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Press Release SPHE Press Release: Taxi Driver (1976) (4k UHD Combo) (1 Viewer)

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THE ICONIC CLASSIC FROM DIRECTOR MARTIN SCORSESE
RETURNS TO 4K ULTRA HD™
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AVAILABLE AS A LIMITED EDITION 4K ULTRA HD STEELBOOK
JUNE 25TH
SYNOPSIS
Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (1976) and nominated for 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture (1976), TAXI DRIVER stars Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's classic film of a psychotic New York cabbie driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. Co-starring Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd.
DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Restored from the original camera negative, presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • English 5.1 + mono
  • Special Features:
    • Making Taxi Driver Documentary
    • Storyboard to Film Comparisons with Martin Scorsese Introduction
    • Animated Photo Galleries
    • 20th Anniversary Re-Release Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC™
  • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
  • English 5.1
  • Special Features:
    • 40-Minute Taxi Driver Q&A featuring Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Many More Recorded Live at the Beacon Theatre in New York City at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
    • Commentary with Director Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader Recorded by the Criterion Collection
    • Commentaries by Writer Paul Schrader and by Professor Robert Kolker
    • Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver
    • Influence and Appreciation: A Martin Scorsese Tribute
    • Producing Taxi Driver
    • God’s Lonely Man
    • Taxi Driver Stories
    • Travis’ New York
    • Travis’ New York Locations
    • Theatrical Trailer
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Produced By: Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips
Written By: Paul Schrader
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd

SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 114 minutes
Rating: R
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English Mono DTS-HD MA


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Unless I've missed one, this'll be the second film (after Lawrence of Arabia) from Sony's Columbia Classics boxed sets to get a standalone release (from Sony; I'm ignoring Criterion's release of The Last Picture Show, as it's not really a duplicate of what's in Sony's CC set).
 

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Unless I've missed one, this'll be the second film (after Lawrence of Arabia) from Sony's Columbia Classics boxed sets to get a standalone release (from Sony; I'm ignoring Criterion's release of The Last Picture Show, as it's not really a duplicate of what's in Sony's CC set).
Dr. Strangelove was also released as a standalone 4K. Hopefully others like Oliver and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, will also see individual 4K releases.
 

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Per the announced specs, the discs appear to be identical to what was included in the Columbia Classics Vol 2 set.
 

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Glad they are using the Guy Peellaert poster artwork for the cover. It is one of the great movie posters IMHO.
 

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Amazon preorder is live. See bottom of top press release post.
 

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My question is with regards to the final sequence, which has always looked dull and dark and poorly-colored. I have read that this was an intentional modification by Scorcese, apparently after Columbia insisted on it in order to minimize the gore. I have also read that there is no "uncensored" version of this. But, does this mean that the OCN was mangled in this way, or just the prints? If the latter, wouldm't this 4K release be a perfect opportunity to see the film the way it had originally been intended?
 

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The final sequence was optically altered to avoid an X rating. As far as I remember from the special features on the Blu release, the original unaltered footage does not survive.
 

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wouldn't this 4K release be a perfect opportunity to see the film the way it had originally been intended?
As a technical exercise, I wonder if some sort of AI technology could be used to re-saturate the colors, but while it would make for a nice bonus feature, I wouldn't want them to alter the movie.
 

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My question is with regards to the final sequence, which has always looked dull and dark and poorly-colored. I have read that this was an intentional modification by Scorcese, apparently after Columbia insisted on it in order to minimize the gore. I have also read that there is no "uncensored" version of this. But, does this mean that the OCN was mangled in this way, or just the prints? If the latter, wouldm't this 4K release be a perfect opportunity to see the film the way it had originally been intended?
It was discussed here. A pity because I’ve never liked the look of that scene in the released film

 

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The final sequence was optically altered to avoid an X rating. As far as I remember from the special features on the Blu release, the original unaltered footage does not survive.
The host of the local PBS station's Cinema Classics said as much after the end another movie when TD came out.
 

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