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 Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller, Russell 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.