Hollywood Classics Plans ‘Zabriskie Point’ Re-bow

Zabriskie Point

Re-release builds up to new Pink Floyd album

International film licensing outfit Hollywood Classics will re-release the 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni drama “Zabriskie Point” in the U.K. starting Oct. 24, in anticipation of the first new album in 20 years from the band Pink Floyd, whose music is featured in the film.

A commercial and critical bomb at the time of its release, the film remains notable for its counter-culture setting and music, which in addition to Pink Floyd includes The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Jerry Garcia and John Fahey. The movie, which will be released in DCP, represented a combination of good timing and opportunity for the company to re-release.

“We are aiming to re-release a variety of vintage films onto DCP throughout the next 12 months and while reviewing the selection of features available to us, we also realized Pink Floyd was gearing up to release their new album,” said John Ramchandani Hollywood Classics managing director.

“As Pink Floyd’s music plays such an integral role in Antonioni’s cult classic, this fortunate coincidence seemed like a good opportunity to remind the cinema-going audience of ‘Zabriskie Point.’”

Pink Floyd will release their fifteenth and reportedly last album, “The Endless River,” internationally on Nov. 7 and in the U.S. on Nov. 10; the “Zabriskie Point” re-release will begin at the Curzon Mayfair theatre in London on Oct. 24, expanding to Picturehouse Cinemas theatres across the U.K. beginning Nov. 2.

Originally distributed by MGM in 1970, “Zabriskie Point” represents one of a library of films that Hollywood Classics licenses, as it represents all MGM films pre-1986 for theatrical distribution rights in markets outside North America. The company represents similar rights for a number of studios, including 20th Century Fox, which led to the 2013 U.K. re-release of Fox’s 1967 Elizabeth Taylor classic “Cleopatra.”

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  1. PETER JAY says:

    What happened to the handsome, young unknown star of Zabriskie Point? Wasn’t he murdered in prison with a gym weight dropped on him?

    • scott macdonough says:

      27-year-old Mark Frechette died in a Massachusetts prison when a 150-pound weight “fell” on him. Although his death was ruled “accidental”, rumors still persist that the young actor was murdered. . . In addition to the U.K., are there any plans to re-release “Zabriskie Point” in the U.S.? I certainly hope so since, despite the critical blasting the film received in 1970, I still recall it vividly 44 years after first seeing it, along with Rod Taylor’s first-rate (and unappreciated) performance, and the literally explosive finale. I can’t remember ever seeing a movie quite like “Zabriskie Point”, and it truly must be seen on the huge anamorphic theatrical screen, and not on home video. As for Mr. Frechette (a non-professional actor), he was perfectly cast and went on to star in two European films, neither of which has ever been shown in the U.S.

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