Don’t Look Now, based on Daphne du Maurier’s short story is a stunningly shot horror/thriller from 1973. The film follows a couple, John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) as they try to rebuild their lives following the tragic death of their daughter. They couple are in Venice, where John is restoring a Church, when they meet a pair of odd sisters ((Hilary Mason and Clelia Matania) who tell them that their daughter is with them. This brings John and Laura closer together, but it soon causes friction in their relationship. Then they begin to see their daughter walking the Venice waterways.
Nicolas Roeg’s film brings together a lot of elements – gothic horror, thriller, drama, religious iconography, loss and the afterlife are just a few and he merges them to create a film that has a dreamlike quality. In lesser-hands the film could have collapsed under such weighty themes, but Roeg supports it by groundling the film in reality. He’s aided by Sutherland and Christie, who were at the height of their ‘70s movie star powers, along with cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond, composer Pino Donaggio and editor Graeme Clifford – who all do sterling work.
A new 4k, Ultra High Definition restoration of Roeg’s film will open in UK cinemas on July 5 before being released on DVD and Blu-Ray and in a new collector’s edition on July 29. This will include previously unseen extras material and newly commissioned artwork by illustrator Jeremy Enecio.