August 4, 1971: Two bank robbers stormed a bank, taking 18 hostages and demanded 2 Million Deutsche Mark in ransom. As word spread, nearly 5,000 bystanders had gathered in front of the bank to catch a glimpse of the savage stand-off. By nightfall, after tense negotiations, police provided the ransom and getaway car. The bandits stormed out of the the bank with a 19-year-old hostage, ready to flee the scene...
This nerve-shattering event marked the first hostage-taking emergency in Germany after World War 2.
Bloody Friday, was released one year after the actual event and was helmed by director Rolf Olsen, (The Last Ride To Santa Cruz, When Night Falls On The Reeperbahn) one of the leading German genre filmmakers of the 1960's and 1970's. Bloody Friday is widely considered by Euro-crime cinephiles, as his crowning achievement and one of the greatest Krimi films of its era. This Italian-German co-production stars Raimund Harmstorf, Amadeus August and Gianni Macchia. The soundtrack was composed by Euro-soundtrack fave Francesco De Masi.
We're launching this 2K restoration to save Bloody Friday before it is lost forever.
The original camera negative is damaged beyond repair. Missing frames, splices, tears, water damage, non-removable dirt and deep scratches. All available 35mm positive prints were printed on Kodak or Ferrania material that have faded over time. There are only 4 known positive prints left in existence, all with the same problems.
We will use the intermediate positive for our restoration. This is a direct positive copy of the original negative and retains the accurate color representation. This is the second-best option in the case of a damaged camera negative and perfectly suitable for our DVD/Blu-ray release.
The preservation of this film has been woefully neglected. We intend to step in before its too late.
* This limited-edition 2-disc set of Bloody Friday will contain a Blu-ray, along with an NTSC DVD in English for our North American customers exclusive to Kickstarter.
* Our German customers will receive the same Blu-ray with a PAL DVD, in German and will also be exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.
* To keep our costs down, one Blu-ray will be produced and will feature bi-lingual menu and chapter designs.
* First time Bloody Friday will be available uncut and uncensored in America.
* Includes both the English dub and the original German language, with newly created English subtitles.
* The uncut version includes scenes never dubbed into English. If you are watching the film in the dubbed version, these new scenes we will include English subtitles.
The release of Bloody Friday marks the debut of Subkultur Entertainments in the North America. Since bursting into the German market 5 years ago, Subkultur has gained enthusiastic praise from movie collectors, releasing deluxe editions of such films as Scanners, The Wanderers, Bullet Train, Silent Trigger and Don't Go In The House. Future titles are planned for North American release and we will continue to offer fans a wide range of European, Japanese and North American cult movies.
This BD/DVD release of Bloody Friday will be produced by Elijah Drenner. No stranger to the world of wild cinema, Drenner has not only directed the acclaimed documentaries American Grindhouse and That Guy Dick Miller, but he has helped resurrect countless cult classics, helping them find the audiences they deserve. If you've ever spun Spider Baby, Death Spa or Raw Force on your home console -- then you have you no doubt seen the fruits of his labor.
Risks and challenges
We will begin work on the restoration once we receive our fundraising goal. The restoration process will take several months. The current plan is to have Bloody Friday released in October of 2015. However, film restoration is a meticulous process, and there is always the possibility of a delay. If such a delay does occur, we will keep all of our backers up to date.
During the restoration period, we will also begin work on the bonus features.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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