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Chinatown 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Chinatown 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

“Forget it, Jake.  It’s Chinatown.”
So ends a film that is widely recognized as one of the greatest in cinema history.  The haunting noir classic CHINATOWN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Paramount is marking the occasion with a Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD™ release on June 17, 2024.

Produced by the legendary Robert Evans, CHINATOWN was originally released on June 26, 1974 and received widespread critical acclaim along with 11 Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture.  In 1991, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

Robert Towne’s brilliant Academy Award®-winning screenplay weaves a tragic and shocking tale of corruption, greed, and the human propensity for evil.  Powerhouse performances by Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston, a riveting story inspired by real events, vivid imagery, and a stirring score combine to make an unforgettable film that is essential for every cinephile’s collection.

The Limited 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition release includes the restored film on 4K Ultra HD™ disc for the first time ever.  The exacting restoration was completed using the original camera negative, which was repaired using the latest technology in areas that had been previously damaged.  The result is a sparkling 4K Ultra HD presentation that uses more of the best possible source than previous masters and faithfully captures the film’s distinctively dreamy and simultaneously realistic look.  

In addition, this release includes extensive new and legacy bonus content on the 4K Ultra HD™ disc which is detailed below:

  • A State of Mind: Author Sam Wasson On Chinatown – Sam Wasson, film historian and bestselling author of The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years Of Hollywood, on the importance of the film and its legacy.   
  • Chinatown Memories – Legendary producer Hawk Koch shares stories from his time as assistant director on the film.  
  • The Trilogy That Never Was – Sam Wasson discusses the planned third installment of what would have been a trio of movies featuring the character Jake Gittes. 

Additional legacy bonus content which appears on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ discs:

  • Commentary by screenwriter Robert Towne with David Fincher
  • Water and Power
    • The Aqueduct
    • The Aftermath
    • The River & Beyond
  • Chinatown: An Appreciation
  • Chinatown: The Beginning and the End
  • Chinatown: Filming
  • Chinatown: Legacy
  • Theatrical Trailer

Synopsis
Jack Nicholson is unforgettable as private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night.

Chinatown

Street Date: June 17, 2024 (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray) 

Rating: 15 for strong language and moderate violence

Chinatown – 4K ULTRA HD™ and BLU-RAY™ discs are presented in a 16×9 letterbox format.  

4K disc: Audio: English – Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround, English – Restored, French – Parisian, German, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono  
Subtitles: English, English SDH†, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French – Parisian, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish – Castilian, Swedish

Blu-ray disc: Audio: English – Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround, French, Portuguese – Brazilian, Spanish – Latin American Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, English SDH†, French, Portuguese – Brazilian, Spanish – Latin American, English Restored

Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

A ROBERT EVANS Production of a ROMAN POLANSKI Film
JACK NICHOLSON FAYE DUNAWAY
“CHINATOWN”
Co-starring JOHN HILLERMAN PERRY LOPEZ BURT YOUNG and JOHN HUSTON
Production Designer RICHARD SYLBERT Associate Producer C.O. ERICKSON Music Scored by JERRY GOLDSMITH
Written by ROBERT TOWNE Produced by ROBERT EVANS Directed by ROMAN POLANSKI
TECHNICOLOR® PANAVISION® A PARAMOUNT PRESENTATION
©1974 by Long Road Productions. All Rights Reserved

“ACADEMY AWARD®” and “OSCAR®” are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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