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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"My Name's Forrest, Forrest Gump." The Classic Film Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with an IMAX Re-Release

You know how there's one movie that you always find yourself defending on social media (or beyond) that everyone else seems to hate all of a sudden? For me, that movie is FORREST GUMP (and also Crash, but that's for another post). Yes, this sappy, little-engine- that-could story is one of my faves.

But despite the fact that the 1994 drama starring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sally Field and Robin Wright won six Academy Awards (not always an indicator of quality, I know, but this is quite impressive) and grossed nearly $300 million domestically, people these days seem to reject it. So when I received the press release today that it will be coming back to theaters for one week in IMAX beginning September 5th, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I felt a sense of satisfaction.

I honestly can't  believe it's been 20 years already. I remember exactly which theater I first saw it and with whom. The new edition will also receive a special Diamond Deluxe Blu-Ray release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on September 30 (which will matter to you Blu-Ray enthusiasts, though I am still cradling my DVD collection).

“As a ground-breaking achievement in both cinematography and visual effects for its time, Forrest Gump has become a modern American movie classic,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment in the press release. “We’re thrilled to once again collaborate with our longtime friends and partners Bob Zemeckis, Tom Hanks and Paramount. This film deserves a platform like The IMAX Experience® to help make its 20th anniversary one to remember.”

I for one am very pleased with this news. While I can't say it will bring me rushing to the theater to see it again (especially since it airs on loop in the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. right here in New York City every day), it will be nice to see whether this gains a new audience. 

What say you? Thoughts on this re-release?


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