The Last Emperor 3D
"The Last Emperor" has been facelifted with a full 4K restoration, a conversion to stereoscopic 3D, and sound re-mastering. Director Bernardo Bertolucci supervized the 3D conversion by Prime Focus.
"The Last Emperor" was released in 1987 and won 9 Oscars and 44 other awards (Golden Globe, BAFTA, César,...). The movie grossed $43,984,230 in the USA since its first release. The stereoscopic 3D version was presented this November 10, 2013 at the Hollywood Chinese Theatre during the AFI festival.
The Blu-ray 3D version should be available from January 1st, 2014.
"The Last Emperor" was the first feature shot in Beijing’s 500-year-old Forbidden City. Four different actors portray Pu Yi, beginning with his ascent to the throne shortly before his third birthday, through the Chinese civil war, occupations by Japan and the Soviet Union, and his rehabilitation by Chinese communists.
Renowned actors Peter O’Toole and Joan Chen round out the international cast.
Restoration and 3D Conversion
Restoration: A full restoration of the 25-year old film was done at Technicolor (Rome, Italy) which was scanned from the original negative to 4K, and color corrected under cinematographer Storaro's supervision.
Conversion: The conversion was led by Prime Focus in London, where Matthew Bristowe is Senior VP, Production, View-D and Richard Baker is Creative Director/Senior Stereographer. Most of the rotoscoping work was done at Prime Focus premises in Mumbai (India).
Removed Errors: During preparation work, Prime Focus noticed a few modern buildings in the background of the coronation scene and they had to remove them (and add a couple of hills instead) because 3D would have made them far more visible.
Prime Focus offers its proprietary View-D 2D-to-3D conversion process, which has been used to convert World War Z, Star Wars Episode 1, Men in Black 3 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.