It’s been 100 years since Universal Pictures first delighted us with some of its best movie productions. Deadline was the first to announce that Universal is celebrating its centennial anniversary through a special year-long program. Be prepared to re-view some of the most beautiful movies of the century as the company is determined to restore 13 of its classics.
Everything is possible in the surreal world of the movies and Ron Meyer, the president of the studio wants to recreate this impression by planning some of the most unusual celebrations in 2012. For that he will reorganize the company by adopting a new logo and by making available numerous Blu-ray movie packages.
Various parks will be redecorated to give people the impression that they actually star in a movie with their favorite celebrities. The theme park celebrations will be accompanied by many other special events, premieres and, most important, a major social media campaign. However, the most significant moment of the year-long campaign remains the restoration of 13 classic movies produced by Universal during this century.
If you love American classics, you will be thrilled to hear that a restored version of “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “Schindler’s List” will be available this year. Besides these two movies, you will also be able to re-view the two versions of “Dracula”, Frankenstein” (1931), ‘The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Abbott and Costello’s Buck Privates” (1941), “Pillow Talk” (1959), “To Kill A Mockingbird” (1962), “The Birds” (1963), “The Sting” (1973), “Jaws” (1975) and “Out of Africa” (1985).
“Pillow Talk” is one of Universal’s biggest hits thanks to the great interpretation of Doris Day and Rock Hudson. The movie won an Original Screenplay Oscar and Doris Day’s nomination. Speaking of “Pillow Talk” Meyer confessed that the production is one of its favorite movies of all time. He considers that it was a good choice to restore this movie because the majority of the young viewers today didn’t have the chance to view it.
The President of the Universal Pictures told the press that he hopes all the company’s movies will be restored in the future because they represent great part of the American culture. Comcast and Steve Burke will collaborate with Universal to organize the centennial celebration.