STUDIOCANAL has announced the brand new 4K restoration of John Guillermin’s Academy Award® winning 1976 remake of the iconic Hollywood classic, KING KONG, starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange.
Now restored in 4K for the first time, STUDIOCANAL will re-release the film across 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital as well as a 4K UHD Steelbook from 23 November 2022.
New artworks have been created for the Home Entertainment releases by graphic designer Sophie Bland, and for the 4K UHD Steelbook release by Francesco Francavilla. The 4K UHD will include a limited-edition poster of Sophie Bland’s artwork.
ABOUT THE RESTORATION:
This 2022 restoration is presented by STUDIOCANAL and Paramount Pictures. The 35mm original negative was scanned in 4K and colour graded by Paramount. The restoration and mastering was then carried out at L’Immagine Ritrovata, under the supervision of STUDIOCANAL. The purpose of this restoration was to give a new lease of life to the film for audiences to enjoy on the big screen, and eventually on the smaller screen. A 4K DCP was created, as well as a UHD HDR Dolby Vision master, to enhance the sharpness and brightness in cinemas which is not usually possible with a standard HD master. In addition there is a new, improved and cleaned up 5.1 audio.
Produced by Hollywood legend Dino de Laurentiis (Flash Gordon, Nights of Cabiria, Barbarella), this retelling of the classic monster adventure film went on to jointly win the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects (Carlo Rambaldi, Glen Robinson and Frank Van der Veer), as well as receiving Academy Award® nominations for Best Cinematography (Richard H. Kline) and Best Sound (Harry W. Tetrick, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin and Jack Solomon).
Jessica Lange was also honoured as Best new Actress for her role at the Golden Globes that same year.