1955 film “This Island Earth” on Blu-ray in July

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The 1955 Science Fiction / Horror film This Island Earth is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 9th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Joseph M. Newman, starred Jeff MorrowFaith DomergueRex Reason, Lance FullerRussell Johnson, and Douglas Spencer. The tech specs for the release include 1080p video from a new 4K scan in both the 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios with (presumably) DTS-HD Master Audio sound – although not yet confirmed. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly through Shout! Factory. Details about the release and bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • NEW 4K scan of the inter-positive – Two aspect ratios: 1.85:1 and 1.37:1
  • NEW The Original Perspecta Stereophonic Sound restored by 3-D Film Archive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with author and Academy Award winning visual effects artist Robert Skotak
  • NEW Audio Interview with film historian David Schecter on the music of THIS ISLAND EARTH
  • NEW Alien Ideas – an interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash)
  • NEW Facts about Perspecta Stereophonic Sound by Bob Furmanek
  • THIS ISLAND EARTH – Two and A Half Years in the Making: The Extended Documentary – a look at the making of THIS ISLAND EARTH
  • WAR OF THE PLANETS: 1958 Castle Films release for the home market including both the 50-foot silent Headline edition and the 200-foot sound Complete edition.
  • Trailers from Hell – This Island Earth with commentary by filmmaker Joe Dante
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries – poster and lobby cards, publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement officially announcing this upcoming release.

PRESS RELEASE:

SCREAM FACTORY PRESENTS

THE CLASSIC SCI-FI FLICK

THIS ISLAND EARTH

ON BLU-RAY JULY 9, 2019

“A landmark science-fiction film! An intelligent interplanetary epic filled with beautifully crafted designs and marvelous special effects!”– TV Guide

Los Angeles, CA – One of the all-time classic sci-fi films comes to Blu-ray on July 9, when Scream Factory launches This Island Earth into orbit. Extras are plentiful, and include new audio commentary with author Robert Skotak, a new audio interview with film historian David Schecter, a new interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi, a new text-based gallery of information titled Facts about Perspecta Stereophonic Sound by Bob Furmanek, and much, much more.

When atomic scientist Dr. Meacham (Rex Reason, The Creature Walks Among Us) is chosen to take part in a top-secret research experiment in a remote lab, he quickly discovers that he is really involved in an evil scheme by alien Metalunans to take over Earth. After he and the gorgeous Dr. Adams (Faith Domergue, It Came From Beneath The Sea) make their escape shortly before the lab explodes, they are whisked away in a flying saucer to Metaluna, where they are blamed for the destruction. Will interstellar negotiation save the day or will the scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the death?

Special Features
  • NEW 4K scan of the inter-positive – Two aspect ratios: 1.85:1 and 1.37:1
  • NEW The Original Perspecta Stereophonic Sound restored by 3-D Film Archive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with author and Academy Award winning visual effects artist Robert Skotak
  • NEW Audio Interview with film historian David Schecter on the music of THIS ISLAND EARTH
  • NEW Alien Ideas – an interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash)
  • NEW Facts about Perspecta Stereophonic Sound by Bob Furmanek
  • THIS ISLAND EARTH – Two and A Half Years in the Making: The Extended Documentary – a look at the making of THIS ISLAND EARTH
  • WAR OF THE PLANETS: 1958 Castle Films release for the home market including both the 50-foot silent Headline edition and the 200-foot sound Complete edition.
  • Trailers from Hell – This Island Earth with commentary by filmmaker Joe Dante
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries – poster and lobby cards, publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos
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