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  • FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2017

    FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2017

    WINNER! – Award for Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Project 1912-1992: 80 years of Olympic films restored International Olympic Committee   |   Switzerland •Commissioned by: International Olympic Committee •Restoration by: Warner Bros MPI & Audio Mechanics, Burbank, under the management of Adrian Wood & Robert Jaquier Audio Mechanics is proud to be part of the winning team for Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Project in the 2017 FOCAL Awards. John Polito attended the awards ceremony and was singled out by Robert Jaquier as an important part of the team, having remastered nearly all of the sound for this impressive project. http://www.focalint.org/focal-international-awards/2017/the-focal-international-awards-2017

  • Audio Mechanics in the New York Times

    Audio Mechanics in the New York Times

    The Race to Save the Films We Love By MANOHLA DARGISAUG. 25, 2016 …To help with the sound for “Cock of the Air,” the preservationists looked to John Polito, an engineer and the owner of Audio Mechanics. Together they worked on the sound using assorted elements they had gathered. After years of vainly searching for prints with the censored dialogue intact, they took the unusual step of hiring actors like Hamish Linklater to record the excised lines, using an onscreen icon to indicate what had been censored. (Mr. Polito played some piano music that had gone missing in a butchered seduction scene.) … [more]

  • My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady

    CBS Home Entertainment in association with Robert Harris of The Film Preserve Ltd partnered with Audio Mechanics to transfer, restore and re-master the sound track of this eight-time Academy Award-winning musical feature from 1964. Proprietary equipment was used to accurately transfer the original 6-track magnetic masters in high resolution, capturing the timeless clarity and detail of the original film. The audio was then meticulously restored and re-mastered into multiple formats, including 7.1 for theatrical presentation, 5.1 for BluRay/DVD for home theater, as well as new archival tracks representing the original Academy Award-winning 6-track 70mm mix.

  • Martin Scorsese on BLIMP

    Martin Scorsese on BLIMP

    See this video of Martin Scorsese describing the restoration process for “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.” Audio Mechanics was selected to perform the sound restoration for this 1943 classic from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger [see video here]

  • Audio Mechanics at Cannes …

    Audio Mechanics at Cannes ...

    Audio Mechanics was selected by the International Olympic Committee to restore the film of the 1972 Munich olympic games, “Visions of Eight,” featured at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival [article here]

  • The Elia Kazan Collection wins Film Heritage Award

    The Elia Kazan Collection wins Film Heritage Award

    The Elia Kazan Collection, by 20th Century Fox, has won the National Society of Film Critics’ Heritage award.  Audio Mechanics provided sound restoration for Baby Doll (1956), Viva Zapata! (1952), and A Face in the Crowd (1957).

  • Word Is Out (1977) wins Film Heritage Award

    Word Is Out (1977) wins Film Heritage Award

    Audio Mechanics’ restoration of WORD IS OUT: STORIES OF SOME OF OUR LIVES, by the Mariposa Collective, won the National Society of Film Critics’ Heritage award.  Restoration supervisor, Ross Lipman, UCLA Film & Television Archive. [http://www.nationalsocietyoffilmcritics.com/]

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