catch this movie in theaters despite having seen it many times.
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« Reply #25 on: Oct 31, 2012 at 09:34 AM »
I read something online that the Criterion Collection was considering adding MAYNILA to their roster of films but it was rejected due to the quality of the prints. Perhaps they might change their minds after this!

Yeah probably Klaus. FDCP will handle also the restoration of Brocka's MAYNILA SA MGA KUKO NG LIWANAG.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #26 on: Oct 31, 2012 at 03:11 PM »
Just saw the Himala HD trailer. To be honest, and I don't want to offend anyone, the film looks a million times better than any contemporary Pinoy film I've seen. It was as if it was made only yesterday.

Sorry, I'm just blown away at the possibility that our film heritage has a shot at being saved finally.
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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #27 on: Oct 31, 2012 at 07:59 PM »
I hope not only the pic quality gets restored, but the audio as well.
hoping some if not all Old black n white movies gets digitally restored as well.

I bought an original DVD of Ang Tatay Kong Nanay thinking it was restored clearly, but it's a disappointing purchase.  That stopped me from buying further old Filipino classic films.

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Re: Bernal's "Himala" gets restored, more classics to follow
« Reply #28 on: Nov 01, 2012 at 12:01 AM »
Just saw the Himala HD trailer. To be honest, and I don't want to offend anyone, the film looks a million times better than any contemporary Pinoy film I've seen. It was as if it was made only yesterday.

Sorry, I'm just blown away at the possibility that our film heritage has a shot at being saved finally.

I do hope that it starts a trend. Although the next batch of starcinema restorations are quite a disappointment.

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« Reply #29 on: Nov 04, 2012 at 12:27 AM »
I hope not only the pic quality gets restored, but the audio as well.

Yeah, although mga current local movies, pangit pa rin audio until now.