The Dambuster 4K Restoration Lands June 4th

Regarded as a British classic, THE DAM BUSTERS is directed by the late Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run/Around the World in 80 Days).

Based on the legendary true story of Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron, THE DAM BUSTERS (1955) captures all the thrilling action and suspense of the magnificent exploits of a group of young pilots and their crews, charged with taking out the supposedly impenetrable Ruhr river dams of Germany with an ingeniously designed bouncing bomb. Starring Richard Todd as Gibson and Michael Redgrave as scientist and engineer Dr Barnes Wallis, the film also immortalised composer’s Eric Coates’s masterpiece: The Dam Busters March.

THE DAM BUSTERS will be available on DVD / Blu-ray / EST and Collector’s Edition via STUDIOCANAL’S Vintage Classics label from June 4th, with a host of extras including an exclusive ‘Making of The Dam Busters’ documentary. The Collector’s Edition will include the feature in 1.37 and 1.75 aspect ratios, a 64-page booklet, a rare aerial photographic print of the Möhne Dam following the raid (signed by the surviving members of the original 617 Squadron), an RAF Chastise Lancaster Bombers poster and a set of 5 art cards. Pre-order here: https://amzn.to/2I4z400

On the 17th May, the actual anniversary of the raid, TV historian Dan Snow will host commemorations at the Royal Albert Hall, including a screening of the film. The event will also be simulcast into over 380 cinemas nationwide. Tickets are available fromhttps://www.thedambusters75.co.uk/

For the 2018 restoration of the film, STUDIOCANAL went back to the original 1954 camera negative and sound negative. The camera negative was scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit and the ACES workflow was applied to the restoration process which resulted in the creation of a 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.

RELEASE DETAILS
              Cert: BBFC - PG (racist terms, mild bad language) / IFCO –
              G
              Running Time: DVD - 122 mins approx. / BD – 126 mins
              approx.
              Extras:
              • New The Making Of The Dam Busters documentary (39 mins)
              • New Restoration featurette (4 mins 57)
              • 617 Squadron remembers – documentary from 2010 (56 mins)
              • Sir Barnes Wallis – documentary from 1972 (28 mins)
              • Footage of the bomb tests (6 mins 42)
              • Dam Busters Royal Premiere (1955) - (3 mins 09)
              • Dam Busters Reunion (1955) - (2 mins 55)
              • Behind the scenes stills gallery
              DVD
              Disc 1: Feature with aspect ratio in 1.37:1
              Disc 2: Extras as per above list
              BD
              Single disc: Feature with aspect ratio in 1.37:1 &
              extras as per above list
              Collector’s Edition
              DVD Disc 1: Feature with aspect ratio in 1.37:1
              DVD Disc 2: Feature with aspect ratio in 1.75:1
              DVD Disc 3: Extras as per above list
              BD Disc 1: Feature with aspect ratio in 1.37:1 &
              extras as per above list
              BD Disc 2: Feature with aspect ratio in 1.75:1
              Additionally, the Collector’s Edition will include:
              64-page booklet with foreword by Dan Snow
              5 art cards
              RAF Chastise Lancaster Bombers poster
              Reproduction photograph of the Möhne Dam after the raid
              signed by the original 617 Squadron

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