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Four Restored Universal Classics Can Be Seen In Theatres Later This Year!!

The Kidd here...

If you've never had the pleasure of witnessing Boris Karloff in FRANKENSTEIN or THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, Gregory Peck in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS on the big screen, here's your chance. 

All four films have been restored for Blu-ray release at different points this year (the 50th anniversary edition of MOCKINGBIRD is already available), and to celebrate Universal Pictures' 100th anniversary, NCM Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies are bringing each to theatres for one night only. 

THE BIRDS is up first on September 19, with a double feature of FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN following in October 24 and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD wrapping up the "TCM Event Series" on November 15. 

Each film will start at 7:00 p.m. local time with special 2:00 p.m. matinees playing in select theatres.

You can absolutely wait to see each and every one of these from the comfort of your couch at home as they hit shelves... but there really is nothing like watching these classics as they were originally intended to be seen, so these might be opportunities you want to take advantage of as they roll around.


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST



    Fucking class

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Any word yet on where they'll be showing?

    by bauerpowerhour

    Google, here I come.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Good news

    by CuervoJones

    Just three comments here. God bless talkbackers' lack of love for good cinema.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:25 a.m. CST

    i cant wait to see birds

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    in theaters, it will be one of those cool things like.."in all reality physics says i should not be seeing this like this"..its gonna be great..

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    I'd like to see Psycho in a theater.

    by F-18

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    what line from The Birds is quoted in Darkman?

    by scenic

    That would be ---(strange pause) just fine .

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Mr Spork, so do I

    by Ricardo

    Amd yes, I've sadly seen the Gus Van Saint version on theaters

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by Katet19

    Great choices. Can't wait to see Frankenstein and Bride on the big screen. Hopefully a list of theaters is out soon. Now if only Hammer would do this so I can see Captain Kronos on the big screen.....

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Well, I'm in PITTSBURGH...

    by Mikey Wood that kills that. We never get that kind of stuff here. Probably would need to go to New York, Philly, or MAYBE Cleveland.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by William Foley

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Is this Blu Ray or 2k format?

    by Lord Elric

    Seeing these on the big screen is great, but my experience with upscaled Blu Ray is...not too great, unfortunately.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by Blu Gilliand

    You can search the theaters showing the Frankenstein double feature here:

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Good year for in-theater viewing

    by Blu Gilliand

    I got to see JAWS on the big screen for the first time earlier this year. Now I'll be able to add FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN to the list. Also, a local theater is showing SHAUN OF THE DEAD the weekend before Halloween. These are all films I've seen multiple times, but having that big screen experience (with an appreciative audience) makes for something special.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Bluray 2k ETC!

    by poseidon72

    These will be 2k but I always see someone who always says that a blu ray projected is inferior. SIMPLY not true. As long as the projector is a quality 1080P or 2k they both look basicaly the same as 1080P is 2k across. Some art houses use cheap $500 projectors to do revivals and yes it probably looks like shit. I do revivals at my local community theater using blu rays but we use a $10,000 1080P projector form a 40 ft throw on a 35 ft wide screen and it looks amazing. I just screened Close Encounters and The Omega Man and they both looked AWESOME. Its the projector that makes the difference,not the source of projection. Having said this these wil be 2k.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    poseidon72, I agree...

    by Lord Elric

    Blu Ray can look amazing when projected properly. Unfortunately, a recent attempt by a local theater showing BLADE RUNNER resulted in a dim image with a 2.35:1 image wrapped up in a 1.78:1 frame. But South, there's been a monthly showing of horror movies that, from what I hear, has looked great. Good to hear that these are 2k, though.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I know what I'll be doing on my birthday

    by dukeroberts

    A Frankenstein double feature.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by poseidon72

    I didnt realize Fathom was doing these showings. Ive read that Fathom beams these via satelite and Ive heard Fathom events are 720P.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Aaarrrgghh. It's on a WED., though...

    by Lord Elric

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Great news

    by Jazzy Jerk

    Earlier this year, I saw Casablanca on the big screen, a film I had never seen before. It's a rare treat to have the opportunity to see such a film in the theater. The theater was packed, and no one was talking or texting, which is also a rare treat. At the end, there was thunderous applause, which absolutely floored me. For those who are worried that these films won't play in their local theaters, Fathom Events regularly shows various films (concert films more than anything else) in my local theater, and I don't live in a big city. When I saw Casablanca, they charged a couple bucks more than for a regular film, but I was happy to pay it. And I'll be happy to pay the money for these four classic films.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Definitely going to see To kill a mockingbird

    by Detective_Fingerling

    Shockingly there are a lot of theaters showing it within a 50 mile radius of me.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Seeing 'Rear Window' on Saturday night in a full theater....

    by Raptor Jesus

    One of the best movie experiences I've ever had.

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    These won't be shown on film

    by Davidhessstation

    These will be projected off a blu ray. Don't waste your money.