StudioCanal has announced that the first ever 4K, Ultra High Definition restoration of Nicolas Roeg’s iconic thriller Don’t Look Now (1973) will open in UK cinemas on July 5, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring you this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, which features cinematographer Tony Richmond talking about the restoration.
This version of the film will also be released on DVD and Blu-Ray and in a new collector’s edition on July 29, which will include previously unseen extras material and newly commissioned artwork by illustrator Jeremy Enecio.
Of the restoration, Richmond said: “It was very exciting to come over to London to Colour Correct the restoration of Don’t Look Now. The important thing for me was to make it look like the original print. I think with the help of Silver Salt Restoration and colourist Steve Bearman we have succeeded in doing that. For me personally it’s incredible that having shot it in 1973 it’s being released in the cinema again in Dolby Vision. Don’t Look Now is as strong and haunting now as it was when it was first released.”
The 4K Collector’s Edition contains 4 discs including:
The restored film in UHD for the first time
The feature on Blu-ray with brand new extras as well as a bonus Blu-ray of extras
The original Pino Donaggio soundtrack CD.
The Collector’s Edition also includes the theatrical poster, art cards, and a booklet with an essay, an original press interview with Nic Roeg and script extracts from the BFI archive.
All SKUS include the following extras:
New Pass the Warning: Reflecting on Nic Roeg’s masterpiece: new documentary featuring interviews with David Cronenberg, Danny Boyle, Brad Bird, Andrew Haigh, Stephen Woolley, Peter Bradshaw and more
New A Kaleidoscope of Meaning: Colour in Don’t Look Now
New 4k restoration featurette
Audio commentary with Nic Roeg
Interviews with Donald Sutherland, Pino Donaggio, Allan Scott, Tony Richmond, Danny Boyle
Don’t Look Now: Looking Back
Behind the Scenes stills gallery
Here’s a synopsis for the film:
On a cold, bright autumn day in Suffolk, England, a little girl in a red mackintosh drowns in a pond – the daughter of John (DONALD SUTHERLAND) and Laura Baxter (JULIE CHRISTIE). Trying to recover from the tragedy, the couple arrive in Venice, Italy, where John has been commissioned to restore a church. In the eerie atmosphere of the lagoon city in winter, they encounter two strange sisters. Laura is suddenly released from her grief when one of them, a blind psychic, tells her that she is in contact with her dead daughter. Angered and skeptical, John carries on with his work, but witnesses an unsettling vision of his own: a little girl in a red mackintosh disappearing into the Venetian alleys.
As a wave of killings haunts the city, Laura returns to England to visit their son after an accident at his school. But the premonitions don’t stop: John suffers a near-fatal accident high on the church scaffolding, and then he glimpses his wife, supposedly hundreds of miles away, on a private launch flanked by the two mysterious sisters. The local police are intrigued by and even sympathetic to his story, but cannot help. As Venice and his fate closes in on John, illusion, reality and sudden terror spiral the story to its grotesque climax, as the design in director Nicolas Roeg’s mosaic becomes unforgettably clear.
The first ever 4K UHD restoration of DON’T LOOK NOW is in cinemas 5 July, and on Collector’s Edition, Blu-ray, DVD and EST from 29 July.