Legendary movie star James Dean is to look better than ever with his three movies undergoing a 4K restoration. His most famous, Rebel Without A Cause, will be making its revitalised premiere at the Berlin Film Festival later this year.
Restored by Warner Bros. in collaboration with The Film Foundation the restoration work has been funded by Warner Brothers, GUCCI, and The Film Foundation.
The restoration of Rebel Without A Cause was completed from an 8K scan of the original CinemaScope widescreen version from the camera negative held at the Warner Bros studios. Due to color fading, the original camera negative could no longer yield an acceptable photochemical print.
The stereo soundtrack was reconstructed by Chace Audio at Deluxe from the magnetic soundtrack stripes of release prints due to the original stereo soundtrack master being deleted after the movie was completed.
Nicholas Ray’s iconic film, Rebel Without A Cause, immortalised James Dean and captured the zeitgeist of America in the 1950s perfectly. Nearly sixty years after the actor’s tragic death, his explosive performances remain as powerful today as when they first appeared in cinemas.
In addition to the restoration of Rebel Without A Cause Warner Brothers has also restored, in 4K, Giant and East of Eden.
James Dean’s roles in East of Eden and Giant brought him two Oscar nominations. His posthumous nomination for the former was the first of its kind for the awards ceremony and was the only film in which he starred to be released before his death.
Rebel Without A Cause will be presented by film distributor Park Circus and following the international launch at Berlin Film Festival all three movies will be released in international territories throughout 2014.
Along with Rebel Without A Cause, Dean’s performances in Giant and East of Eden ensured the star left a lasting legacy that cemented his place in popular culture and film history. – Park Circus
James Dean died aged only 24 in 1955 following a car crash. While only three major films starred the young actor he had previously made many television acting appearances.