One of the most important studios of all-time turns 100 this year. Between the early 1920’s through the 60’s, Universal Studios created films that are still influencing new directors to this very day. We don’t normally report on the moves of big-budget studios. Most of their stuff is sanitized shit that is nearly un-watchable. The news of a gigantic restoration process though got me geeking and it includes titles that will put a smile on any fan of cinema.
Films chosen to get the full restoration treatment in addition to the aforementioned All Quiet on the Western Front and Schindler’s List are both 1931 versions of Dracula, Frankenstein (1931), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Abbott and Costello’s Buck Privates (1941), Pillow Talk (1959), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), The Birds (1963), The Sting (1973), Jaws (1975) and Out of Africa (1985). That’s actually 12 titles altogether but there are 13 films since the studio is restoring both 1931 versions of Dracula including Bela Lugosi’s famous English-language picture and the Spanish version that was filmed on the same sets at night.
DIG THAT SHIT, BASTARDS!
We have known about JAWS dropping on Blu for a while but both versions of DRACULA along with the FRANKENSTEIN films is news to me. The prints on the Legacy Collection are good but a full restoration of these films is long overdue. Odds are we get some kind of limited theatrical release as well. Damn, 2012 is starting off right.
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
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