Now, the Cohen Group has achieved a magnificent 4K restoration, and a screening of their work was shown this afternoon at the New York Film Festival. The results are magnificent. It's as if the film had been liberated from the cocoon where it lay dormant for years, and was allowed to breathe and show all of its details. And what a treasure of details it has! The tie clip on Horace Femm's tie (Ernest Thesiger) and the cameo worn by Eva Moore, who portrays the batty Rebecca Femm, are just two of the visuals now easily seen. The make-up on Boris Karloff, created by the great Jack Pierce, is now more frightening than ever. It's not just an out of focus blur as in the past: it's now sharp, and with beautiful contrast and low grain. I don't think one can ask for more.
Take a look at the new 4K trailer below, and it will give you an idea of the work that was put into this film. The blu-ray disc will be available October 24. You can pre-order it by clicking HERE.