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The newly remastered version of "The Civil War" airs September 7-11 on WXXI-TV

I hope you'll have a chance to catch the newly remastered Ken Burns' documenatry series, The Civil War, Monday, September 7 through Friday, September 11 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The Civil War, which tells the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one, attracted an audience of 38.9 million during its premiere in September 1990. It set a record for the highest rated PBS series broadcast, which stands today. The broadcast, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original broadcast, has been restored in association with our good friends at the George Eastman House.

Over the course of two months, 50,000 feet of the original 16mm film negative, which is preserved at the George Eastman House, was scanned frame by frame at 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels, the resolution used for Ultra High Definition).  The standard definition 1990 broadcast was taken from a duplicate of the original negative, resulting in a loss of quality. This is the first time the film will be seen with the exact same fidelity and framing as the negative that Burns and his co-cinematographers Allen Moore and Buddy Squires shot over 25 years ago.

Daniel J. White, who handled the restoration said “The Civil War series has never been seen in such visual clarity. The colors are brighter and you will see more details in the images.” You can see for yourself, by checking the series out this week.

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