Friday, March 11, 2011

40 Minutes Of Unused Footage Will Be Added To Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time In America'

Sergio Leone's New York gangster epic 'Once Upon a Time in America' is getting the redux treatment. The film will be fully restored by Italy's Bologna Cinemetheque L'Immagine Ritrovata lab, using digital techniques and adding 40 minutes of original footage to its 229-minute running time.

Leone's children, Andrea and Raffaella Leone, have acquired Italian rights to "Once Upon a Time in America," from Arnon Milchan's New Regency, and now aim to bow their redux version, which is being supervised by the pic's original sound editor, Fausto Ancillai, at either the Cannes or Venice fests in 2012.

Warner Bros. rereleased the 229-minute cut of the pic in January re-remastered on Blu-ray.