Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation Will Be Back In Cinemas With New Restoration

As legendary director Francis Ford Coppola prepares to release his passion project, Megalopolis, one of his early classics, The Conversation, is getting a stunning new 4K restoration to mark its 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary Coppola’s seminal neo-noir thriller, THE CONVERSATION, STUDIOCANAL is releasing a brand-new 4K restoration of the Palme D’or winner will return to UK cinemas on July 5, 2024. The film will then be available to own via a special 2-disc 4K UHD Collector’s edition and on digital from July 15. As you can see from the beautiful packaging below, the limited edition set is an absolute must-own!

Speaking about the new restoration, Francis Ford Coppola says: “As you will notice, I have never offered a new version of THE CONVERSATION, which is a film I have always been proud of, I’ve never felt the need to improve. It also features my wonderful collaboration with its editor (along with Richard Chew) and sound designer, Walter Murch which reinforces my belief that cinema is a collaborative effort. I am gratified to have made a film that has lived for 50 years.”

Reported to be Coppola’s favourite of his films, THE CONVERSATION boasts an exceptional cast that includes Gene Hackman (The French Connection, Unforgiven), John Cazale (Dog Day Afternoon, The Godfather), Allen Garfield (Nashville, One From the Heart), Frederic Forrest (Apocalypse Now, Falling Down), Cindy Williams (American Graffiti, ‘Laverne & Shirley‘) and Michael Higgins (Angel Heart, The Stepford Wives) as well as featuring a notable early performance from Harrison Ford (Raiders of The Lost Ark, Witness). As well as the Palme D’or, the film won numerous other awards, including BAFTAs for Editing and Sound, recognising Walter Murch’s (The English Patient, Apocalypse Now) ground-breaking work.

Check out the trailer for the new restoration below.

THE CONVERSATION focuses on Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), a detached and paranoid surveillance expert who finds himself becoming a victim of the same modern technology he uses to destroy others. It begins with a seemingly routine job trailing an unfaithful wife and her lover. But when Harry visits the husband’s office to deliver the incriminating tapes he’s made of the couple, his client’s assistant tries to intercept him. Harry refuses to hand over the recordings and suddenly discovers that he may have captured a conversation about something that’s a lot more important than adulterous goings on.

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