Classic B&W Films Get New Life and Look in Hi-Def

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Classic Black & White films like film noir, comedies and westerns set for revival as upgrade to Hi-Def brings out the shading and textures not seen since original release. Blue Ray Group acquires 1,000-title film library for B&W Hi-Def release.

Classic Black & White comedies, film noirs and Westerns will be up for an age of re-discovery as the latest Hi-Def cutting edge technologies can bring out the life, shading and subtle textures that haven’t been seen since they were first released in theaters.

Towards that end, Blue Ray Group has acquired libraries totaling 1,000 film titles that are being culled for re-mastering and hi-def release on Blu-ray Disc (BD). Laurel & Hardy and Hopalong Cassidy will be among the first B&W titles from new division BRG Classics, which is actively seeking other retro libraries to release in the new format.

“Blu-ray technologies designed for the latest hi-tech films and games will also revive our rich film heritage,” said DVD pioneer Erick Hansen, currently head of Blue Ray Group. “We talking decades of great films before color became the norm, and it just blew us away when we discovered what came out when the B&W masters were converted to Hi-Def.”    

Hansen is adamant that the videotape and DVD eras didn’t do justice to the original verve of Black and White movies. “Filmmakers then had a lot more going on than the moody lighting most people associate with film noir. Directors had to use texture and every shade of gray. There was depth, shadowing and a feeling that just didn’t come through on VHS or DVD, maybe because they didn’t really try. It took all 1080 or so lines of resolution to capture it, but Blu-ray did it. We are very excited about this surprise blast from the past.”

Hansen’s Blue Ray Group ( sister company Blue Ray Technologies ( also manufacture BD movies and games for studios and indies (Google News, 2/11/2006) . They will furthermore develop and produce their own film and game titles (Yahoo News! 5/23/2006).

For interviews with Mr. Hansen, photos or further information, please contact: Jolson Media (310) 270-3690

5042 Wilshire Blvd. #223, Los Angeles CA 90360

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