Universal celebrates centennial with new logo and restorations of 'Jaws,' 'Dracula' and others
Universal Pictures is celebrating its 100 birthday in style, with a flashy new logo and plans to restore 13 of the studios's classic films.
Among the notable films that the studio is restoring (for home release, as part of a limited edition 100th Anniversary Collector’s Series) are Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," two versions of Tod Browning's 1931 screamer "Dracula" (both the English and Spanish language versions), the Gregory Peck-starring "To Kill a Mockingbird" and a double dose of Steven Spielberg, with both "Jaws" and "Schindler's List" making the cut. Some of the titles aren't quite as obvious but are nonetheless a welcome addition, including the Abbott and Costello WWII comedy "Buck Privates," the Doris Day-Rock Hudson romp "Pillow Talk" and Sydney Pollack's 1985 best picture winner "Out of Africa."
The complete list: "All Quiet on the Western Front," "The Birds," "Buck Privates," "Dracula (1931)," "Dracula" (Spanish version -1931), "Frankenstein," "Jaws," "Schindler’s List," "Out of Africa," "Pillow Talk," "Bride of Frankenstein," "The Sting" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Meanwhile, the latest logo is a new spin on the familiar image of the earth emblazoned with the company's name. Although now it says "100th Anniversary" and, somewhat inconspicuously, "A Comcast Company."
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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