2012 is Universal Studio's 100th birthday, and they're celebrating it just right. The studio will be restoring 13 classic films from their catalog, releasing new 100th Anniversary Editions on DVD and Blu-Ray, and redoing their logo in theatres, which will first appeal in March in front of DR> SEUSS'S THE LORAX.
The 13 films being restored are: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, THE BIRDS, BUCK PRIVATES, DRACULA (1931), DRACULA (Spanish, 1931), FRANKENSTEIN, JAWS, SCHINDLER'S LIST, OUT OF AFRICA, PILLOW TALK, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE STING, and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I really hope that these new 4K restorations get some kind of theatrical release. I'd imagine JAWS, re-released today, would make a sizable amount of money, and the idea of seeing some of the Universal Monsters features on the big screen would be something too good to pass up.
You can check out more at Universal's Tumblr site, which has the new logo and will be posting information about events throughout the year. It's nice to see a studio treating their catalog releases with real respect, and Universal has brought so much joy and amazing cinema throughout the years that their celebration is well-deserved. I think I speak for all of us when I say... "You may have thought it was safe to go back into the water in the summer of 2012... but you'd be wrong. July 4th weekend, come see JAWS as it was meant to be seen." Am I right?