Uni­ver­sal faves get big-screen show­ings

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Some weeks back, we tipped the hat to Dublin’s Screen Cin­ema for its im­pres­sive reper­tory sea­son of vin­tage movies. The news gets bet­ter.

To­day marks the launch of a new project by Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures that brings a se­ries of clas­sics, each reis­sued in snazzy dig­i­tal prints, to a range of cin­e­mas through­out the state (well, there’s two out­side Co Dublin, any­way). Join­ing the Screen in D’Olier Street are Movies@Dun­drum, Cineworld Dublin, IMC Dún Laoghaire, Om­ni­plex Santry, SGC Dun­gar­van and Om­ni­plex Gal­way.

The sea­son be­gins to­day with Stan­ley Kubrick’s mighty Spar­ta­cus and con­tin­ues into Novem­ber with The Blues Broth­ers, Scar­face, The Thing and An­i­mal House.

“This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for Ir­ish audiences to see some of Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures’ amaz­ing back cat­a­logue of ti­tles on the big screen,” says David Burke, gen­eral man­ager of Uni­ver­sal Ire­land. “We look for­ward to reis­su­ing fur­ther time­less clas­sics in 2010. Feed­back from our cin­ema part­ners has been ex­traor­di­nary; there’s been phe­nom­e­nal de­mand so far.”

Far be it from us to at­tempt to in­flu­ence the mighty Uni­ver­sal, but that com­pany does still hold the rights to the great­est se­ries of hor­ror films in Hol­ly­wood’s his­tory. Reel News would cer­tainly look kindly on a reis­sue of Bride of Franken­stein or The Old Dark House in the new year.

“Are you the po­lice?” “No, ma’m, we’re mu­si­cians”: Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in The Blues Broth­ers (1980)

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