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Cannes Winner, Jim Jarmusch, Masters With da Vinci 2K Plus

Jarmusch employed the 2K Plus and Toolbox2 to master video and DVD versions of "Broken Flowers" (September 26, 2005)

The winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival, "Broken Flowers" directed by Jim Jarmusch, employed da Vinci color enhancement tools, the 2K Plus and Toolbox2, to master the video and DVD versions of the film. At the same time, Jarmusch's first film, "Permanent Vacation", was remastered and restored using the da Vinci Revival restoration system in addition to the 2K Plus and Toolbox2.

"The tools that da Vinci provides are outstanding for achieving the results that I'm looking for when transferring a film to video," said Jim Jarmusch. "The transfer of 'Broken Flowers' was a straightforward process with beautiful results, but it was the transfer of 'Permanent Vacation' that really put da Vinci to the test. Not only were we able to adjust and improve the color over the film print, with da Vinci's Revival we also corrected other problems with the original, such as removing an original camera scratch from an important scene. The da Vinci tools let me give this film new life."

"Permanent Vacation" (1980), which was Jim Jarmusch's first film, originated as a project while Jarmusch was a student at NYU film school. Shot in 16mm reversal, it was optically blown up to 35mm, and now has been remastered in HD with the da Vinci 2K Plus handling the color enhancement and da Vinci's Revival providing the restoration tools.

The remastering work on both films was overseen directly by Jarmusch with Fred Elms, director of photography, supervising the transfer of "Broken Flowers", and John Dowdell III providing colorist expertise. This collaborative effort of the director, DP, and colorist maximized the opportunity to bring the artistic vision of Elms and Jarmusch to fruition with the use of da Vinci's tools.

Dowdell commented, "The da Vinci 2K Plus and Toolbox2 made it possible to match the original film color exactly in the transfer of 'Broken Flowers', really giving the video the same look that was captured on film. The ability to isolate detail was quite important, so, for instance, we could make adjustments to skin tones without affecting other parts of a scene."

da Vinci's 2K Plus is the industry's leading color enhancement system and is the most widely used system in digital intermediate (DI) applications. da Vinci continues to improve the 2K Plus and most recently released version 4.0, which includes features such as Toolbox2 and ColorTrace. Other major enhancements in the new release include fingertip access to many powerful features including enhanced PowerVectors, enhanced Defocus, and real-time special effects.

"Broken Flowers" is in theaters now in the U.S. and a DVD release of "Permanent Vacation" is planned for later in the year.

About da Vinci Systems®, LLC
da Vinci Systems, a JDSU company, is the leading provider of color enhancement and image restoration products used in post-production facilities worldwide. Incorporating the company's Emmy® Award-winning technology, da Vinci's products support SDTV, HDTV, data, and digital film. Since the introduction of the company's first color corrector in 1984, da Vinci has been the front-runner in the field of image enhancement, shaping color enhancement into the vital role it holds in post production today. The company is headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Germany, and Singapore.

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