Studiocanal to release new 4K restoration of Michael Powell’s ‘PEEPING TOM’

STUDIOCANAL have announced the release of a brand new 4K restoration of Michael Powell’s iconic serial killer classic, PEEPING TOM, restored by The Film Foundation and BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL and premiering at the 67th BFI London Film Festival on 7 October 2023.

PEEPING TOM will also be released in cinemas across the UK from 27 October 2023 and on Special Edition 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on 29 January 2024.

An influential cinematic masterpiece written by Leo Marks (Twisted Nerve) and starring Carl Boehm (Sissi), Anna Massey (Frenzy), Moira Shearer (The Red Shoes) and Maxine Audley (A King in New York), PEEPING TOM will also play as part of the BFI’s Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger season at BFI Southbank and UK-wide programme (16 Oct – 31 Dec) and at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon (14-22 Oct).

Mark (Carl Boehm), a focus puller at the local film studio, supplements his wages by taking glamour photographs in a seedy studio above a newsagent. By night he is a killer, stalking his victims with his camera forever in his hand trying to capture the look of genuine, unadulterated fear – an obsession that stems from his disturbing and terrifying childhood at the hands of his scientist father. Mark slowly becomes enamoured with Helen (Anna Massey), who lives with her blind mother (Maxine Audley) in the flat downstairs, but how long before he turns the deadly gaze of his camera towards her?

Carl Boehm in Peeping Tom © 1960 Michael Powell (Theatre) Ltd. All Rights Reserved

PEEPING TOM and Powell and Pressburger’s THE SMALL BACK ROOM were restored by The Film Foundation and BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Funding provided by The Film Foundation and STUDIOCANAL. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker for their consultation.

STUDIOCANAL will be unveiling the new 4K restoration of THE SMALL BACK ROOM as part of Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger, and a DCP for OH… ROSALINDA!! will also be newly available.

All three titles will be released in STUDIOCANAL’S Vintage Classics range in 2024.

The 4K restoration of PEEPING TOM will receive its restoration world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on:

Saturday 7 October at 12:30 at BFI Southbank, NFT1

Saturday 14 October at 20:00 at BFI Southbank, Studio

Special Features: 

  • Visions of Voyeurism: Peeping Tom by Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Take Me To Your Cinema: The Legacy of Peeping Tom
  • Restoring Peeping Tom
  • The Eye of the Beholder
  • Intro by Martin Scorsese (2007)
  • Interview with Thelma Schoonmaker (2007)
  • Audio Commentary by Professor Ian Christie
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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