The brand new high-definition restoration of the classic Dam Busters film is being premiered as one of the official opening events for the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln on Saturday 14 April. It will be an outdoor screening, so you might need to wrap up in warm clothing.
For the restoration, STUDIOCANAL went back to the original 1954 camera negative and sound negative. They have produced a 4K DCP, UHD version and a new HD version to the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases. It is this print which will be shown for the first time on 14 April.
A number of other events are taking place that week to mark the opening of the Centre, in Canwick Hill, Lincoln. You can get full details at the IBCC site here.
If you can’t get to Lincoln for this showing of the film, it will be screened again in a cinema near you on Thursday 17 May, in a simulcast with the event that night at the Royal Albert Hall. Full details here.
And if you can’t get to one of those screenings, then you will be able to get a new version on DVD/Blu-ray/EST on STUDIOCANAL’S Vintage Classics label from 4 June, with extras including an exclusive ‘Making of The Dam Busters’ documentary (in which the editor of this blog makes a special appearance). Watch this space!