STUDIOCANAL has announced the release of a spectacular 4K restoration of Walt Hill’s 70s classic car chase movie THE DRIVER in cinemas from 11 November and available on Steelbook, UHD (with poster), Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 5 December.
A cool cult classic cited by directors including Quentin Tarantino ( Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill ), Edgar Wright ( Baby Driver ) and Nicolas Winding Refn ( Drive ) as a major influence on their work, THE DRIVER was written and directed by Walter Hill ( The Warriors ) and first released within 1978.
The film stars Ryan O’Neal ( Love Story ), Bruce Dern ( Nebraska ) and Isabelle Adjani ( Possession ). O’Neal plays the getaway driver whose exceptional talent has prevented him being caught, Dern plays the relentless detective who sets out to trap him and Adjani performs the mysterious gambler that goes along for the thrill of the game.
The particular neo-noir action thriller takes place in the dark streets of a deserted downtown LA plus features a number of breath-taking vehicle chase sequences, celebrated as some of the greatest in movie history, including The Driver hot-wiring a Ford to make good an escape from a casino heist, before being pursued simply by a succession of police cars; a thrilling set piece where The Driver demonstrates his abilities during the infamous destruction of the Mercedes in an underground car park; and the particular end chase which is a good exhilarating, superbly shot sequence from the freeway to an abandoned warehouse for a tense final showdown.
Walter Slope was part of the crew that filmed Bullitt ten years previously and his experience shows in the particular authentically-fast run after scenes in THE DRIVER. Marking Hill’s second feature after Hard Times starring Charles Bronson, he wrote the script for THE DRIVER in a minimalist style, creating the moody plus riveting film.
Hill says of the story “It is a tale of confrontation between two mean associated with iron will . The characters play as three classical elements: the particular sympathetic criminal, the obsessed representative of the law, and the phantom lady that will appears and also acts because a chorus to the piece. Each is the particular best at what they do; each is committed in order to a life-style that thrives on competition. It is a study associated with games plus games-players . ”
STUDIOCANAL owns one of the largest film libraries in the world, boasting nearly 7000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history. 20 million euros offers been invested into the restoration associated with 700 traditional films over the past 5 many years.
The 35mm Original Color Negative of THE DRIVER was scanned at 4K resolution in Colorworks, who else completed the particular 4K repair including theatrical grade under Walter Hill’s supervision. Studiocanal worked on the UHD mastering, partnering with Roundabout LA to produce a brand new UHD HDR and SDR master.
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