The South by Southwest Film Festival will unveil the restoration on Monday in Austin, Texas. The new version of the film will be in cinemas this summer with a new 4K transfer from the original 16 mm prints.
Hooper shot the original film in 1973 with a crew of Austin film students and recent graduates in Round Rock, Texas. Todd Wieneke of Dark Sky Films took control of the restoration, which took place in Chicago and needed five months of 40-hour workweeks to complete. All 120,960 frames were transferred to a 4K scan.
According to EW – “It’s great on the big screen,” says filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who cowrote and directed the infamous 1974 film in the countryside outside of Austin, and also worked on the restoration. “It’s in 7.1 sound that completely wraps around you and in 4K [resolution]. The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did.”
The great new poster is by artist Jason Edmiston.
Poster and info from EW – Inside Movies