Classic films in all their glory

By Lorraine Gibson.

AN eclectic feast of classic films on 35mm film is coming to The Regent in Christchurch as Dirt in the Gate Movies – Dorset’s specialist 35mm film exhibitors – presents a new programme of celluloid favourites in all their original glory.
Forget watching era-defining cinematic treasures such as Jaws or Cinema Paradiso on DVD in your lounge and see them as they were intended to be seen, at the cinema, on the big screen with all the colours, sounds and details that made them so acclaimed in the first place.
After a screening of the celebrated 1980 comedy Airplane!, starring Leslie Nielsen, recently, next up is James Cameron’s The Abyss (15) on Friday 10 February, offering film fans a rare chance to see his 1989 special edition version of the tense alien thriller.

Sent to recover nuclear weapons from a sunken US submarine, a team of deep-sea oil riggers and Navy Seals discovers alien life in this watery adventure which, despite underperforming at the box-office on its theatrical release, has gone on to earn critical success and is now recognised as a major technical achievement.
Director Cameron’s extended cut, which can be experienced on 35mm for one day only, plays up its cold war context and restores his intended ending. Tickets are £10.
Other films in the schedule include RoboCop and Logan’s Run. Watch this space for dates.

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