“Are you talkin’ to me? Are you talkin’ to me? Who the fuck do you think you’re talkin’ to?” – its probably one of the most memorable lines from movie history and on May 13th you will be able to here that line once again on the big screen as TAXI DRIVER is coming back to British & Irish Cinemas!
Yesterday we told you about Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture show coming back to the cinema next week and now Martin Scorsese’s legendary Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) is making a welcoming return to a cinema near you! Now newly restored the masterpiece was shown recently at Berlin Film Festival and like The Last Picture Show classic movies like these rarely get an opportunity to be seen once again on the big screen where they belong.Its a chance to see a piece of cinematic history and it is great having DVD, Blu-Ray at home so we can watch the movies over and over again but some movies really belong on the big screen to really appreciate them Taxi Driver is one of them.
Below is an Press release and trailer to promote the newly restored movie too and in true Mr T words, I pity the Fool! yes pity if you miss this one, its 35 years old the same age as me and I wont be that crazy fool to miss this! TAXI DRIVER will be back in UK cinemas from Friday 13 May 2011, opening in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and key cities.
The world premiere of the new digital restoration of TAXI DRIVER took place at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival on 17 February, almost 35 years to the day of its American premiere in 1976.The first film directed by Martin Scorsese to be released by Columbia Pictures, TAXI DRIVER is a dark rumination centering on one man driven to violence by loneliness and desperation, from a stunning original screenplay by Paul Schrader. Starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, the title was nominated for 4 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) in 1977 and the winner of Cannes International Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award 1976.In preparation for its 35th anniversary theatrical release, the cult classic has undergone an extensive, fully 4K digital restoration, under the supervision of Grover Crisp of Sony Pictures.In early 2010, the Original Negative for the feature was scanned at 4k, and the color correction and digital restoration were also completed at 4k. Following the scanning, the files were moved to digital restoration facility Colorworks, where the film was color-graded to match the director-approved prints by colorist Scott Ostrowsky, along with guidance from master cinematographer Michael Chapman (RAGING BULL). While the film was undergoing color grading, the 4K files were transferred to MTI Film, where the digital cleanup began, removing emulsion dirt, repairing torn frames and scratches. After additional guidance from director Martin Scorsese on color grading, framing and repair, the restoration was completed in January 2011. Colorworks prepared the 4K Digital Cinema Package, which also includes a new multi-channel stereo soundtrack approved by the director and created from the original stereo recordings.TAXI DRIVER will be back in UK cinemas from Friday 13 May 2011, opening in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and key cities. The film will also be opening in Australia from Thursday 7 July 2011, for an exclusive presentation at Cinema Nova, Melbourne.