First look at restored 'Himala' in HD

Posted at 09/01/2012 5:23 PM | Updated as of 09/03/2012 10:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Thirty years since it first hit theaters, the Ishmael Bernal classic "Himala" returns to cinemas in restored high-definition quality. Its first stop: the 69th Venice International Film Festival.

The first images showing the restored quality of the Nora Aunor-starrer have been released online. Three comparison screenshots (above) of the original and the restored version show a number of scenes from the 1982 film, which will be screened in the Venice filmfest program titled "Venizia Classici."

Following its Italian debut, "Himala" will also have a local release in cinemas before the end of the year.

"We are planning to re-release it theatrically, on pay TV and cable as well as on DVD. We have big plans for it," said Leo Katigbak, head of ABS-CBN Film Archives.

The award-winning film is the first film to be restored in HD quality by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project, in partnership with Central Digital Lab, Inc.

According to Katigbak, other films that will be restored in HD quality are: Peque Gallaga's “Oro, Plata, Mata”, and a number of Star Cinema films including Olivia Lamasan’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and “Madrasta”; Laurice Guillen’s “Tanging Yaman”; Rory Quintos’ “Anak”; Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Bagong Buwan”; and Chito Roño’s “Dekada ’70.”

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