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Universal Studios To Restore Classics
Jaws and E.T. in centenary celebrations

10 January 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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With Universal Studios celebrating a big old centenary this year - it's a hundred years old on April 30 - the studio has delved into its illustrious library and fished out a clutch of classics to restore and re-release. There are 13 lined up, including The Birds, Schindler’s List, All Quiet On The Western Front, Jaws and Dracula.

Universal is also celebrating with a series of special events, a brand new logo (the static version is below; the animated version will accompany the release of The Lorax in March) and a planned extravaganza of theme park magic. Are we alone in hoping this involves the park's animatronic Jurassic Park T-Rex putting on a party hat and blowing up some balloon animals?

The list of films to get the restoration treatment includes anti-war classic All Quiet on the Western Front, Hitchcock's The Birds, Abbot and Costello's Buck Privates, 1931's Dracula with Bela Lugosi, the Spanish language version of the same release, Frankenstein, Jaws, Out of Africa, Doris Day starrer Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein and The Sting. Plenty there to get your teeth into.

Gregor Peck's Oscar-winning turn in To Kill A Mockingbird gets the party started this month, with the film arriving on Blu-ray just in time for its 50th anniversary.

Look out, too, for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. The iconic space critter is 30 years old this year and is getting his very own Blu-ray re-release, as well as, hopefully, a giant bag of Reese's Pieces.
 


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the REAL deal....
The REAL jewels here are the early horrors Dracula, Frankenstein and Bride which BADLY need an overhaul! Its always been thought the original negatives do not exist as Universal were a bit on the stingy side with regards to preservation. Lets hope I'm wrong More

Posted by garypleace at 00:52 on 13 January 2012 | Report This Post

the REAL deal....
The REAL jewels here are the early horrors Dracula, Frankenstein and Bride which BADLY need an overhaul! Its always been thought the original negatives do not exist as Universal were a bit on the stingy side with regards to preservation. Lets hope I'm wrong More

Posted by garypleace at 00:52 on 13 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Sorry about that folks - I kept getting errors when I submitted - didn't know it was actually posting! More

Posted by zarvos at 20:13 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Wow, seven identical posts, a new record? More

Posted by Spaldron at 19:55 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Spielberg has already said when E.T. is released on BD, it will be the original. He's promised not to muck with his movies like Lucas has, when Star Wars came out on BD. More

Posted by zarvos at 19:46 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Spielberg has already said when E.T. is released on BD, it will be the original. He's promised not to muck with his movies like Lucas has, when Star Wars came out on BD. More

Posted by zarvos at 19:45 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Spielberg has already said when E.T. is released on BD, it will be the original. He's promised not to muck with his movies like Lucas has, when Star Wars came out on BD. More

Posted by zarvos at 19:45 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Spielberg has already said when E.T. is released on BD, it will be the original. He's promised not to muck with his movies like Lucas has, when Star Wars came out on BD. More

Posted by zarvos at 19:45 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Spielberg has already said when E.T. is released on BD, it will be the original. He's promised not to muck with his movies like Lucas has, when Star Wars came out on BD. More

Posted by zarvos at 19:44 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Spielberg has already said when E.T. is released on BD, it will be the original. He's promised not to muck with his movies like Lucas has, when Star Wars came out on BD. More

Posted by zarvos at 19:44 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

DIgitally Inserted Walkie Talkies
Does this mean we might actually be able to buy the original ET movie instead of the current bullshit with the FBI holding digitally inserted walkie talkies! (also please dont to a lucas and F**K up the movies by adding CGI). Movies are history and a representation of a period in time. More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 18:55 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Leave off our Bruce!
Anyone who thinks its a good idea to 'improve' Jaws with a CGI shark knows NOTHING about movies. no CGI will ever be better than practical effects. Jaws is a true classic by the greatest director of our times. No amount of farting about with computers will make it better - only worse. In any case, Spielberg would never allow it More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 18:38 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Duuuun DuN! Dundundundundundundundund DUNDUNDUN!
Jaws on the big screen is AMAZING. It's one of those films that you're so used to sort of half-watching at home, but when I went to see it at my local Odeon a few years back the whole experience was transformed and I was gripped in a way I never had been the previous dozen watches. It really sold me on cinema actually being special, and I'd never really bought into that argument before. Mark your diaries - the Jaws re-release is not to be missed. :-) More

Posted by foolishearthling at 17:42 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Duuuun DuN! Dundundundundundundundund DUNDUNDUN!
Jaws on the big screen is AMAZING. It's one of those films that you're so used to sort of half-watching at home, but when I went to see it at my local Odeon a few years back the whole experience was transformed and I was gripped in a way I never had been the previous dozen watches. It really sold me on cinema actually being special, and I'd never really bought into that argument before. Mark your diaries - the Jaws re-release is not to be missed. :-) More

Posted by foolishearthling at 17:42 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

When you say re release
Does that mean there will be a new print (35mm or dcp) of jaws! I know that there are not really any good/usable prints about. Couldnt tell from the article if these are cinema releases or just blu-ray ones More

Posted by gambit21 at 16:23 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Not sure what ben is getting at there.... More

Posted by shitneck at 16:02 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jumping The CGI Shark
Alright Ben we get it..... More

Posted by JIm R at 15:08 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Jumping The CGI Shark
When Universal say they're restoring Jaws, does that mean they're to get rid of the ridiculous rubbery shark and put in some photo-realistic CGI? That "jumping the shark" moment is unintentionally hilarious (although it could be seen as welcome comic relief for the audience from the intense shark attacks). Pillow Talk is a guilty pleasure of mine, it was one of my mother's favourite movies and it was fun seeing it again after Rock Hudson's gay lifestyle became public and looking at all More

Posted by BenTramer at 14:51 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jumping The CGI Shark
L: BenTramer iversal say they're restoring Jaws, does that mean they're to get rid of the ridiculous rubbery shark and put in some photo-realistic CGI? That "jumping the shark" moment is unintentionally hilarious (although it could be seen as welcome comic relief for the audience from the intense shark attacks).ote] No, that's stupid and ridiculous suggestion and will never-ever happen, thankfully. More

Posted by Spaldron at 14:49 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Hope these get a cinema release over here.
Jaws, The Birds, Bride of Frankenstein, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Sting all getting re-released? Yes please! More

Posted by Spaldron at 14:47 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Jumping The CGI Shark
When Universal say they're restoring Jaws, does that mean they're to get rid of the ridiculous rubbery shark and put in some photo-realistic CGI? That "jumping the shark" moment is unintentionally hilarious (although it could be seen as welcome comic relief for the audience from the intense shark attacks). Pillow Talk is a guilty pleasure of mine, it was one of my mother's favourite movies and it was fun seeing it again after Rock Hudson's gay lifestyle became public and looking at all More

Posted by BenTramer at 14:47 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Jumping The CGI Shark
When Universal say they're restoring Jaws, does that mean they're to get rid of the ridiculous rubbery shark and put in some photo-realistic CGI? That "jumping the shark" moment is unintentionally hilarious (although it could be seen as welcome comic relief for the audience from the intense shark attacks). Pillow Talk is a guilty pleasure of mine, it was one of my mother's favourite movies and it was fun seeing it again after Rock Hudson's gay lifestyle became public and looking at all More

Posted by BenTramer at 14:47 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

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