Prague’s Kino Lucerna to Screen Restored ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’
While a new digitally-restored version of Steven Spielberg’s seminal sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind was released worldwide last month to coincide with the film’s 40th anniversary, fans in the Czech Republic were left behind.
But this Thursday, October 12, Prague’s Kino Lucerna will be unveiling the new restoration as part of its Film Legends in Lucerna series, sponsored by Expres FM, which brings a classic film back into the iconic cinema every month.
Close Encounters will be presented in its new 4K restoration on Thursday, which brought in $3 million during a special one-week run in the US last month. The re-release coincides with the 40th anniversary of the film, which held its New York premiere on November 14, 1977.
Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and French director François Truffaut star in the film, about man’s first encounter with alien life.
The theatrical re-release of Close Encounters also coincides with a new blu-ray release of the restoration, which was released in the Czech Republic last week.
While the new blu-ray contains three different versions of the film, a 1977 theatrical cut, a 1980 special edition with additional scenes, and a 1997 director’s cut (a re-edit of the 1977 version that includes only some of the additional footage in the 1980 version), the screening at Kino Lucerna this Thursday will be the 4K restoration of the 1997 edition.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest science fiction features ever made, Close Encounters of the Third Kind went on to make more than $300 million upon its release in 1977, and garnered eight Oscar nominations. It won for Cinematography (by Vilmos Zsigmond) and Sound Effects Editing (Frank E. Warner), at the time a special category created for the film.
A new documentary about the director, titled Spielberg, has also been recently released via HBO.