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  Follow the bouncing bomb
  On 17th May 2018, for one-night-only, a new 4k restoration of the classic film The Dam Busters will screen in cinemas across the UK, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force's most daring operation of the Second World War. Prior to the screening, cinemas will broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall where a Special Gala Evening, The Dam Busters with Dan Snow, will be taking place. Tickets are available at the link above.

Regarded as a British classic, The Dam Busters is directed by Michael Anderson (Logan's Run/Around the World in 80 Days). Based on the legendary true story of Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron, The Dam Busters (1955) captures all the thrilling action and suspense of the magnificent exploits of a group of young pilots and their crews, charged with taking out the supposedly impenetrable Ruhr river dams of Germany with an ingeniously designed bouncing bomb. Starring Richard Todd as Gibson and Michael Redgrave as scientist and engineer Dr Barnes Wallis, the film also immortalised composer Eric Coates's masterpiece: The Dam Busters March.

The impact of The Dam Busters on modern filmmakers spans the decades: director George Lucas hired the film's special effects photographer Gilbert Taylor to work his magic on the original Star Wars; and The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has long been attached to a remake, based around a screenplay by actor/writer Stephen Fry.

A brand new Collector's Edition will be available on DVD / Blu-ray / EST via STUDIOCANAL's Vintage Classics label from June 4th. The extras include an exclusive 'Making of The Dam Busters' documentary.
  Graeme Clark [27 Feb 2018 at 09:25]

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