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AI isn’t quite ready to be remastering film for 4K.

As with most things in moviemaking there’s a real art to remastering content. When it was announced that James Cameron’s True Lies was getting a proper 4K release in the U.S., folks were hopeful it would share Cameron’s knack for technical artistry.

But according to Bill Hunt over at The Digital Bits the new 4K digital release from Lightstorm used 4K scans of the original negatives that were then “optimized” with deep-learning algorithms. And AI made the film look too sharp and weird (as you can see below). A shame, given they had scans of the original negative.