Mr. Skin (real name: Jim McBride) runs a website called MrSkin.com that meticulously catalogs celebrity nudity in movies, from the mainstream to the arthouse, the R-rated to the PG flicks.
When Mr. Skin started creating his online "library" of nude film clips in 1999, he worked with VHS. Then DVDs replaced VHS, and now Blu-Ray is displacing DVD technology.
As the New Yorker chronicles in a recent Talk of the Town piece, the precision, clarity, and incredible image quality of new Blu-Ray technology is uncovering new flashes of nudity that could never have been seen with earlier, grainier video technology.
Mr. Skin has been wowed by the whole new range of skin-sightings he can now see thanks to Blu-Ray.
The New Yorker reports,
"Blu-ray quality is six times better than DVD," he [Mr. Skin] said. "If you watch a movie on Blu-ray, something you thought was just a shadow will suddenly be revealed as a breast or a butt."
Who knows where the enhanced image quality will lead. As Mr. Skin himself notes,
We're going to keep looking at all these movies as technology makes them better and better. Who knows? We may even discover something in 'The Sound of Music.' That would be the holy grail for me, to find a nude scene in a G-rated movie.
Mr. Skin, a former futures trader, bills his website as a "movie review site" -- albeit one with a very specific focus: skin.
Mr. Skin told the New York Times in a feature on his work,
We don't care about cinematography or great acting or anything like that. [...] We're concerned about the nudity -- who's naked, and what they show.
MrSkin.com is run by about 40 employees. Mr. Skin describes himself as the company's "chief sexecutive officer."
MrSkin.com has released a book titled "Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia: The A-to-Z Guide to Finding Your Favorite Actresses Naked.
Read an abstract of the Mr.Skin piece in the New Yorker here. (Full article requires subscription)