For a while now, a re-release of William Friedkin’s Sorcerer has been one of the most requested restorations in all of film. Long talked about as a possible Criterion Collection home video release, the film has enjoyed a second life over the last few years, as a new wave of fans have become hooked to all of its charms. And thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer.
The Wrap reports that the film is getting a new print, and that it is looking to debut this new restoration at this year’s Venice Film Festival. A Criterion Collection release this will not be, but the restoration is being done off of the original negative, which is apparently in “good shape.”
I myself have never seen the film, but this will be as good a time as ever to change that. Friedkin is as interesting a filmmaker as there is, and with his recent resurgence in the eyes of film fans around the world, it will be interesting to see just what buzz this restoration gets in cinephile circles. A press release hits next week, so we’ll know more about it then, but while this won’t be a Criterion home video release, this will hopefully be given its just due.
Source The Wrap