To celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary, Michael Cimino’s epic masterpiece The Deer Hunter has been restored with a brand new 4K restoration, releasing on Blu-ray, The Collector’s Edition and EST 20th August, and on 4K Ultra HD 15th October. For one day only, Park Circus will showcase the film in cinemas from 4th July – the release date coinciding with America’s Independence Day.
In 1978, it won five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter is widely acknowledged as a cinematic masterpiece and contains some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
When Michael (Robert De Niro), Steven (John Savage) and Nick (Christopher Walken) are captured by the Vietcong, they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors, who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them physically and mentally scarred, and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfill an old promise to one of his friends, he makes an unexpected, horrific discovery.
It also features performances from Meryl Streep, Michael and Nick’s love interest, and John Cazale (The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon) as their unhinged and insecure friend Stan.
For the 40th anniversary restoration, StudioCanal went back to the original 35mm negative, which was scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit. The restoration was completed at Silver Salt in London, who created a restored 4K DCP and UHD version for the home entertainment release.