CES: Three Major Directors Talk About the Future of Movies and Home Entertainment and Film Preservation

Jan 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Three major film directors spoke at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, dicussing the future of both movies and home entertainment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The three directors involved were Oliver Stone, Michael Mann and Baz Luhrmann.

According to the story, "While all three of the famous perfectionists expressed enthusiasm for the [Blu-ray] format — Mann said ‘Blu-ray does a better job [than DVD] by a factor of about 12 or 13’ — they voiced less certainty and even flashes of anxiety when the talk turned to other technology topics.

"Luhrmann, 48, said he worries about the integrity of classic films when modern technology adds too much clarity to the images — for example, when the wires holding the flying monkeys can be seen in new versions of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ And Mann, who spent months preparing ‘[Last of the] Mohicans’ for last year’s Blu-ray version, noted that despite his affection for the format, he could guess that it might last eight more years."

Stone had his opinion as well. According to the story, "Although more and more entertainment is moving toward digital delivery, Stone said the Blu-ray format may be able to extend its life if people consider it a collectible. ‘This is about film preservation … it’s the last hardware, the best of the last hardware. There won’t be any other hardware now,’  he said. ‘It’s going to be on a digital phone or on a computer or on a TV screen.’

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