Universal celebrates its 100th anniversary by restoring some of its classic films
Universal has announced that it's going to be celebrating its 100th birthday with a new logo, and some major movie restorations...
Universal turns 100 this year and the studio is choosing to celebrate the event by unveiling a fancy new logo (well, a twist on its existing one). Paramount, too, has just done the same thing.
Universal has also announced, mind, that a list of films are to undergo heavy restoration, and be cleaned up ahead of a Blu-ray release. Given the studio's long history, the titles that have been selected represent some of the finest it has made in the last century. The films are:
All Quiet On The Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Dracula (Spanish language), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler's List, Out Of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride Of Frankenstein, The Sting and To Kill A Mockingbird.
We're sure the omission of Uncle Buck is an oversight that will be corrected by the time the birthday celebrations are concluded.
The first release will be To Kill A Mockingbird later this month and the new logo will run in front of the studio's films from March onwards.
Universal COO Ron Meyer had the following to say:
“Our centennial is designed to bring special memories back to longtime movie lovers and fans, and to engage new audiences with our extraordinary library of films for the first time. Our goal, 100 years later, is to preserve, restore and continue the iconic legacy of this studio for generations to come.”
It’s great that the studio is taking the time and care to give some of their beloved classics the high-def treatment, and I’ll certainly be looking to pick up a fair few from that list. Plus, I wouldn’t mind seeing a few of those released in cinemas. Particularly Jaws.