Lobster's specificity, which makes it a unique player in the film preservation field, comes from the combination of three assets:
Our extensive knowledge of early films, which places us in an ideal position during the often neglected yet crucial stage of technical evaluation, as well as when searching for the best film elements available around the world, both in public or private collections. When restoring The Lost World in fall 2000 for example, we gathered elements from eight different sources. Thanks to this experience, we also know where the limits are to respect the integrity of an old film.
The use of the best existing technologies: Lobster has been a forerunner in sound restoration since 1990 (L'Atalante, Les Enfants du Paradis). From 1992 on we have used custom digital facilities, which today include state-of-the-art equipment as well as our own processes designed to solve the particular problems found on sound tracks.
As for image, our knowledge of the different materials and restoration techniques - traditional as well as digital - enables us, once the diagnostics are done, to choose the best laboratories in France and abroad for certain delicate work that we cannot do directly.
A high-quality and craftsman-like approach: our philosophy consists of taking time to regain the original quality of cinema and television treasures. And because high tech tools will never replace a good ear, our sound engineers engage in real artistic work, spending sometimes hours to manually repair sound accidents, even if they only last a few signal seconds.
The result, made to measure, meets our clients' requirements. Those who have trusted us include: Cinematheque Française, Gaumont, Eclair, Pathe, Canal +, Arte, and Montparnasse Homevideo.
In 10 years Lobster has managed to restore hundreds of films, among them several classics: The Jazz Singer (the first sound feature in the history of cinema), Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, Sous les Toits de Paris, The Barefoot Contessa, Top Hat, The Seven Samurais, and recently the complete works of Jean Vigo (among them a new restoration of L’Atalante taking the latest technology into account), as well as 6 Kurosawa’s masterpieces (especially Dodes’kaden) released in a special DVD set by Arte Video.