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Sony Pictures and AMC Theatres Bring Newly Restored "Taxi Driver" to Theaters for Two Days to Celebrate Its 35th Anniversary

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 12:14 PM

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Sony Pictures and AMC Theatres are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the movie Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro by releasing a newly restored version of the movie into select AMC Theatres locations for two days this month.

Taxi Driver - 35th Anniversary will be shown at certain AMC locations on the following days and times:

Saturday, March 19 at 8pm

Tuesday, March 22 at 8pm

To find a theater near you, head over to the Showtimes page by selecting one of the dates above.

Sony Pictures undertook an extensive, fully 4K digital restoration of the movie in preparation for a Blu-ray home video release on April 5, 2011. From the press release:

Working from the original camera negative, the film was scanned at 4K (the equivalent resolution of the 35mm negative) with color correction and digital restoration to remove imbedded emulsion dirt and repair torn frames and scratches, which was also completed at 4K.

Finishing work, including the creation of the TAXI DRIVER 4K Digital Cinema Package, which also includes a multi-channel stereo soundtrack approved by the director and created from the original stereo recordings, was completed at full-service digital intermediate facility Colorworks at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

Select AMC locations will be able to play the movie in its full 4K resolution if they are equipped with 4K Digital Cinema Projectors. To find these 4K presentations, look for the "4K" designation in the notes that appear below the showtimes.

Taxi Driver grossed more than $28 million at the box office in 1976 by telling the story of Travis Bickle (De Niro) a veteran who battles insomnia by working as a taxi driver at night. Bickle, dejected about what a cesspool the city is at night, sees one bright spot in his dark world, Betsy (Shepherd) a campaign worker for a Senator aspiring to become President. Travis becomes obsessed with Betsy and obsesses to make the world a better place, particularly for Iris (Foster), a 12-year-old runaway and prostitute who he tries to rescue.

Whether or not you'll be able to make it to the theater on these two days, you can get a copy of this movie for yourself on Blu-ray on April 5th. Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com has it available for pre-order now at 48% off the list price!

Taxi Driver [Blu-ray] -- Amazon.com

Source: AMC Entertainment Inc. Press Release

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