Cronenberg's Crash To Get 4K Restoration
Exciting news for David Cronenberg fans, it was announced on July 24th that Crash will be getting a brand new 4K restoration, which will screen at this year’s Venice Film Festival! Cronenberg’s haunting erotic thriller, based off the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name, won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival when it debuted 23 years ago, but the film was anything but a smash hit. The film’s depiction of fetishistic sexual situations that are instigated by violence and characters loaded with grotesque physical scarring caused the controversy you’d expect.
Though often confused with Paul Haggis’ melodramatic drama of the same name, which somehow won best picture in 2006 (against the likes of Brokeback Mountain, Capote, and Munich), Cronenberg’s Crash was critically panned, but oddly enough, it was one of those films that fans dug way more than critics. Due to its oddity and very unique story, the film has since found a sustainable cult audience, which should be thrilled that the film is getting the re-release it deserves.
The best news of all, though, is that the restoration will be for the uncut, NC-17 version of the film, which very few have probably had the opportunity to see. The restoration will be completed by Recorded Picture Company and Turbine Media Group, which will be supervised by Cronenberg and director of photography Peter Suschitzky.
If you’re like us, you’re curious about how the 4K restoration was created. The uncut Crash was created based on the original negative of the film with several film experts brought in to oversee the transfer and ensure that nothing was lost during conversion. This meticulous process helped preserve grain structure and detail, which will make for an absolutely lovely restore.
“Strange to think that this movie needed restoration,” said Cronenberg. “Seems like only yesterday that we were shooting it. Just emphasizes the fragility of our beautiful art form, but also its resilience. Wonderful to see it and hear it in its full glory after its loving resurrection by Turbine.”
Recorded Picture Company’s Jeremy Thomas added his two cents: “Delighted that this meticulous restoration, done by Turbine and supervised by David Cronenberg and Peter Suschitzky will be available for people who loved the film and new audiences, and fans of David Cronenberg and J.G. Ballard.”
No word, outside of the Venice screening has been announced as of yet. We’ll keep our ear to the ground for an official release date, and look forward to re-watching this dark gem again.
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