The Writer, the Aristocrat, the Star: DCP Classics

Posted by Anna Husted on 6.15.2012

Some films were just meant for the big screen. When the lights go down and the curtains pull back, these cinematic masterpieces are nothing short of magnificent, transforming the screen into a window of entertainment and contemplation on the human condition. We are excited to present three such films in a stunning new way as part of our DCP Classics matinee series.

Rapidly becoming the industry standard for new and classic films, Digital Cinema Package (or DCP) technology scans 35mm (and 70mm) film negatives into digital files and then plays them back from a hard drive. Digital cinema encoding facilities follow strict guidelines for ensuring compatibility with digital equipment, resulting in gorgeous versions of these films at 2k or 4k resolution, with top quality sound to match. 

Suffering from isolation sickness—something we’re all prone to from time to time—Jack (Jack Nicholson in his most iconic role) takes things to a blood-curdling level in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (screening June 23, 26 & 28). The dark side of human nature rears its ugly head as Jack resists the urge to drink and murder—or tries, anyway. Going after his son Tony (played by the eerie Danny Lloyd) and his wife Wendy (a freakishly pitch-perfect Shelley Duvall), Jack ends up where it all began: on a winding path to nowhere. Exchange the axe for some popcorn and be thankful for the short winter.

Five years before the other Master of Macabre released The Shining, he made the indelible historical drama Barry Lyndon (screening June 22, 25 & 27). Barry (the fabulous Ryan O’Neal) is a piece of work. Likable, yet obnoxiously arrogant and entitled without good reason, Barry's social ambition turns out to be the source of his tragedy. His rise after marrying a wealthy woman and taking her name is quickly follows by a highly precipitous (and somewhat satisfying) fall.

But first, you won't want to miss George Cukor's A Star is Born (screening June 18, 20 & 21), Judy Garland’s fateful return to the screen after a four-year absence from 1950 to 1954. In this remake of the 1937 Janet Gaynor/Fredric March drama Star, Garland plays rising talent Esther Blodgett aka Vicki Lester aka Mrs. Norman Maine. It is truly one of the greatest musicals of all time and, like the on-screen audience, you'll surely long to give it a standing ovation.

No matter how many times you've seen these films before, we guarantee you've never seen them quite like this. So join us over the next two weeks to revisit these masterworks from the Warner Brothers library. Tickets are just $7 for Members ($10 for General Public). Or see all three films for just $15 with our DCP Classics package!

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