By Arun Fulara. Posted on May 04, 2015
Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy was recently restored and released by Criterion Collection. The story of its restoration is worthy of a movie itself. The new restored prints of the Apu Trilogy will be screened across theaters in the US this May before releasing on Blu Ray. Watch the trailer for the restored trilogy below.
Indian Express carried a beautiful article on the restoration of the films. Here's an excerpt from that article;
"A boy with a heart-melting innocent smile; a teenager lost in a reverie; and a man coping with the loss of a person most precious to him. Each one of them is introduced as Apu and appear in quick succession in the just-released teaser of The Apu Trilogy. Their images, iconic and breathtaking, are from Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar, respectively, the movies which together form The Apu Trilogy, directed by Satyajit Ray. The teaser provides the glimpses of the movies’ prints — once damaged by a fire — and now reconstructed, restored and ready for release in the US on May 8.
The Friday release is a sort of culmination of an initiative that was launched soon after Ray received an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 1992. According to the Criterion Collection, when sourcing material from Ray’s films for the Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers were dismayed by the poor condition of the existing prints. The following year, after Ray’s death, a project was initiated to restore many of Ray’s films, including The Apu Trilogy. However, the task ahead was not easy. There were difficulties with licensors to tackle and missing prints to locate."