The Wrap reports that "Sorcerer" is getting a new recolored digital print and that the aim is to have this pristine new copy play the Venice Film Festival if the restoration can be done in time. "We’re working off the original negative, which is in pretty good shape, but without changing the original concept we have to bring it back in terms of color saturation, sharpness and all the stuff," he explained to the trade. He also adds the re-release will be "all media" as well.
A remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's near flawless “The Wages of Fear,” the film tells the story of four men given the task of transporting unstable dynamite through the South American jungle. At the time, the movie was considered a failure coming on the heels of the wildly successful "The Exorcist," but over time, it has grown in estimation, with many re-discovering the tense thriller, that features a pretty great score from Tangerine Dream. But aside from a DVD release in the early '90s, the movie has pretty much been MIA outside of rep screenings.
This is all pretty exciting stuff and Friedkin will have a full press release in about a week's time (not coincidentally, his memoir "The Friedkin Connection" drops on April 16th). A chance to see this up on the big screen again crisp and clear is tantalizing, but for those of you holding out for a Criterion release? Sorry, it ain't gonna happen.