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  • Poto and Cabengo at The Reel Thing XXV

    Poto and Cabengo at The Reel Thing XXV

    review by Doug Cummings – “One of the most impressive presentations was John Polito’s demonstration of the sound work he performed on Poto and Cabengo, Gorin’s first solo feature and an utterly fascinating exploration of the linguistic mystery posed by two young San Diego twins who appeared to have invented their own language. (The restoration has been touring, and plans are in place to release it as a Criterion DVD.) When standard de-essing software failed to correct sound distortions on the original master, Polito separated the sibilance and the vowels into separate tracks, processed them individually, and recombined them. Gorin … [more]

  • The Red Shoes Wins two prestigious restoration awards

    The Red Shoes Wins two prestigious restoration awards

    Audio Mechanics’ restoration of the classic film from 1948, “The Red Shoes” won the Focal Archive Restoration Award and the Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics. ITV Studios, 30/04/10 Film legend Martin Scorsese has expressed his delight at ITV Global Entertainment winning a Focal International award for its restoration of Powell & Pressburger classic The Red Shoes. ITV Global Entertainment’s Operations Director Fiona Maxwell accepted the award on Tuesday night at the Lancaster London Hotel. (See her on stage with Martin here.) The restoration of the film, to which ITV owns the rights, happened in collaboration with the … [more]

  • Rashomon wins Film Heritage Award

    Rashomon wins Film Heritage Award

    Audio Mechanics was selected to undertake the challenge of restoring one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved international films of all time. The restoration of “Rashomon” won the prestigious Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics. http://www.nationalsocietyoffilmcritics.com/ http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/04/entertainment/la-et-national-critics4-2010jan04

  • Audio Mechanics featured in Mix Online

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    Dec 8, 2009 3:02 PM, By Lisa Horan & Kevin Hill, Studio Unknown Studio Unknown’s Confessions of a Small Working Studio—Specialized Mastering Work Gains Popularity Take John Polito, owner of Southern California’s Audio Mechanics, for instance. Polito’s success in motion-picture remastering has been driven by “being at the right place at the right time, and being ready for the opportunities that presented themselves,” he says. read the article here:  http://mixonline.com/studio_unknown/specialized_mastering_work_gains_popularity/index.html

  • How To Marry a Millionaire

    How To Marry a Millionaire

    20th Century Fox turns once again to Audio Mechanics for the restoration of it’s most prized films including this 1953 classic. How to Marry a Millionaire was a featured restoration at AMIA’s “The Reel Thing” in 2009.

  • Lucy Loves Audio Mechanics

    I Love Lucy

    Paramount and CBS Television selected Audio Mechanics to restore all 179 episodes of the I Love Lucy television series. Selection was based on blind listening tests in which several leading audio post production facilities provided a restoration of episode 39, “Job Switching”. The selection committee did not know whose soundtrack they were listening to until after they selected their favorite. Audio Mechanics’ work was “simply the best, preserving the integrity and aesthetics of the original production”. This is not the first time Audio Mechanics has been awarded a contract based on blind listening tests. Both Paramount Pictures’ Roman Holiday and … [more]

  • John Polito hired as audio specialist in Kobe Bryant case

    John Polito hired as audio specialist in Kobe Bryant case

    John Polito was hired by the Eagle County District Attorney to enhance and authenticate the police interview tape recording of Kobe Bryant. Mr. Polito testified during pretrial hearings as to the authenticity of the recording. The recording was admitted into the trial and Mr. Polito, a self-proclaimed Laker fan, fears he has been black listed from court-side seats for life! He was just doing his job, Kobe; send some of those court-side tickets his way to show there’s no hard feelings.

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