David Fincher talks about the challenges of remastering 'Seven' in 4K

David Fincher talks about the challenges of remastering ‘Seven’ in 4K

David Fincher has confirmed what many internet sleuths have suspected in recent months, that he is in fact remastering Seven in 4K, which he said required him to make some changes to the background.

The director made the revelation during a Tribeca Festival talk with Steven Soderbergh on Thursday night, when in response to a question from the audience about whether he revisits his old work (“I don’t; I’m not brave”), he explained how he’s had to make changes during the remaster Seven.

“They were doing Seven Right now. And we go back and do it in 4K from the original negative and overscan it, sample it, do all the due diligence and there’s a lot, there’s a lot of shit that needs fixing,” Fincher said. a lot of things that we can now add because of the high dynamic range. You know, streaming media is a very different thing to 35mm negative film in terms of what it can actually hold. So there’s, you know, a lot of exploded windows that we have to go back and ghost in some cityscape out there.

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He indicated that the problems are largely not apparent, but “on a 100-inch screen, you look at it and go, ‘What the fuck, did they just have money for the white cardboard out there?’ So this is the print media kind of thing, it just gets blown away by being there. And now you’re looking at it, saying ‘I can see, you know, 500 nits of what the fuck.'”

But he clarified that he is “fundamentally against the idea of ​​changing what (the film) is.”

“You can fix, you know, three percent, five percent. If something is egregious, it needs to be addressed,” she said. “But, you know, I’m not going to take all the guns out of people’s hands and replace them with flashlights.”

Steven Spielberg famously swapped guns for walkie talkies in the 20th century anniversary release of ETwhich Spielberg recently revealed he regrets.

“It was a mistake,” Spielberg told the Time 100 summit this spring of his change. “I should never have done that. ET is a product of his era. No film should be reviewed based on the lenses we are now, willingly or forced to peer through… I should never have messed with the archives of my work and I advise no one to do so.

In Fincher’s defense, Soderbergh has suggested that his friend and fellow director is slightly more detail oriented than others.

“David sees things that not many people see,” he said, recalling how Fincher invited him to a session while he was working on a film.

“David has a laser pointer and he’s locked into the shot and you’re like, ‘I want that part of the wall to be darker than a quarter of a piece,'” recalls Soderbergh. “I went out and lay down on a couch in the foyer because of what torture it is to see him.”