“On the second floor of an unassuming office building on the edge of Burbank, John Lowry is forging what might be the future of the DVD – and, with it, the way that classic films will be stored, preserved, telecast and watched,” Fred Kaplan reports for The New York Times. “Mr. Lowry, who has worked for decades at enhancing video imagery, is responsible for some of the best-looking DVD restorations in recent years, including transfers of ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in the West.'”
Kaplan reports, “Since last November, he has been immersed in a project that promises to advance the state of the art – and that has been kept secret, even among most industry insiders, until now. What he is doing will make a DVD look nearly as sharp and detailed as a 35-millimeter film print. It will produce images with six times the resolution of today’s high-definition television sets. In video quality, it could turn home theater into a true rival of the neighborhood cineplex.”
Kaplan reports, “Walk into the suites of Lowry Digital, the company that Mr. Lowry started six years ago, and the first sight that strikes you is the computer bank – rack after rack of Macintosh G5 computers, 600 of them, holding a combined memory of 2,400 gigabytes.”
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