Well, it seems even Christopher Nolan cannot help but go back and make changes to his own classics, but at least he does not plan on making “special editions” a la George Lucas. Nolan recently discussed his plans to restore many of his back-catalogue films to 4K, a move which is sure to please many of his fans, especially those of ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy. The movie makes sense as Nolan has long been a proponent of shooting on actual film and pushing for the cleanest possible image for audiences, and 4K goes a long way toward allowing his viewers to see his movies as he intended them to be seen.
According to Nolan while speaking to BadTaste.it:
“The wonderful thing about 4K technology is it gets closer to the resolution that we shot in film. Photochemically finished films of 35mm have at least 6K resolution, IMAX films, upwards of 18K. So as home video formats keep evolving, 4K — particularly 4K with HDR, it allows us to give somebody at home an experience that’s much much closer to what it was like to see the original film prints as projected on film.”
He also went to on to say that with his personal involvement with the project, and the care being given to it, we should not expect to see the 4k versions of the films any time soon:
“It’s a long, complicated process that we’re doing right now, but I think the results I’m seeing are very pleasing and very spectacular.”
Check out the full video where Nolan discusses the remastering process below: