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The music video world is finally embracing restoration efforts

Despite the steady pace of restoration work in film, the music video as a form has been slow to reap the same rewards. But a change seems to be happening, with high definition and 4K transfers being made for well-known videos. Many of these facelifts can be tied to birthdays. The burrow of financial motivations aside, these new transfers invite further investigation from fans and theorists alike. Sometimes original cinematic material is available, including alternate takes and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, offering expanded viewpoints and broader contextualization.

The video for Blur’s 1997 single”Song 2even stands out among the band’s legendary collection, and the song’s recently released 25th unreleased takee 4K anniversary makeover offers more for fans to enjoy. This never-before-seen wide shot, presented as an open-door 35mm scan, sees the band performing in the familiar floral-wallpapered room, but its framing differs from the isometric compositions of the video itself. At the time of production, that plan would have been shelved, and now it sits somewhere between the visual language of the video and the curious gaze of the band’s fans.

The original videos still have a lot to say. Retrospective of Linkin Park’s videos Hybrid theory The album cycle demonstrates the confidence their label had in their success in the early 2000s, with green screen and CGI comparable to movies like “crawling” and “At the end.” “A little bit closerfeatures consistent pyrotechnics, high-level lighting, and even wired martial arts. These restorations also came out with the passing of singer Chester Bennington in recent memory, imbuing them with an added sense of poignancy.

There’s something to be said for the influence of this form in the 1990s and early 2000s. Cable TV packages were built around access to music TV channels, and the music video is become a testing ground for new and established directors. The loved one Label Directors DVD box sets have created momentum around filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham. Techniques now intrinsic to visual effects have been perfected in this area.

Spike Jonze’s Christopher-Walken Music Video for “Fatboy Slim”Weapon of choice” has also been recently restored. Its sharp new look brings out the deep blues and warm highlights of the wrap. For the first time, keen-eyed viewers can understand when a body double is used for Walken’s tap-dancing antics (ending some long-running debates). Going back to the original camera material meant that the wire-hiding effects had to be reapplied from scratch. These efforts explain why restoration processes can be time-consuming and costly; there are often a multitude of rushes to filter and match the original edit. For now, at least, birthday releases and YouTube view counts largely define what labels choose to restore.

Original films are usually stored in record company vaults, but others may not have returned from production companies, or they simply disappeared. Despite these issues, hidden gems often appear. The alternate take for “Song No. 2” is one of them, and an original version of Coldplay’s “Yellow” refers to an entirely different video. The extent to which individual artists and managers want to share these materials is ultimately up to them, but these anecdotal moments help create a bigger picture of a video’s story.

In 2019, Failure’s Ken Andrews released a video explaining how he found the rushes for their music video for “Stuck on You.” The 16 mm dailies, without the visual effects of the final video, appear in Andrews’ chat with director Phil Harder. The conversation is a must for anyone interested in the period when analog cinema and digital effects actively overlapped.

These examples paint a varied and interesting picture of how music video as a medium could catch up with modern restaurant standards. Doing it for every video shot on film may not be possible, but the urge to watch them again seems to be at an all-time high online. Each restoration release attracts requests for additional videos to get the treatment in its comments section. In turn, additional material uncovered through these projects can help shape a broader understanding of this important and influential area of ​​media.