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STUDIOCANAL announce 4K restoration of Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein

July 16th, 2021

STUDIOCANAL today announce the 4K restoration of “master director” Joseph Losey’s (The Servant) classic of the doppelgänger paranoia genre, MR. KLEIN, with its 4K release marking the 45th Anniversary of the film.  A new artwork for the film has been created in celebration of this special release.

With a Kafkaesque focus on the themes of identity and obsession, the César Award-winning political thriller stars Alain Delon (Le Samouraï, Zorro) in his career-defining role, with a special appearance from Jeanne Moreau (Jules et Jim, Nikita).

Having been restored by the team at Hiventy, overseen by STUDIOCANAL, the film will be released theatrically in France and USA later this summer.  The restored film will receive its Home Entertainment release, featuring new exclusive bonus content, across STUDIOCANAL’s territories in September 2021.

 

Theatrical Release Dates:

FRANCE – LES ACACIAS – Coming Soon

USA – RIALTO PICTURES – Date TBC

 

Home Entertainment Release Dates:

FRANCE – September 1st 2021

UK – September 13th 2021

GERMANY – September 23rd 2021

USA – CRITERION – December 2021

 

SPECIAL FEATURES available on Blu-Ray

  • Introduction by Jean-Baptiste Thoret (Film Critic & Historian)
  • Interview with Henri Lanoe (Editor of MR. KLEIN)
  • “Reviewed by” Michel Ciment (Renowned Film Critic & Editor of Positif magazine)

Restoration Details

The restoration was undertaken by Hiventy with the support of CNC (Centre National du Cinéma). The team decided to make a 4K scan from the original 35mm negative because they noticed that there was a recurring flaw that appeared every 20 images, on the first quarter to the left, likely due to the process of grain reduction during the printing process.

The 4K color grading was made in a digital projection room, in a DaVinci Resolve V15 workstation, aiming to achieve the color result similar to the 35mm projections. To achieve that, a 35mm operating copy was used as a reference during the entire process.

The audio restoration, also made from the 35mm sound negative, took place in a room with properly calibrated equipment, for a movie theater quality standard.

The restoration team paid particular attention to respect the original image texture and grain, resulting in a faithful restoration work to the original film negative.

Synopsis

It’s January 1942 in Paris and art dealer Robert Klein is making a killing. For this loyal Frenchman, the Nazi occupation is a unique business opportunity, since Jews fleeing the country are unlikely to haggle over their heirlooms’ worth. But when a Jewish newspaper turns up on Klein’s doorstep, his comfortable life begins to unravel. It seems there’s another Robert Klein, a suspected Jewish Resistance fighter, who’s content to live in the shadows and let his namesake take the fall. As Klein’s investigation of his double progresses, the mood shifts from Hitchcock to Kafka and proving his innocence becomes less important than confronting his doppelgänger…

About STUDIOCANAL

STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets – France, the United Kingdom and Germany – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting nearly, 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist, The Graduate, The Third Man and Belle de jour.

STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, Non-Stop and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy, Augustine Frizzell’s The Last Letter from your Lover adapted from Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel, Navot Papushado’s female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake and Gil Kenan’s live action A Boy called Christmas.

STUDIOCANAL is actively producing and developing a slate of premium international TV series in-house, as well as through its network of award-winning subsidiary production companies, which includes Germany’s TANDEM Productions (Shadowplay), the UK’s RED Production Company (Years and Years, It’s a Sin, Finding Alice), URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds) and Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Instinto). The company is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price, and Meta Louise Foldager (Ride Upon the Storm) and Benedict Cumberbatch’s SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose).

STUDIOCANAL produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year distributing productions and CANAL+ Creation Originale worldwide with 1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution.