Just as vibrant and urgent as it was when it debuted in 1975, Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” is perhaps the perfect historical epic to be re-introduced to a brand new audience. Masterfully crafted and featuring a slew of all-time performances (you’ve scarcely seen the full depth of Ryan O’Neal’s talents if you haven’t seen the feature), the Oscar- and BAFTA-winning film really does hold up (and it was overlooked during its own time), and the BFI is banking on that appeal to help send a new re-release over the top.
In advance of the new UK re-release of the film, the BFI and Warner Bros. commissioned Ignition Creative London to craft a new trailer for the film, one that builds in a contemporary feel without sacrificing the film’s authenticity (and includes a modern take on the film’s title music, George Frideric Handel’s “Sarabande”) and helps introduce (or, hopefully, re-introduce) its scope and scale to moviegoers.
As the BFI notes, the trailer has already been approved by Jan Harlan, the film’s executive producer, who said, “The trailer does the film justice. Brilliant. I am looking forward to watching the film again.”
“Barry Lyndon” is the fifth film to be re-released by the BFI as part of their on-going partnership with Warner Bros., which has included previous re-releases of “Doctor Zhivago,” “Blade Runner: The Final Cut,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Shining.”
BFI will re-release “Barry Lyndon” in UK theaters on July 29. Any chance America can get in on this action?
Watch the new trailer below: