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."

 

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Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at Variety.com. He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.