Regarded as one of greatest horror films ever soon to be released for the first ever 4k, Ultra High Definition restoration of Nicolas Roeg’s iconic thriller DON’T LOOK NOW (1973). Next month it will open in UK cinemas on July 5, with an DVD and Blu-Ray and in a new collector’s edition release on July 29. A release which will include previously unseen extras material and newly commissioned artwork by illustrator Jeremy Enecio.
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 sceptical, 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.
Praise for DON’T LOOK NOW has continued over the years, and the film has topped Time Out’s Best British Film Of All Time poll twice in a row. The film is also regularly ranked as one of the top horror films of the century, and cited as an influence on many leading directors for their films, including Ben Wheatley, Danny Boyle, Lynne Ramsay, Ryan Murphy and Martin McDonagh. In their tributes to Roeg in 2018, Edgar Wright referred to him as “A master of the art”, Asif Kapadia dubbed him a “Legendary inspirational director” and the BFI called him “A true great if ever there was one.” In recognition of his unique, uncompromising vision, Roeg was also awarded the BFI Fellowship and won the BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Cinema in 2009.
The renowned Roeg shot the film in both the UK and Italy, working with English cinematographer Tony Richmond and Italian composer Pino Donaggio. Richmond has since overseen the new 4k restoration.
For the 2019 restoration of Don’t Look Now , Studiocanal went back to the original camera negative which was scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit and created the following: 4K DCP, UHD version and a new HD version which were produced with the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases. The restoration and new UHD version was colour graded and approved in London at Silversalt by the BAFTA Award-winning cinematographer, Anthony B Richmond.
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