Janus Films has unveiled the release of new 4K restorations of Satiyajit Ray’s Bengali-language cinematic milestone The Apu Trilogy. With the original negatives severely damaged in a nitrate fire in 1993, restoration of the trilogy, considered to be perhaps the greatest film in Indian film history, was long thought impossible. However, the damaged negatives were preserved by the Academy Film Archive, and recent technological developments have made restoration — a joint project by the Academy and L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna — possible. Based on the novel duology by author Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, the trilogy — Pather Panchali (Song Of The Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World Of Apu) — tells the coming of age of a young Bengali boy in the early 20th century. Boasting a score by Ravi Shankar, the films were made on a tiny budget using amateur actors. The films will begin national re-release May 8 at Film Forum in New York City, and May 29 at Landmark’s Nuart Theater in Los Angeles, with a wide release in art house theaters to follow.
PBS has commissioned a one-hour documentary about the early Tudor monarchy, Inside The Court of Henry VIII, to air April 7 at 8 PM. Intended as a companion to the BBC series Wolf Hall, which debuts April 5 on PBS at 10 PM, the doc will cover the entire reign of the corpulent king, from his youth to his death. Produced by The Ideas Room and directed by Peter Chinn, it was filmed in historically significant locations including Anne Boleyn’s childhood home at Hever Castle, Hampton Court, Lambeth Palace and The Tower of London. The program mixes commentary by expert historians with dramatic reenactments of events from the era. “Henry would brook no opposition to his will,” said”Jeremy Dear, founder of The Ideas Room. “This is a man who fundamentally changed the way the English worshipped, along with their politics and their economy, all to satisfy his own ends.”
Jukin Media’s Fail Army, a joint production with dick clark productions International, is getting a second international season. Twenty half-hour episodes will be produced for broadcast on TV2 Norway, Spike UK, Rogers Media Inc. in Canada, TV3 New Zealand, Foxtel Australia, and Sky Italia, with several other territories in negotiation. The series, based on Jukin’s YouTube channel FailArmy, is an unscripted comedy series showcasing fail videos from around the world, featuring around 60 clips per episode. FailArmy is a Top 100 YouTube channel reporting more than 7 million subscribers, and 1.5 billion total video views. dick clark productions International finances and distributes; dcp and Jukin Media share executive production credit.