On May 17, for one-night-only, a new 4k restoration of the classic film The Dam Busters will screen in cinemas across the UK, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force’s most daring operation of the Second World War.
Prior to the screening, cinemas will broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall where a Special Gala Evening, The Dam Busters with Dan Snow, will be taking place. Snow will pay tribute to Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his comrades of the legendary 617 Squadron. Featuring special guests, an on-stage ‘bouncing bomb’ experiment plus music from the Glenn Miller Orchestra, this gala evening supports the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.
From 7.15pm – 8.15pm proceedings will be simulcast into cinemas nationwide and the event will culminate, in both the Royal Albert Hall and in cinemas broadcasting the stream, with a screening of The Dam Busters, starring Sir Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd, in stunning 4K definition.
Tickets are now available from www.thedambusters75.co.uk
Regarded as a British classic, The Dam Busters is directed by Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run/Around the World in 80 Days). Based on the legendary true story of Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron, The Dam Busters (1955) captures all the thrilling action and suspense of the magnificent exploits of a group of young pilots and their crews, charged with taking out the supposedly impenetrable Ruhr river dams of Germany with an ingeniously designed bouncing bomb. Starring Richard Todd as Gibson and Michael Redgrave as scientist and engineer Dr Barnes Wallis, the film also immortalised composer’s Eric Coates’s masterpiece: The Dam Busters March.
The impact of The Dam Busters on modern filmmakers spans the decades: director George Lucas hired the film’s special effects photographer Gilbert Taylor to work his magic on the original Star Wars; and The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has long been attached to a remake, based around a screenplay by actor/writer Stephen Fry.
The new restoration of The Dam Busters will premiere as one of the Official Opening events for Lincoln’s International Bomber Command Centre, on Saturday April 14.
A brand new Collector’s Edition will be available on DVD / Blu-ray / EST via STUDIOCANAL’S Vintage Classics label from June 4. The extras include an exclusive ‘Making of The Dam Busters’ documentary.