In a major step toward the preservation of classic motion pictures, Universal Pictures will reconstruct and restore the 1960 epic motion picture "Spartacus," directed by Stanley Kubrick and produced by Kirk Douglas, who also stars.

As part of the restoration process, five minutes of footage cut from the original "Spartacus" will be added to the picture along with the original overture and intermission.Released in 1960, "Spartacus" marked Kubrick's fifth feature film as a director. In addition to Douglas, the cast included Sir Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov and Tony Curtis. Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay based on Howard Fast's best-selling novel.

"Spartacus" was nominated for six Academy Awards and won four, including supporting actor for Ustinov, and cinematography for Russell Metty.

The restorative process will be completed by early 1991.